Make It Real - Demonstrators
Demonstrators are teams who turn ideas into actions.
How do projects and demonstrators differ?
Projects invariably have a beginning a middle and an end. They are often grant funded from external sources and the outcomes end with the project. As a result they are unsustainable and have limited legacies.
How The Demonstrators Work
Demonstrators are small tests of change without the need for a pot of money in the middle. They bring together existing community resources including partner organisations, people with skills and experience etc around the table to create a solution together. This reduces the burden on one group or organisation to create, fund and manage a project. It reduces costs, shares the responsibility and the benefits across a whole community and, as there's no end date, have sustainable achieving lasting outcomes.
The strength of a demonstrator is its cyclicality. Continual monitoring flags issues early and makes them very adaptable. If it isn't working - why not? What's missing? What other partners, skills or resources does it need that hadn't been considered before? It is easier to make the changes and try again.