23 August 2019

Creating our Future is the National Housing Federation’s award-winning innovation programme. It provides a space for housing associations to collaborate on a sector-wide scale to tackle housing’s biggest challenges.

We’re supporting housing associations to learn by doing, creating a safe space for collaborative innovation. Creating our Future offers housing associations the opportunity to co-create new solutions to their shared strategic challenges and collaborate to make these a reality. Every stage of our two-year long programme builds the innovation capabilities and deep relationships needed for effective collaborative innovation. This is the first time that innovation has ever been done on a sector-wide scale and the last two years have proven that it’s effective in creating transformational solutions to the big challenges in housing.

So far our work has brought together more than 450 people from over 250 housing associations, alongside experts and the public, who collaborated to develop innovative new ideas which are set to transform housing.

Building on the success of Creating our Future, we’ll be launching the next stage of our work at the National Housing Summit this September. We’re creating a permanent social enterprise dedicated to innovation in housing, bringing housing associations together to tackle housing’s biggest challenges.

To celebrate this, we’ve got a whole area at the National Housing Summit dedicated to all thing’s innovation, from displaying the ideas that emerged from Creating our Future last year, to running interactive workshops, to identifying the problem areas for the next iteration of our work. The area promises to be a hub of creative and collaborative thinking, with sessions facilitated by world-class innovation experts ?WhatIf! Innovation.

Delegates will also be able to hear from the amazing teams we had on Creating our Future last year. All five of the ideas are being backed by collaborative groups of associations and are set to take the sector by storm – we’ll be taking a step back to talk about their entrepreneurial journeys in a panel discussion alongside the associations.

Cross-sector collaboration is at the heart of what we do, so we’re teaming up with National Housing Federation project groups, such as the Great Places commission and our sector-wide supply group. We’ll be demonstrating how the tools and techniques we use can be applied across housing associations in all areas of their work.

At the National Housing Summit in 2018, 200 chief executives expressed interest in our programme, and this year we’ll be engaging with even more housing associations to embed innovation in our sector across the country. We’re expecting over 600 senior housing leaders to come and visit our area, take part in our sessions and engage with our work.

To get involved in sponsoring our innovation area at the National Housing Summit, the go-to space for all things innovation in housing, please contact bethan.buck@housing.org.uk.

Bethan Buck

Futures Programme Manager at the National Housing Federation

Bethan Buck is Futures Programme Manager at the National Housing Federation (NHF). Bethan manages the NHF’s award-winning innovation programme, Creating our Future, which provides a space for housing associations to collaborate on a sector-wide scale to tackle housing’s biggest challenges.

Come and visit the Creating our Future stand at Summit