Published: 9th Mar 2012

It seems an age since any politician has been brave enough to mention green shoots, but things are certainly stirring at the grassroots, if not at the macro economic level. As we continue to shape our definitions of the Big Society, one theme is emerging: some of the most effective drivers of social change are coming from the bottom up. Communities are realising that while they may not be able to solve the international banking crisis, they can make a real difference to the quality of life in the areas closest to them. Often, they will need just a modest amount of moral support, technical help and financial input to turn a bright idea into a sustainable project that can create lasting benefits. We at Groundwork have been putting this formula into practice since the early 1980s and as we celebrate our 30th birthday we are – to coin another … (To read the full article, subscribe below)