Kantar Futures Blog

Category: communities

communities, culture, future, trends

Library futures

Andrew Curry and Victoria Ward write: Last week Francine Houben of Mecanoo Architecten talked about their design of Birmingham’s future library as a “living room for the city”. More than just storage, a dynamic… Read More »

communities, politics

Getting to the Big Society

By Alex Oliver One of the more-commented on features of David Cameron’s Party Conference speech in Manchester was how little he mentioned the ‘Big Society’. Twice, in fact. You could… Read More »

The future’s here – even in Thanet – it is just unevenly distributed…

ageing, communities, future, sustainability

The future’s here – even in Thanet – it is just unevenly distributed…

Eleanor Cooksey writes: We often use this quote[1] but, as far as I know, have never applied it to thinking about this part of the country. Thanet (the area of… Read More »

Recession 2.0

communities, consumers, customer service, digital, economic downturn, financial services, personal finance

Recession 2.0

Giles Powdrill writes: “A powerful global conversation has begun. Through the Internet, people are discovering and inventing new ways to share relevant knowledge with blinding speed. As a direct result,… Read More »

Repairing the material world

communities, culture, economic downturn, places, social responsibility

Repairing the material world

Emily Pitts writes: Demos’s recently launched ‘It’s a material world’ argues for the social value of heritage conservation, at a time when budgets for conservation courses are being slashed and… Read More »

Inequality and public services

communities, places, politics, research

Inequality and public services

Rebecca Nash writes: ‘Public facing’ and ‘academic’ are two personal attributes that often don’t go together. But the IIPS was fortunate to host this rare breed at a breakfast briefing… Read More »

We are what we do

communities

We are what we do

Anouk Van Den Eijnde writes: With increased mobility and growth of individualism in British society, the sense of community spirit is in decline. As part of our biennial Planning for… Read More »

A sense of place

communities, identity, space

A sense of place

© Stacey Yates Stacey Yates writes: As well as working at HCHLV I’m also trained as a photographer and I was recently invited to create work in response to the… Read More »

Growing support

behavior change, cities, communities, food, sustainability

Growing support

Jo Phillips writes: This weekend I bought 20 lettuce seedlings for a £1 from a country market. Should even a few of these grow into healthy sized lollo rosso, I… Read More »