Birmingham and the West Midlands have a history of strong civil society and social innovation, from the philanthropism of the Quakers to today’s social enterprise quarter. Here are ten of the best ideas for change in the region:
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A group of young adults living in Heath Town in Wolverhampton are turning their estate into a digital factory. Operating out of disused shops, a closed-down youth club and former underground car park, they are transforming the heritage of the past using the tools of the future.
The new Midlands Metropolitan Hospital plans to be embedded within its local economy in a similar way to that of Cadbury’s in Bourneville, offering a test case for the new role of anchor institutions in regeneration.
Here are the key lessons learned from discussions around economic development policy in the United States.
The scale of the challenge meant that something drastic had to be done to respond and to stop a city with a heritage of industry, manufacturing, health organisations and universities from floundering. The response has been one of collaboration with key organisations coming together to reinvigorate and rejuvenate the local economy.
Greater Manchester is a people-powered city, a fact reflected in the number of organisations creating social and economic change across the region. Here’s ten of the best:
Focusing on ‘what’s strong, not what’s wrong’, asset based community development is helping local areas shake off their ‘deprived’ status and build themselves from the bottom up
Fixing our broken food system has never been more important, for both sustainability and health outcomes. But challenging the industrial model is not easy, as Clare Goff found out
The story of Manchester’s economic success jars with the city’s poverty levels. Can the city’s devolution deal – Devo Manc – plug the gap?
Fixing our broken food system is vital for both sustainability and health outcomes. But challenging the industrial model is not easy.