21 February 2020

Our sector is facing unprecedented challenges: a shortage of supply, rising prices, the increasing pressure of climate change.

We need to be able to adapt together to this changing world and we believe innovation and collaboration are key to this. Housing Futures is the sector’s innovation programme, working with innovation experts ?What If! Innovation, we’re embedding collaboration and building new capabilities across the sector.

We’re running programmes in every region of the country for housing association staff. There are five phases to the work. At every stage there are opportunities for housing association staff, across all roles and departments, to learn about innovation and shape the social housing sector.

This year, we’re identifying the big housing challenges in each region. We’ll then be gathering insight on these from hundreds of housing association staff. From these insights, staff will come up with ideas to incubate and develop. The final phase, ‘Impact’, begins in 2021 when the sector has the opportunity to take forward the ideas.

The Business Transformation in Housing conference takes place during the Insight phase, so we want to hear from you! Throughout the conference you can come to our space and contribute your thoughts on the regional challenges. All the insights we gather will feed into the ideas phase. This is your chance to tell us how sector wide problems affect you, your organisation, and the tenants you work with.

We’re also running two sessions at the conference. We’ll be holding an insight lab, which is your chance to come and learn what good insight looks like and how to gather it. We will be running insight labs across the country through April and May so this is a great chance to get a taste of what is happening near you and find out more ways to get involved.

We’ll also have experts from ?What If! innovation delivering a masterclass in innovation. They’ll explore the key tools and techniques for great innovation, which get to the heart of the problem. Innovation is invaluable to business transformation and ?What If! Innovation have worked with world famous brands to create change, we’re so excited to collaborate with them again on Housing Futures.

Housing Futures is the biggest collaborative exercise ever undertaken by our sector. We’re ambitious about the transformations we can achieve together, and we want you to be part of this. Make sure you don’t miss your chance to shape the future of our sector, and learn about the innovation process behind it.

Blaithin Garrad

Blai is Futures Programme Assistant at the National Housing Federation

Blai is Futures Programme Assistant at the National Housing Federation.

Housing Futures at Business Transformation 2020