Reepham Green Team: An Innovation History

August 2012, Tom Hargreaves.


The Reepham Green Team is an informal social network drawn from the market town of Reepham, Norfolk. Established in 2004, the Green Team aims to develop and deliver a wide range of projects to tackle issues of concern to the local community. With a particular focus on the key problems of fuel and transport poverty, by 2012 the Green Team had succesfully delivered more than 50 local projects. In 2010-2011 the Green Team was one of 22 winners of the Department for Energy and Climate Changeʼs Low Carbon Communities Challenge. This innovation history traces the development of Reepham Green Team from 2004 to 2012 highlighting both the key challenges it has faced as well as the core ingredients of its success.
Reepham Green Team Innovation History

Community Energy Innovation Histories

CISE is conducting 12 in-depth case studies of community energy projects, to better understand how these innovations emerge, develop, spread and grow.

Each case study is written up as an ‘Innovation History’, allowing participants to explain their own individual stories, with researcher reflections and insights inserted into the text.

Ro Randall – founder of Carbon Conversations – stated how the innovation history approach, and conceiving of Carbon Conversations as an ‘innovation’, had made her think about things in a new way. She says:

“Reading your draft has helped me reflect on the relationship between innovation/innovators and the networks of people and support that give them space to innovate. Innovation often gets seen as having an ’author’, rather than being a group or network product and although I was pivotal, Andy’s role was absolutely key. I could have innovated my socks off but without his technical expertise – from knowledge of the science and technology, through to his ability to manage the finances and website – little would have happened. Beyond that there has been a much larger network of people who have contributed to the project and perhaps don’t get recognised as they should. Maybe there are inevitable tensions between innovative projects and the environments that nurture them. Good reflective practice can certainly be helped by having people from the outside taking a look – they see different things, offer other frameworks and that can be really useful.”

We hope you enjoy our Innovation Histories, we will make them available here throughout 2012 as they are completed.