The UK’s Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) has recently looked at a range of community activities and initiatives, (and specifically the Eden Project initiated Big Lunch) with a view to providing a better understanding of how better connected communities can impact on people’s lives.
The Eden Project is an educational charity with the objective of connecting people with each other and with the living world with a view to exploring how people can work together towards a better future. One of the Eden Project’s most significant and best known initiatives is the Big Lunch Programme, the UK’s annual get together for neighbours, which aims to bring people within neighbourhoods together to build stronger and better connected communities. Such initiatives are designed to unlock the value of the social capital that is available to us by connecting with others.
A summary of the research is available here.