Alice Ferguson

In 2009, Alice and her neighbour Amy Rose came up with the idea of temporarily transforming their street into a safe ‘shared space’ where children could play out freely, simply by closing the road to through-traffic for a short time. This model was intended as a catalyst for debate and a culture-shift towards all children having greater freedom to play out where they live. Alice is now director of Playing Out CIC, a not-for-proftit organisation set up to support the growing national movement of residents across the UK actively involved in making their streets a place to play. Alice is a mum of two and considers herself towards the free-range end of the parenting spectrum.

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Saturday 17 October 2015, 16.00 Frobisher 1-3

Judgement by our peers: is the jury out?

"Five debates a day sounds a bit daunting beforehand, but I really loved it. The speakers are so knowledgeable and passionate about their chosen topic, and the amount of time dedicated to questions from the audience was great as it really brought in alternative views."
Exeter University student

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