Dougald is the founder and director of Space Makers Agency.
In early 2009, he began organising monthly Space Makers meetups around London for anyone interested in rethinking the spaces in which we spend our time. These events brought together artists and activists, architects, policy-makers and social entrepreneurs. The aim was to connect the immediate challenges and opportunities presented by the economic crisis to the longer term trends in our use of shops, workplaces, homes and social spaces.
His interest in the creative reuse of space began as a BBC journalist and community activist in Sheffield, based in the middle of the city’s Cultural Industries Quarter, which had grown out of the takeover of former industrial buildings by artists and musicians. He was part of the collective which ran the MATILDA centre (2005−6), while as a member of the Access Space media lab he began exploring the potential of spaces where online and offline meet.
In 2006, he co-founded School of Everything, an award-winning internet startup which helps people organise their own education. With Paul Kingsnorth, he is the author of ‘Uncivilisation: The Dark Mountain Manifesto’, the editor of the Dark Mountain journal and organiser of an annual festival of stories and ideas.
In 2009, he was named in The Independent’s Hospital 100 list of the most influential figures in the UK’s creative industries.
He lives in Brixton.