Producing Values Impact Hub Birmingham as Co-working and Social Innovation Space

Paul Long, Annette Naudin

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter


    This chapter explores the character and specificity of Impact Hub Birmingham (IHB) through the lens of its online presentation, assessing its objectives, organisation and activities. Analysis frames IHB in terms of its status as social enterprise, detailing how this manifestation of ?the hub? idea engages individuals in debate and supports a particular idea of entrepreneurship that connects to wider of issues and urban disjuncture. The chapter explores the specificity of Birmingham as a setting for IHB and its commitment to place in relation to a discussion of the hub and co-working idea. A penultimate section locates projects cultivated within IHB in the context of critical perspectives on social enterprise initiatives. Conclusions reflect on the ambition of this iteration of the Impact Hub network, as well as the commitment and verve of its participants that offers a progressive space for social innovation whatever its limits in addressing the city?s considerable social and economic problems.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCreative Hubs in Question. Dynamics of Virtual Work
    EditorsR. Gill, A. Pratt, T. Virani
    Place of PublicationLondon
    PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
    Number of pages17
    ISBN (Print)9783030106522
    Publication statusPublished (VoR) - 24 Mar 2019

    Publication series

    NameDynamics of Virtual Work


    • Urban regeneration
    • Cultural policy
    • Clusters
    • Co-working spaces
    • Innovation spaces


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