Ratio partnered with the Association of Camarados on their concept of a living room. Theirs was a different idea. Analogous but different. Their focus is creating friends and purpose. It is citizen focused (not citizen and public system focused) and they are driven by a sense of justice for people on the edges of society.

The two reports below summarise some of the early learning from Camerados. Possibly relevant to the Walworth Living Room is:

  • Camerados’ preparedness to learn from failure and radically adapt the loving room concept, moving from cafés in libraries to teepees in hospitals
  • just how hard the café part of the concept is to deliver, hence the lesson drawn quite early on ‘Camarados doesn’t do cafes’.
  • there is also a mechanism of change in the Camerado’s work, an explanation for why a connection in a living room would lead to change in health and development. Does this hold in the Walworth Living Room?

Pembroke does food, always has done, and the attention to detail afforded by the general settlement approach (see history) and the chore-graphical method emerging from the dt17 work (see method) explains why the Walworth Living Room can be different.

Download here 1st & here 2nd Camerados learning reports.