Read about how people and places are changing through Big Local in our essay series written by independent thinkers
Linking the stories that connect community organisers across the world, from 1940-2020
Glimpses into the past, present and future
What can we learn from community responses to crises?
Taking action to make a change
Louise Tickle meets the people who have triumphed in the face of adversity
How Big Local areas are levelling the scales of local power
David Boyle explores what healthy local democracy looks like in three Big Local areas
How sport can unite and transform communities
Ryan Herman visits five Big Local areas where sport is helping communities to transcend physical, social and political boundaries and tackle some of their biggest underlying challenges.
Why communities are investing in young people’s futures
Antony Mason considers how four Big Local areas – Wick Award, Church Hill, Stoke North and Coastal Community Challenge – are each choosing to prioritise the welfare of young people.
Art, communities and change
Maddy Costa explores how four Big Local areas – Newington, Clubmoor, Devonshire West and Winterton – are each using arts and creativity to transform their neighbourhoods.
How communities are reshaping the economy from the bottom up
Hazel Sheffield discovers the power of individuals partnering with communities to create change.
What can history do for hard-pressed communities?
Carey Newson explores how four Big Local areas – Ramsey, Plaistow, Gateshead and Boston – are each tapping into unique local histories to reignite pride in their community.
The changing role of faith in place
In this compelling tour of five Big Local areas, Stephen Bates interviews a range of people about how faith motivates and sustains their involvement in community.