Answer: Yes, in fact it often makes money.Just look at the National Citizen Service.  Every summer, National Citizen Service brings together local teenagers from all ethnic and income groups come together, build lasting friendships and make their mark in their community.
Answer: It’s not about money, it’s about determination.
Monday, 08 April 2013

Compost: free to a good home

Last weekend in the cold I visited a local market.  The lady running one of the stalls had been standing in the cold for hours.  Despite this she gave us a warm smile and shared her vision: A community owned car that could be used in a pay-as-you-go way. A…
Friday, 05 April 2013

What happens when you look up?

I like looking down.  I like iPhones and laptops, Kindles and newspapers, typing texts, writing emails, downloading and uploading. But how often do we forget to look up and outward? Working at The Challenge Network, I am constantly surprised how easy it can be to be a connector in any community when you start taking part, when you ask people…
Answer 1: Yes, it’s like investing in infrastructure.If there’s one thing everyone agrees we should spend more on it’s infrastructure. Bridges, roads, and trainlines make it quicker to meet people we do business with. So we need them even more when the economy is struggling.
Wednesday, 03 April 2013

Is the web really connecting us?

Who is ‘your community’? The people you live near? The people you pray with? The people with the same colour skin as you? Or something else entirely?Over Easter I visited old friends. Like me, they are from Ireland but don’t feel part of the Expat Irish community, they live in…
Thursday, 28 March 2013

Two Doors Too Far?

Recently, we had some friends over for dinner.  We chatted about our work, our children, our gadgets! Then the conversation slowly turned to our  neighbours.Our friends mentioned that they had lived in their house for 5 years, and didn’t know their neighbours’ names on either side. They had shared the…
The UK always been a diverse country. A mix of ages, professions, incomes and interests. We are now also an ethnically diverse country – by 2030, a third of people will be non-white.That doesn’t mean that we need to be a divided country. It does need  we neet to work…
Tuesday, 26 March 2013

The Good Tax?

No taxes are fun to pay. But a recent conversation made me think that stamp duty – the tax you pay when you buy a new home – might be a good thing.I was speaking to one of our partners in North London – a local charity which provides great…
A recent study has revealed that Britain is divided at a local level, with social divides being most common within communities. The study found that despite living on neighbouring streets, residents live separate lives due to the income gap between them.
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