Tom Doust wins £100k design award for Pop up Parks
A new enterprise created by 2013 Clore Social Fellow, Tom Doust, is today announced as a winner of the Knee High Design Challenge. Tom has been awarded £100k to embed and evaluate his Pop up Parks project in the London boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark.
Funded by Guy’s and St Thomas’ Charity, the Knee High Design Challenge is a competition to kick-start new ways to crack persistent public health issues that could have a lasting influence on children in later life.
With an estimated 64 percent of children aged 8-12 playing outside less than once a week, Tom began working with designers and local communities to get families outdoors and interacting with one another. Pop up Parks is now creating vibrant spaces in urban and densely populated environments to encourage children and families to be more playful, creative and physically active outside the home, improving their health and wellbeing.
Had it not been for Tom’s Fellowship, he wouldn’t have entered the competition:
“I heard about the Design Challenge towards the end of my Fellowship year. I submitted an idea that, before my Fellowship, probably I would have dismissed as idiosyncratic. Post Fellowship, I was fearless: I was open to risk and the possibility of failure, I knew my idea was embryonic and I felt comfortable talking to people about it.”
Find out more about Pop up Parks at www.popupparks.org.uk
Follow them at @PopUpParks
Hear about Tom’s leadership journey here
Read more about the Design Challenge here