How can social enterprise practitioners and local community members co-​design and develop tools to support a community engagement process over a renewal project?

The tools for renewal project aims to co-​design creative tools to support social enterprises in a community engagement process during a renewal project. We want to explore how and in what ways the restoration of the facilities of a social enterprise can become the vehicle to set a long-​term community engagement, collectively imaging and shaping the future spatial dimensions, as well as capture ideas for developing services that can make a real difference for the future of such a social enterprise and its wider community. In collaboration with Newbold Trust we will question what is the role and potentialities of the physical resources of social enterprises in order to contribute to create a positive change within their environment. The ultimate goal of this project is to use this research to inform the design of tools that can help social enterprises to embed community engagement in a renewal project, integrating citizens’ voices and activating them in the decision-​making process.

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Almost ready for the Harvest Festival.

The ‘tools for renewal’ project continues its creative path in developing the tools which will support our main partner Newbold Trust engage with its communities. We are working hard to …

Doing and learning: collective actioning.

On the following day, after our last co-​​design workshop (see previous blog), we had a rapid brainstorming session at Newbold House with staff members and volunteers. This workshop aimed to crystallise …

Co-​designing after an engagement-​deliberative walk

Last week the Leapfrog team travelled to Forres to host the second co-​​design workshop for the ‘Tools for Renewal’ project, with our partners from New Bold House. This time the …

Workshop 1: a deliberative walk

The first co-​​design workshop of the exciting project ‘Tools for Renewal’ was launched last Tuesday at the Newbold House. People drawn from Newbold Trust, Findhorn Foundation and Forres local community …