Grassroots innovation and the COVID crisis
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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a profound effect on the lives of millions of people around the world. Whilst the crisis has brought unprecedented challenges for governments, many of the support systems that have stepped up to respond to the crisis have been grassroots and community-based initiatives, navigating their way through uncharted territory. In this podcast series, we’ll be talking with the people behind the organisations Nesta supports who are working tirelessly to shape their communities for the better.

Episode 1: The Cares Family

The Cares Family connects older and younger people through activities such as social clubs and befriending schemes. In this episode, we're joined by their CEO Alex Smith to hear about the organisation's journey through the beginning of the COVID-19 crisis and how he led his small organisation through rapid reinvention of their core programmes.

Episode 2: BlackOut UK

BlackOut UK is a volunteer-led movement working to make a space and a voice for black gay men. In this episode, we’re joined by one of the founders, Rob Berkeley and discuss the challenges he and others in the black gay community have faced during lockdown, and more recently in relation to the global protests and demonstrations following the killing of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis.

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