The Innovation Zones’ mission is to work in real and sustained partnership with local communities. We aim to create spaces where we can question existing assumptions and practices, think creatively and develop new and innovative ways of working by drawing together and harnessing the considerable expertise that exists within local communities, the professions and the academic world.
DEVELOPING SUSTAINABLE LOCAL COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Over the last five years CESI, through its Innovation Zones, has invested in the development of two long-term and sustained partnerships locally in West Belfast in the Shankill and Colin communities.We and Our Zones Partners
TACKLING SOCIETAL CHALLENGES THROUGH INNOVATION
Many of the key challenges facing society - such as educational underachievement or poor physical and mental health - are complex and multi-faceted. In seeking to identify and develop new and innovative ways of tackling these we need to think differently and creatively. While individual programmes and social interventions are important, we also need to understand these within the broader social, cultural, political and economic contexts within which they are delivered and to begin thinking and working in more holistic ways.More About What We Do