About Ideas Hub

Welcome to our Ideas Hub. This is our place to celebrate, champion, shout about great things we hear about on our travels. See this document for the background: Ideas Hub – what, who and why

We’re keen to showcase exciting ideas that people are getting on and making happen around health, community and wellbeing. The small ideas that make a big difference. The quirky things that no one has done before but seem so obvious once they are tried. The brave ideas that seem counterintuitive but make so much sense.


Do you want to get involved?

We’ve started this Ideas Hub because we get excited hearing about and passing on stories of great ideas and people. We’d love to build a community of like-minded people.

Have you got a great idea or example of anything which is trying to change and challenge the ways things are done? Are you working on or do you know about a fantastic project you want to shout about? You may have read something featured on the Ideas Hub and thought – “I’ve been doing that for years!” Great! Tell us about it.

We are always on the lookout for ideas, stories and contributors to celebrate and pass on to others and there are several ways you can get involved:


  • Contributor – Do you have an idea or story around health, community or wellbeing that you would like to tell people about? Do you travel around and meets lots of different groups in your work? If so, just email us. You can send the details or we can arrange to call you and we’ll write up for you. We want to make it as easy as possible. We’ll name check you and anyone else you tell us about.
  • Champion – Are you passionate about co-production, collaboration and strengths based approaches? Then become part of the movement for change by sharing our link and Twitter @ideashub_ and telling us about others – email us and we’ll be in touch.
  • Subscriber – Do you want to be notified of any new articles and stories publish on the Ideas Hub? Just email us asking to be added to our mailing list. And you can follow us on Twitter for updates @ideashub_
  • Blogger – Have you read our blogs and would like to write a guest blog for the Ideas Hub? We’re happy to give you the platform for what inspires you or what you have done to change ways of working. Just email us with your details and your blog idea and we’ll be in contact.


There are no entry rules or requirements – all that is needed is enthusiasm and energy.


To get in touch email hello@ideas-hub.org.uk


Our contributors

Linda Hutchinson

Dr Linda HutchinsonLinda is the founder of LH Alliances and before that was a paediatrician. She is passionate about collaboration as a way to find solutions that no single person or organization can find on their own. Having worked with people applying strength based approaches in their work, she has seen the power of that way of thinking – it unlocks potential in a way that would otherwise be lost.

Helen Sharp

2.2Helen came to the collaborative and appreciative way of thinking through her work as a commissioner  in Lambeth, partnering with the New Economics Foundation to test outcomes based commissioning and co-production. She has developed a good understanding of what it’s like to be on the other side from her previous role as project worker and drug/alcohol worker in the homeless sector.


She now works as an independent consultant, helping Local Authorities rethink the role of citizens in commissioning of public services and resources and is committed to challenging the status quo and traditional way of thinking.

Anna Eaton


Anna is the co-founder of Eaton & Watson Ltd, an agency specialising in campaigns, communications and community engagement.

Anna is a campaigner who has worked for politicians and on national campaigns around music, politics, infrastructure and education. She specialises in community engagement and is passionate about people power.

Greg Watson


Greg is the co-founder of Eaton & Watson Ltd, an agency specialising in campaigns, communications and community engagement.

Greg has a background in campaigning, media and digital communications. Through his work he has seen how sharing ideas and narratives can bring people together and solve problems. He is particularly interested in finding ways to approach challenges through creativity, collaboration and innovation.