The two groups are usually separated by age and experience, but founder Jane Riddiford believes they have a lot to share. She founded Global Generation as an urban gardening initiative, teaching kids to grow food on top of office buildings and in skips on developers’ land in London’s kings cross.

In turn the kids—or “ Generators ”, as they’re called by the organisation—teach local businesses like The Guardian newspaper and branding agency Wolff Olins to set up roof gardens at their offices. The garden is the neutral but fertile space where the kids and employees come together to share and benefit from each other’s knowledge and creative influence.

The collaborative projects develop what Global Generation calls a “ bio-diverse and social ecology ” in the local community, enabling young people to be catalysts for social innovation. With its mantra, “ I, We and the planet ”, Global Generation creates spaces for kids to become confident individuals and active members of their community, while bringing environment awareness to the world around them.

This and more inspiring projects can be found in the print copy of A smart guide to Utopia or the ebook version.