HeART of the Matter: People make Places How do people in rural areas put their towns, villages and landscapes on the map? People Make Places is a hands-on look at what ‘place making’ means in towns, villages and rural communities. It brought together an outstanding group of speakers and workshop leaders to stimulate and lead conversations about building big ideas for smaller places. How do we grow enthusiasm and get noticed? What are the challenges and barriers we face? How can we tackle these by thinking differently and working together? Speakers included: Pam Warhurst CBE, chair of Pennine Prospects and founder of Incredible Edible John Fox MBE and Sue Gill, founders of Dead Good GuidesRuth Ben Tovim: Founder and Creative Associate of Encounters ArtsParticipants looked in detail at the issues faced by community projects in smaller places and rural areas, and working together to find solutions. The event was attended by community groups, artists, academics, local activists, placemaking and landscape professionals, local government and relevant organisations.