Common Treasury


What if enthusiastic change-makers from other parts of the country shared their inspiring stories with people keen to learn and adapt their ideas to a local context? How could people and ideas from elsewhere inspire, energise and co-create positive change locally?

With the generous support of the Big Lottery’s Power to Change programme, the Common Treasury of Adaptable Ideas will be exploring these questions over the next 12 months in Hastings – and we’d like to enlist your help.

The initiative will pilot a series of new spaces (both public and digital), where peers can share, adapt, design, and initiate ideas that generate new solutions to the challenges faced by small towns striving to become happier, healthier and more sustainable into the 2020s.

The pilot will run from March 2019 to February 2020.

To learn more about the project and upcoming events visit

Project Outcomes

The Common Treasury is intended to make a real difference to the local community enterprise sector – seeding new ideas, expanding existing enterprises, growing new community initiatives and creating clusters of complementary community businesses that will be instrumental in the evolution of the circular economy.

It wants to develop new reciprocal connections between guest ‘inspirers’ and local ‘initiators’ by weaving a web of connections through which ideas, inspiration and the hard work of adaptation come together to create a kind of local alchemy.

It also aims to encourage local anchor institutions to consider and explore the ideas that emerge and, as a result, co-create new forms of solution-focused partnership both within and between sectors.
Throughout the pilot, the focus will be on how the process of adaptation unfolds. At the end of the year, the learning from the process will be compiled and shared with other towns across the UK.

The Common Treasury team

The Common Treasury team includes:
Sherry Clark, Co-chair, Transition Town Hastings & St Leonards
Julia Hilton, Director, Green Dreams Landscape Architects and Director Energise Sussex Coast.
Jess Steele, OBE, Director, Jericho Road
Richard Watson, OBE, Director, Energise Sussex Coast