Connected Communities Catalyst Fund Reports 2016-18


The Connected Communities Catalyst Fund 2016-18 was intended to support the consolidation of exciting new ideas arising from the Connected Communities programme. Specifically, the fund aimed to explore the question: What new insights relating to the nature, dynamics and role of communities are emerging from CC projects?

The projects that have been completed over 2016 to 2018 explored a number of facets of this question, and their final reports will be stored here as a resource for all those working on collaborative programmes. 


Cross-Pollination Writing Retreat: Report

A reflection on a writing retreat that took place between participants in two Connected Communities projects, comparing and contrasting their experiences, and the practical knowledge and insights they had gained.


Learning Cities: Report 

This report explored three Connected Communities projects by their respective participants in order to discuss common threads, and reflect on the potential of “citizen-led learning”.


Utopia as Method: Report

The project Utopia as Method was intended to exchange thoughts, methodology, and approaches from three Connected Communities projects, as reflected through Ruth Levitas’s ‘Utopia as Method: The Imaginary Reconstitution of Society’.


Critical Conversations with Community Researchers: Report

This report documents a day-long event held with researchers from three different Connected Communities projects. It was intended to provoke ‘critical conversations’ across the projects, and the report summarises the proceedings and the findings.


Co-creating Pathways for Change: Who is our ‘community’?: Report

This report explores the role of healthcare professionals and community members in the co-creation of knowledge on health and wellbeing within wider healthcare settings (rural/urban; Scotland/England) and in relation to research findings from other Connected Communities projects.


Wellmaking: Co-building Pathways for Empathy: Report

This report documents a one day interactive workshop at the Wellcome Collection in London 2017 which explored new research on inclusive design and empathy with a particular focus on how maker spaces might be better understood as ‘well-making spaces’: spaces of empathy that promote health and wellbeing.