community interest company

C.I.C-ked into shape!

So as you may have read, or heard from us, we are a not-for-profit Community Interest Company. But what does that mean?!  Generally when we think of ‘communities’ we think of a collection of people that function succinctly to benefit the whole group. Or if we looked it up in a dictionary we’d find;

Noun

1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.

2. the condition of sharing or having certain attitudes and interests in common.

At Here + Now we think that communities can come in many shapes and sizes and the one that we serve is focused on the concept of ‘sharing or having certain attitudes’ and also has geographical relevance as we work with communities that either work, live, play, pass through or connect in anyway with a place.

The place acts as the nucleus of the community. We are working to help, support and collaborate with both the people that create the community and also the place that links them together. A Community Interest Company is a new form of business enterprise and it may appear quite jargon-y on the surface but in reality we are working at Here + Now to benefit people and places. Easy, peasy!

Have a great weekend and keep alive and C.I.Cking !! (sorry I couldn’t resist!)  

WELCOME TO THE PROCESS!

At HERE + NOW we really value process-driven approaches to design as well as the importance of participation, engagement and inclusion. Along those themes, we'd like to also share with you the process we are experiencing at the moment of becoming Scotland's first formally constituted landscape architecture and participatory design Community Interest Company! 

We've been doing a lot of work behind the scenes over the last few weeks to develop everything from branding, to filling in the various forms for Companies House and the Community Interest Company (CIC) Regulator. Here's a little taster of what we've been up to. More coming soon...!