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About Katharine Hibbert

Katharine Hibbert is currently setting up a social enterprise to bring empty properties back into use. She works for Intelligence Squared and is the author of Free: Adventures on the Margins of a Wasteful Society, which describes her experiences as a squatter and a scavenger.

Articles by Katharine Hibbert

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Phoebe Braithwaite is openDemocracy’s submissions editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

12 mph politics - the conversation

Breaking records, hospitality, racism, poverty, globalisation and two concepts of hope ... the film of an evening of conversation around "Life Cycles", Julian Sayarer's account of his record-breaking cycling circumnavigation of the globe

Defending property guardianship - everyone benefits

Guardianship, organisations placing people in unoccupied homes as we do at Dot Dot Dot, has come under a fair amount of criticism - most of it is not justified.

Optimism, pessimism and rationality

In a review essay of Matt Ridley's "The rational optimist" and Mark Boyle's "The moneyless man", scavenger and squatter Katharine Hibbert sympathises with alternative living but also wants clear thinking

Gutted: council staff wreck council flats

Katharine Hibbert recalls her experiences living in a London squat: councils trashing vacant flats, all to prevent desperate people making some use of them
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