An informal live radio discussion show encouraging local Hackney residents and members of Hackney Stream +55 group at Open School East created to engage in conversation around topics that matter most to them. This initiative is part of an on going programme designed to encourage older Hackney residents to stay active, socialise and learn new skills. 


Brief and objectives

 After an incredibly successful one-off live radio event in collaboration with The Decorators and The Hackney Circle at Dalston Eastern Curve Garden it was clear that a live stream radio format is wonderfully effective framework for initiating the types conversation and lively debate that isn’t necessarily available in a social environment or more formal setting.

Proposal and Outcomes

The shows were a combination of fluid discussion around a universal topic (Isolation, Missions, Home, Youth.. ) or participates were invited to have an in depth conversation/interview with a guest from the local community. The group were also invited to The V&A Friday Lates to participate in a live broadcast about their experience of the museum being created as the first people’s museum. For many this was their first visit.

The discussion show format with a host facilitating the conversation meant that participants were encouraged to talk, but also to actively listen to each other, creating an immersive and informative experience and forming the template for future social broadcasts.

Facilitated by: Lucia Scazzocchio, Rick Crust, Laurence Taylor and Joseph Bond