Acting and environmental engineering might seem an odd mix. But for the Arcola Theatre in Dalston, it has proven a successful recipe for upskilling young people, working with migrant groups, creating a resilient community asset and increasing eco-awareness in a highly diverse part of the London Borough of Hackney. @arcolatheatre
An arts venue and platform that has focused on improving the night-time culture of the city\'s harbour front; in the iShed it has created an incubator to enable and support innovation and collaboration between computing, communications, and the creative industries. @wshed
A company that produces recycled music instruments from everyday household waste, and offers music and sustainability workshops for schools, festivals and council events.
|Fabrica de Artes y Oficios (FARO) de Oriente|
A cultural centre in one ofthe city's poorest and most violent areas; it engages local people in co-organising the security around local events, reducing the need for police involvement and creating a gang-free zone.
In the heart of Copenhagen's shopping district is one very different venture: Baisikeli is a bicycle salvage workshop, an ethical bike rental company and a remarkable international development initiative based on resource sharing, skills transfer and micro-loans.
Increases young people\'s mobility by teaching them repair skills and giving them a second-hand bicycle, which they pay back by doing community work; the city is aiming to triple bike usage between 2007 and 2017. @bikeworks206
|Union Cycle Works|
A not-for-profit co-operative cycling project housed in on old railway arch in Deptford, which trains homeless and unemployed people in repairing used bicycles, thereby increasing their mobility and employability. @unioncycleworks
|First Step Trust: SMaRT|
A social enterprise garage service that repairs or dismantles and recycles abandoned cars, offering work placements and employment for young people and longterm unemployed adults.
|Space Makers Agency|
An alternative approach to retail
revitalisation has succeeded where
previous regeneration attempts by
the council and landowners had
failed. Space Makers Agency, a
social enterprise, used an extensive
personal network, a clear sense of
direction and a savvy social media
approach to create a buzz of activity
and a pathway to a reborn, sociable
market place. @spacemkrs
|MeanWhile London: Opportunity Docks|
Was a competition to find \'meanwhile\' use for three sites in London\'s Royal Docks in the London Borough of Newham, next to a Olympic Game, 2012 venue.
‘Meanwhile use’ is the temporary use of vacant buildings or land for a socially beneficial purpose until such a time that they can be brought back into commercial use again. @meanwhile_space
|High Town Art For All|
An artist's collective that took over three vacant shops, facilitated by the Meanwhile Project, to use as studios, workshops, and spaces for exhibitions, poetry evenings, and training sessions for local businesses. @hightownart4all
A web-based platform connecting more than 57,000 people who have vacant land to share with people who want land for cultivating food. @landshare
|The Bromley by Bow Centre|
Creating a culture that encourages people to come forward with ideas has helped turn an underused church and its ancillary premises into a hugely popular local asset. A new minister decided to open the hall up for community use, and created a base for a wide range of initiatives. Incrementally, this has grown into a revolutionary organisation.
|The Park Local Opportunity Centre|
A community hub that grew out of a former secondary school and now offers a variety of services, activities and business opportunities to the local community.
|Central Surrey Health|
One of the first employee co-owned social enterprises within the NHS, spun out of the local Primary Core Trust. It is a not-for-profit organisation that provides community nursing and therapy services to the people of central Surrey.
|The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co (826NYC)|
The Brooklyn Superhero Supply Co. in New York City is a small shop selling all types of superhero gear from photon shooters to invisibility potions. However, hidden behind a trick bookshelf is 826NYC, part of a network of non-profit organisations supporting young people with their writing skills. The place creates a magic experience integrated in the everyday of a shopping street in Brooklyn, and extends a highly original invitation to participate both to potential volunteers and to youngsters. @826NYC
|Hoxton Street Monster Supplies|
The eerie store front for the Ministry of Stories, a teaching centre co-founded by author Nick Hornby, inspired by 826 Valencia. @Mini_Stories
An out-of-school educational hub that started by offering week-long creative workshops during the summer vacation. @HackneyPirates
Magic and whimsy worked to connect the tutoring centre with the community: its culture of creativity and adventure helped to attract curious locals as potential volunteers, and children for whom this place was clearly different than school or other places associated with "being helped". @826_Valencia