Every two years Nesta and The Observer New Review showcase 50 individuals and organisations that are changing the UK for the better – and in 2018 a Knowle West initiative is one of them!
Our We Can Make housing programme has been selected as one of 50 ‘New Radicals’ – a list of individuals, organisations and initiatives from around the UK “developing creative ways of tackling society’s biggest challenges.”
At a time when working people can expect to pay around 7.6 times their annual earnings on purchasing a home in England and Wales, We Can Make aims to ensure that communities, not property developers, call the shots: where homes are built to meet local need using local assets and skills.
Led by Knowle West Media Centre and White Design, We Can Make brings together Knowle West residents, artists, academics, designers, architects and policy makers to try out new ideas for sustainable, affordable housing.
Almost a year to the day since the straw-bale We Can Make test home opened next to Filwood Community Centre, the initiative has been recognised as an innovative approach to tackling the challenge of unaffordable housing – an issue that affects communities in Bristol and across the country. Read the New Radicals profile of We Can Make here.
For more information about We Can Make and how you could get involved contact Melissa or call 0117 903 0444.
The We Can Make test home hosts an open house every Thursday afternoon from 2-6pm if you’d like to drop in and find out more. Find the house on the corner of Barnstaple Road and Marwood Road, next to Filwood Community Centre.
New Radicals is a search led by Nesta, the innovation foundation, and The Observer to find “the top people, projects and organisations offering innovative ways to tackle social challenges.” It was launched in 2012 and runs every two years.
For more information and the full list of 2018 New Radicals visit the NESTA website.
Nesta is a global innovation foundation. It backs new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time, through its knowledge, networks, funding and skills. Nesta works in partnership with others, including governments, businesses and charities. It is a UK charity that works all over the world, supported by a financial endowment. To find out more visit their website. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833.