Hastings Emerging Futures

In collaboration with the Common Treasury of Adaptable Ideas, Hastings Hive and the organisations of the Hastings Commons, we have been working on this exciting project during 2020-2021.

Funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, we have invited the people of Hastings to imagine what can help us, and the place we live, to thrive for the future.

Our public conversations about the future of the town centre, community influence and power, housing, and the environment have been energising and shifted the way we think about things. We used ‘future thinking’ tools, and shared resources with each other during small invited group events, and big public ones. Our discussions and events kept the ‘wheel of wellbeing’ at their heart, and we did as much as possible to equip each other with everything we need to imagine and act for a more positive future.

Trailer for one of our public events – empowering people to respond to local consultations

We asked questions such as:

  • What can we learn from the past?
  • What do we want to take with us from the present?
  • What do we want to change for the future?

Our activities included:

Common Room sessions for an invited group of learners: we created a friendly, open space and explored ‘future thinking’ tools and resources that we can take with us into our work, such as the ‘donut economics’ model, ‘three horizons’ framework, the ‘wheel of wellbeing’ and more…

Community Mapping sessions – examining and strengthening the connections between us with clever new software

A Discovery Walk – taking notice of what we love, and what we would like to change about our town. This walk inspired a growing, interactive ‘Map of Ideas’.

A series of public, online, events – about the town centre, our environment, housing, food security, local civic power and influence – you name it!

Live Image Capture by artist Raquel Duran, for our ‘Sustainable Hastings’ public event.

Learn more about what we’ve been doing here, and visit the Leisure and Learning YouTube account for full length recordings of our events.