'tweak' (verb): to change slightly, especially in order to make something more effective.
High street tweak is a project exploring how local residents, businesses, young people and everyone in between can work together to develop ideas for small improvements to help make our high streets more successful and liveable places.
Led and delivered by the Edinburgh Futures Institute and New Practice, in collaboration with the Edinburgh Living Lab and Data-Driven Innovation programme at the University of Edinburgh, the project will include a range of workshops and activities for everyone to participate in, inviting local audiences to shape the delivery of a series of tweaks. The tweak might be big or small, physical or digital and each high street has been assigned £20,000 to design, develop, build and test the idea.
Between now and June 2021 the high street tweak team will be talking to as many people, organisations and businesses as possible in both Dalkeith and Gorgie Dalry about their experiences of their local high street, the challenges the High Street faces from the impacts of Covid-19 and long-term decline, and their ideas for how small tweaks might spark long-term improvements.
You can read more about the project and the team behind it on the Edinburgh Living Lab website.