New Way Cafe

Climate for Change


( Concept )

What if museums took a lead in connecting people, ideas and resources, to inspire climate action? The traditional role of the museum is one that operates in a cultural space, tasked with preserving culture. This role, though important, can separate the museum from aspects of society concerned with creating the future, including decision-making spaces integral to imagining, designing and creating climate action. The New Way Cafe looks to close this divide by expanding the role of the museum, realising its potential as a node within multiple networks that can link people, ideas and resources across multiple scales.

Museums as local network nodes can connect people, build social capital, be a platform for local responses to environmental challenges and facilitate their fruition.

Museums as institutional nodes can connect decision makers to new local initiatives and local networks. They can act as a platform to facilitate local participatory or deliberative democracy.

Museums as international nodes can share best practices with other museums or cultural institutions.

The New Way Cafe is a pop-up space that aims to draw these different strands together. opening them up to the public by peaking curiosity, structuring engagement and allowing free space for playfulness and imagination.

Project Team
Climate for Change
Project Name
New Way Cafe
Team Location
UK, UK wide
Community, activism & engagement