British Council Crafting Futures Network and Future Build 2019 success.

Great news for Duncan Baker Brown, Nick Gant and colleagues as the application to become a member of the British Council Crafting Futures Network was successful. They are now part of a small, exclusive group of institutions that will be taking the British Council’s new priority programmes to deliver development in new territories including South Africa, Indonesia and Sri-Lanka. Nick Gant will be heading to Manchester on the 18th for first network meeting.

They were also successful in winning £62,000 of funding from the very competitive British Council DICE funding call to further work around waste and community development in South Africa this year with the Dreamcatcher Foundation.

Duncan and Nick had a long but really successful week with their Waste Zone at FutureBuild last week – Duncan led and curated a fantastic programme of talks with an impressive 55 speakers over just three days. Leading thinkers from the area of circular economies from across Europe and presented an exhibition of staff and student work and from the Interreg project. The event led to numerous new leads for collaboration within a range of industrial and social enterprise settings for work with waste.

So lots of work now continues to build significant success in the area of creative community development and circular economy models as well as other authentic and impactful work around social and sustainable design. Watch this space.