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Our Projects

We work with communities, clients and partners to advance projects that help to create the changes our societies need.


Here you can find an overview of our current and past projects and initiatives.

Thriving Communities

Korimako is leading and investing in development and co-ordination of the Thriving Communities initiative.

Thriving Communities has a mission to help communities to create radical enough change to thrive in the 21st century. This is the mission because human societies still remain far from enabling everyone to live well, without breaking the planetary systems that we depend on. So, Thriving Communities focuses on the core problem of how communities can organise, resource, plan and manage radical enough processes of change.

Thriving Communities is a collective initiative, as the problems Thriving Communities tries to tackle are beyond what any single organisation can address on their own. Korimako is at the core of designing and developing this initiative.


Placemaking for Citizen-led Missions in SE Europe (PLACE)

Korimako is co-ordinating the Placemaking for Citizen-led Missions in SE Europe (PLACE) project, under which we are designing and delivering a series of local placemaking processes in Slovenia, Croatia and Sicily; along with a number of international learning and capacity building events focussed on how placemaking can help to unlock radical community change.

Project partners are KLIK, PUSH and Placemaking Europe (working closely with Placemaking Western Balkans). Through this project we are helping to advance wider Placemaking for Civic Imagination work as part of the Thriving Communities initiative. The PLACE project is funded through the Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programme of the European Union.


Public Sector Innovation Training for Government Leaders

UNDP, Bosnia & Herzegovina (2022)

Working with Smart Up – Social Innovation Lab from North Macedonia and Dark Matter Labs from the UK we developed and delivered a successful one-week public sector innovation training programme, train-the-trainers course, and supporting materials. The training was well received by participants and the UNDP team


Community-led Climate Action Study

Focus, Slovenia (2021)

Working with eZavod in Slovenia and KLIK from Croatia, we completed a study into the benefits and success factors of community-led climate actions – with the goal of helping to accelerate such actions in Slovenia. We prepared a report based on desk research and careful examination of nineteen case-studies of community-led climate action from around the world. These covered six sectors: energy, mobility, food, planning and development, circular economy and resource management.

This work was delivered Slovenian NGOs Focus and Umanotera under the umbrella of the Care4Climate LIFE project in 2021. The full report can be found here in Slovenian. Please contact us if you would like a copy in English.

Facilitation and Advisory Support for Interreg Projects

eZavod (2020-2021)

We designed and facilitated transnational online learning and exchange workshops as part of the CITYCIRCLE circular economy project (Interreg Central Europe) and BB-CLEAN project on alpine air pollution (Interreg Alpine Space).

As part of the CITYCIRCLE project we also developed detailed guidance and templates for development of Local Action Plans in participating cities, with a focus on systemically developing new local bio-economies.

Cities Programme Development

EIT Climate-KIC, Netherlands (2018-2020)

Supported EIT Climate-KIC with Urban Transformation programme development and delivery – focussed on supporting local change-makers to nurture, structure and deliver transformative urban initiatives in service of a better quality-of-life for their community and a zero-carbon future. This role included grant management, training, advising, facilitation, mentoring and building city-to-city connections.

Co-created and provided strategic leadership for the Future Cities of SE Europe project, through which the cities of Maribor (Slovenia), Skopje (North Macedonia), Križevci (Croatia), Niš (Serbia) and Sarajevo (Bosnia & Herzegovina) experimented with a collective mission to become some of the best possible places in Europe to live, work and visit by 2025 — and climate neutral by 2030. The Thriving Communities initiative (see above) is growing out of this work

Energy Business and Project Development

London Borough of Brent, UK (2016-2018)

Development and aggregation of new municipal energy projects, commercialisation strategy and business planning for London Borough of Brent, including district energy system projects, solar PV installations and a ‘white label’ energy retailing partnership. This work helped Brent Council to consider the potential for getting beyond incremental projects and towards development of a municipal energy company model that could attract investment and deliver climate action at scale. As a result a new permanent Energy Manager position was created to take this work into the future.


Sustainable Communities Project Development

London Borough of Sutton, UK (2015-2017)

Secondment assignment with the sustainability team at London Borough of Sutton.  In this role Tim Taylor led the development of new sustainability projects to help deliver on the council’s One Planet Sutton aspirations.  These projects were aimed at delivering action on:
•    Green economy development
•    Renewable energy investment
•    Climate change mitigation
•    Fuel poverty and domestic energy efficiency
•    Exemplar eco-districts
•    A community currency

This work included developing project plans, engaging with partners, developing funding bids and preparing project business cases.  Tim developed a successful European Regional Development Fund application for the Beddington Green Economy Innovation Centre project. He also organised the Energising the Sustainable Economy in Cities summit in October 2016, bringing together EU cities and organisations to share best practice for catalysing sustainable energy investment and sustainable economy development.

Sustainable Prosperity Strategy

Far North District Council, New Zealand (2016)

Korimako was engaged by Far North District Council to prepare a background paper on best practice for developing a local Sustainable Prosperity Strategy and a long-term vision for the Far North.  We delivered a background paper and capacity development workshop that covered:

  • An introduction to the sustainability thinking
  • An overview of the process of sustainable change in a community, key elements of the change process, and how a strategy fits into the change process.
  • A draft Sustainable Prosperity Framework, based on the community’s vision and expectations and elements of sustainability frameworks used globally.
  • Case Studies of what other communities are doing to pursue sustainable development in New Zealand and around the world
  • Recommended next steps


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