UK’s Embassy Village: Collaborating Across Public, Private, and Nonprofit Sectors to Tackle Rough Sleeping

by Sara Beckman, Nuno Gil, and Özge Kutun

Greater Manchester, England, has the third highest population of rough sleepers (people living on the streets) in the United Kingdom. In 2017, the city’s mayor pledged to end all forms of homelessness, adding that the luxury apartment boom benefitted only a few while pricing others out of housing. Manchester community stakeholders—public, private, and nonprofit—formed a unique partnership to build assisted temporary housing for unsheltered people. A developer donated land under railway arches where the Embassy Village team planned 40 transitional housing units. How and why did all these disparate entities engage and align around a common mission?

Learning Objectives

1) The complex, systems nature of grand challenges such as homelessness and the need to understand the complexity of the stakeholder interactions associated with that system. 2) The order and timing of resource acquisition in the entrepreneurial stage of a value-creating system are strategic choices that should not be approached opportunistically. 3) The advantages of a shared governance approach to encourage voluntary resource contributions. 4) The importance of aligning shared governance with a targeted goal to reduce the risk of collective action problems undermining cooperation among autonomous actors.


Pub Date: July 1, 2023

Discipline: Social responsibility

Subjects: Nonprofit Organizations, Systems Design, Systems Theory, Complex Systems, Social Assistance, Social Entrepreneurship, Social Equality, Creating Shared Value

Product #: B6039-PDF-ENG

Industry: Social Advocacy Organization

Geography: United Kingdom

Length: 9 page(s)

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