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Introducing the Neighbourhood Challenge: Seventeen Stories Begin

Introducing the Neighbourhood Challenge: Seventeen Stories Begin

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Descriptions of NESTA's 17 Neighbourhood Challenge projects detailing the plans of community organisations across England that are testing new ways to galvanize and support local people to take action in their neighbourhoods.
Descriptions of NESTA's 17 Neighbourhood Challenge projects detailing the plans of community organisations across England that are testing new ways to galvanize and support local people to take action in their neighbourhoods.

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Published by: Nesta on Aug 18, 2011
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Introducing the
 
neighbourhoodchallenge
Seventeen stories begin
 
 
Thanks to Nicola Stenberg and the team at Icarus or gatheringand compiling all o the inormation used to produce this paper,to NESTA colleagues Ruth Puttick, Halima Khan and PerrieBallantyne or their comments. Thanks also to Carrie Deaconand the team at NCVO or production support.A special thank you to all 17 projects or all o their hard workand innovative ideas.I you have any questions about the Neighbourhood Challengeplease contact the programme lead Alice Casey,
alic.cay@nta..k
, who edited this paper.I you would like to stay up to date and to hear more rom theprojects themselves, you can read the programme blog, andnd links to individual project blogs at:
ttp://ncalln.wp.cm/ 
acknowledgements
 
Fw y Pilip Cllian
How can communities lead meaningful change in their neighbourhoods? What approaches to stimulating and  supporting community-led action work best in different areas?How can government and funders catalyse locally-led innovationin a way that achieves impact at any kind of scale?
These are some o the questions that we are trying to answerthrough the Neighbourhood Challenge, learning rom thepractical experience o 17 community organisations acrossEngland that are testing new ways to galvanize and supportlocal people to take action in their neighbourhoods.The Neighbourhood Challenge is a programme rom NESTA andthe Big Lottery Fund, two organisations with a long-standinginterest in and passion or the potential or communities tocreate innovative responses to their own priorities.In 2008 NESTA ran the Big Green Challenge, at the time, theworld’s rst social Challenge Prize demonstrating that with theright incentives and support communities could be the sourceo radical new solutions to seemingly intractable problems. TheBig Lottery Fund’s Village SOS has shown that communitieshave incredible and oten untapped capacity that can beunleashed through a careully designed intervention. These arenew ways o unding community action that unlock the assetsand creative potential that exist in all communities.We started with a simple shared assumption: that equippedwith the right skills, practical tools and small, catalytic amountso money, community organisations can also unlock thathidden potential and galvanise people to work together tocreate innovative responses to local priorities. We wanted touse practical examples to test this assumption, creating newinsights into the skills, tools, nance and support that would beneeded, and learning about the system-level changes necessaryto have impact at scale.O course, this is what many o the best communityorganisations have been doing or a very long time. In the UKand across the world there are well established traditions ocommunity organising, community development and other
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