James Green, Futures Programme Director at the National Housing Federation / February 1, 2018

Got an idea for how the housing sector could change the world?

Our 15th and final Ideas Lab has come to a close. It was another inspiring event with great ideas from housing association staff from across our sector. Now 300 people from close 150 housing associations have participated in our Ideas Labs, generating hundreds of brilliant ideas.

At every Ideas Lab I’ve been struck by just how creative and engaged the people in our sector are. The talent is clear to see, as is the imagination to come up with new ways to tackle the big social challenges we face.

Now we need to go even further, because the more ideas we generate, the better chance we have of coming up with the groundbreaking solutions we need. And if housing association staff and tenants with a really diverse range of experiences get involved we’re more likely to land on the insight we need to make a transformative difference.

So now we’re launching the next stage of our ideas generation: we need staff and tenants from every part of the housing sector to share your brilliant ideas with us.

We’ve produced a range of tools and resources to help you generate truly innovative ideas and we’re exhibiting all shared ideas in an online gallery to help inspire others.

Ideas that change the world emerge when someone falls in love with a problem, and is willing to change their idea to solve it. That’s what the Greenhouse is all about. We received nearly 100 applications for this from more than 55 housing associations, covering organisations of all sizes and from every region in the country. The final teams who will fall in love with one of the social problems we collectively identified and use your ideas to develop tangible concepts for products or services that help to tackle it.

15 Ideas Labs later and we’re at the start of something genuinely groundbreaking. No-one has ever tried social innovation on a sector-wide scale before but from the talent and passion we’ve seen at the Ideas Labs and in the applications for the Greenhouse, it’s clear that we’re more than up to the challenge.

This is where you come in.

James Green, Futures Programme Director at the National Housing Federation


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