We convert ideas into impact, and concepts into action, addressing the deep-rooted challenges that exist in today’s communities.
Everything we do is practical and outcomes focused.
As a social enterprise, we “connect the dots and untie the knots” in between government, non-profits, and the corporate sector through convening diverse groups, consulting on policy and strategy, and creating new social ventures that respond to identified needs in community. We build on 40+ years of community development and infrastructure development expertise to work with partners to prototype creative and impactful shifts to current systems, and learn by doing.
Urban Matters CCC is working towards a future of inclusion and full participation for everyone in our society. The reason for this is so that individuals live more prosperous and healthy lives and communities pursue more inclusive growth that encourages more healthy, resilient and participatory communities.
Urban Matters is a self-financed social purpose organization (CCC*). That means we don’t only work on solutions – we live and reinvest in the communities where we work. Urban Matters was founded as a Community Contribution Company (CCC) which means we reinvest 60% of our profits back into community innovation activities and ventures that scale needed solutions.
What is Applied Social Innovation?
Applied – Beyond thought-leadership, we aspire to impact-leadership – we look to apply social innovations and prototype solutions with partners with an appreciation for real-world constraints. Our thought leadership will be achieved by ‘doing’, through successes and failures in delivering outcomes.
Social – We work in social and community development – our clients may range from businesses, to social enterprises, to governments, and not-for-profits, but our target beneficiary will always be the community, and particularly the underserved portions of it.
Innovation – The language of innovation today is often taken to be synonymous with technology changes, our brand of innovation is one that looks to create new and exciting mechanisms for improved outcomes for people. We look to support the creation of prototype projects, enduring structured partnerships, and new actors to create sustainable impact.
At Urban Matters we start engagements in at least one of three ways: convene, consult (research, analysis, strategy & policy), and/or create (incubate new ventures & partnerships to deliver needed solutions).
Collaboration breeds innovation. Often we do not create something new but rather support those already on the ground, those with expertise in evolving needs and challenges.
Explore our individual service pages, as well as our range of case studies and project descriptions, many of which cut across these service areas.