Detroit warns us urbanists, planners and placemakers that we can’t allow placemaking to be mere decoration. Resilient places is about a placemaking which deeply considers the economics of place.
May 2013 - NewStart
You see once ordinary people understand the challenge, and start to support it financially, the challenge changes. People talk about how and when, not if and where.
Heresay.org.uk is a social media monitoring tool for organisations who work with communities. In the commercial sector companies monitor the web to see who mentions their brand names and what they say. Heresay is the same idea, but for organisations that care about communities.
At the heart of the Prepare for Change (P4C) project is the monitoring unit; a ‘crow’s nest’ from which horizon scanning is conducted. The Schumacher Institute collects early and weak signs of change, listens to what the experts are saying and gathers predictions, forecasts and opinions. A workshop participant noted that the project is, quite simply, 'looking out for what is coming towards us'.
ISSUE 511, MAY 2013 *SPECIAL FOCUS ON LOCAL PHILANTHROPY*
Finding new sources of funding as the public sector retreats is a key challenge for local economies. The beginnings of a shift from large banks and funding streams towards localised sources of finance is driving change across the UK. Here's ten of the best ideas for ensuring that finance works harder for local areas.
In the centenary year of the Carnegie UK Trust, chief executive Martyn Evans looks back over its 100 years of innovative social change and argues for the need for greater partnerships to tackle today’s social issues.
The philanthropists of the past invested in the shared assets and common wealth of a city. A Local Endowment Fund for people-centred approaches to regeneration could do the same in the 21st century, says Julian Dobson.
As public funds diminish, philanthropy is returning to its roots and focusing on local issues. But can the UK follow the US and embrace mission-related local investment, asks David Boyle.
As household’s struggle with rising levels of debt, should local government step in to help? Clare Cummings reports on a scheme in Holland in which state support for debt management is paying off.