Necessity is a living archive rooted in social and environmental justice. The site aims to share stories, learning and research from across the UK. It supports communities to strengthen and adapt to ongoing economic and climate challenges. It also offers funding to increase the capacity of people, projects and networks within the UK.
Necessity is a development platform, and as such it continually changes as it gathers new information, investigates pressing emerging issues and fosters collaboration. It aims to contribute to a world that imagines living without profit as its bottom line and growth, extraction and consumption as its drivers; facing up to the deep contradictions within our lives and current systems; sharing potential ways of creating change.
Necessity is a site for experiments, encouraging honesty about failure as much as success. It is a place through which individuals and communities that experience exclusion can share their voices, experiences and wisdom. It seeks to give shape to a bias to the margins and deep belief that market-driven economies are failing the planet and people.
Visit these sections to find out more about people and projects being funded.
Food Systems and structures – initiatives ranging from community food growing to land justice questions.
Decolonisation and post-growth economies – disrupting the foundations and understandings of the current economic systems, whilst seeking to initiate discussions and examples of life beyond growth driven systems.
Domestic resilience and creative communities – identifying the links between households, lifestyles, violation and empowerment, power-dynamics and flourishing neighbourhoods.
Radical Reconciliation – exploring the inter-relational dynamics between people and planet. Opening space to consider the ‘big questions’ of life and meaning.
Environmental and human rights – seeking to ‘stand in the gap’ with those most marginalised through the current economic and environmental inequalities.
Within each section there are links to more information about funding opportunities and research.
All projects that are part of the Necessity network are funded by SHED
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