30 July 2013
This morning I walked over Millennium bridge on my way to work.  On the middle of the bridge, a guy was handing out some flyers …
15 July 2013
Last week, Katie Hopkins stirred up much hatred across the country for admitting she wouldn’t like her children to play with kids …
12 July 2013
This summer over 14,000 young people will take part in NCS powered by The Challenge. For 15-17 year olds across the country, NCS …
05 July 2013
From 20th century Cold War espionage to last month’s PRISM story, spying has remained a well-established practice within our …
03 July 2013
This is a story of a game for two people. The game is called the Ultimatum game. It works like this.The first person is the …
28 June 2013
My eldest daughter is three years old. I like to think I know most of what is going on in her life. But whenever her grandmother …
27 June 2013
My eldest daughter is three years old. I like to think I know most of what is going on in her life. But whenever her grandmother …
26 June 2013
My eldest daughter is three years old. I like to think I know most of what is going on in her life. But whenever her grandmother …
21 June 2013
We believe integration policy really matters. People aged under 55 living in the UK trust their neighbours less than in any other …
20 June 2013
We believe integration policy really matters. People aged under 55 living in the UK trust their neighbours less than in any other …
Tuesday, 14 May 2013

What tribe are you from?

Five  years ago there was a lot of violence in Kenya. More than 1000 people died. You might know this because it was on the news. I know this because I was living there.

Do you ever buy a newspaper?  If so, which one?

Wednesday, 08 May 2013

You can’t change the world

I don’t mean to be a downer, but you can’t. Let’s start with the Maths. There’s 6 billion people in the world. Assuming you live to 70, you’ll be on this earth for 2 billion seconds. So that’s changing 3 lives every second (assuming you don’t sleep).

The UK is on track to be the most ethnically diverse country in Europe by 2050. During the same time period, the UK population will also become much more diverse by age (more and more of us will be either teenagers or pensioners) and income (the gap between the rich and poor is growing again).

Got a hedge? Where do you keep your hedgetrimmer? Sam Stephens keeps his in his neighbour’s house round the corner. And the stepladder to help reach the top of the hedge? Sam keeps that in another neighbour’s house in the next street along.

More than discomfort with strange sights, sounds and smells … culture shock arises from not knowing the rules and nuances of everyday interaction. When you’re with people you’re similar to, a good guess can be made at how they will react to a joke, a hug, or a complaint. Thrown into an alien situation, confidence in your assumptions breaks down, leaving you unsure of how to act and talk to connect with others.

The Challenge Network exists to bring people together.  We think it matters that people in the UK trust each other less than any other country in Europe.  The irony is that lots of us have ideas for how to bring people together.  But not all of us act on them.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

The town that grew together

Todmorden is a small town in West Yorkshire. It has few claims to fame. John Tettley the weatherman is from here, Cherie Blair’s dad lives here, and in 1980 a local policeman claimed to be abducted by aliens.

If you visit Todmorden today, I would wager that you won’t see John Tettley, Cherie Blair’s dad or an alien abduction.

Today’s creative way of bringing people together starts with a circle.  A circle of people who all live in one part of south London.  A circle made up mostly of older citizens looking out for each other.

Monday, 22 April 2013

Our favourite disused phonebox

Last weekend whilst walking through the small village of Thurlstone in Devon, I came across an inspiring example of how to bring people together.

Here in this village, the old iconic red phonebox has been turned into a mini library with a broad selection of books. The result? A valuable service for local people, owned by local people and bringing local people together.

Latest Tweets

@RichardHounslow @leevalleywwc thanks Richard and everyone at Lee Valley, @QBEeo, DRM and @BritishGas for raising over £50k for @TCNUK

by Challenge Network

Olympic silver medalist Richard Hounslow joins us at The Challenge Network’s #TCNWhiteWaterRafting @QBEoe http://t.co/r3ejsWtBUJ

by Challenge Network

@QBEeo employees racing to raise money for The Challenge Network #TCNWhiteWaterRafting http://t.co/vOU0sGvVub

by Challenge Network

140 fabulous employees from @QBEeo getting ready to white water raft to raise money for The Challenge Network http://t.co/eoHTwzAk7T

by Challenge Network

Follow us on Twitter

Case Studies

+ Young people       + Parents
+ Teachers               + Community partners
+ Funders                 + Professional Partners

Social Media

Select: