#thehullwewant was inspired by research project The Society We Want (2015) developed by Barry Knight with Rethinking Poverty (formerly the Webb Memorial Trust). As part of the project, Knight hosted a national event in Hull to discuss community action in the age of austerity.
Hull is described as the fourth most deprived city in the UK. #thehullwewant was created following a community partnership event, hosted at the University, which aimed to work with individuals to reimagine their futures by identifying their current needs and articulating their dreams.
It’s often difficult for people to imagine a different way of being when experiencing difficult and complex times – so our aim was to tease out what "good" would look like and explore how that may be achieved using participatory approaches to engagement. Communities often experience being ‘done to’ so we worked with communities to foreground their voices in an attempt to contribute to social change.