Minettes Maze is about opportunity!
It is about unlocking opportunities and improving odds in favor of success.
It is about helping to develop and unlock social investment finance.
Using what we have got better, and using the data and information which is collected better. Looking at how and when we spend, rather than just how much is spent. It is a focus on informed structural improvement for the greatest good, rather than impact spending to manage the cost of failure. It considers whether smarter spending could attract professional investors to support social funding beyond the charitable and philanthropic.
Minettes Maze is about opportunity.
So we are looking at what needs to be done to unlock life opportunities, to improve the odds.
Leaders Changing Lives
Minettes Maze started in 2020 with a focus on Leadership. Great leaders change lives. Leadership takes different forms and personalities.
Business and social leadership requires courage and strength, clarity, persistence and hard work.
In our latest research work, we have identified four different culture types of leadership and mapped across how they might translate into the outcome of different housing organisations.
The four Housing Organisational Leadership Styles are:
- Social Enterprise Value Creator
- Socially Responsible Leader
- Community Trailblazer
- Mission Possible Commander
To bring these to life, we celebrate sixteen different celebrity leaders who have shown the qualities of courage, strength, clarity, persistence and hard work to draw attention to their mission and aims.
At Minettes Maze, we have a shared vision to apply our strong experience of finance, investment, housing, procurement, contracts, public policy and public administration to help to:
- provide more of the right homes in the right places
- design better life and work outcomes, particularly for younger people and in the home setting
- give support for quality of life and independent living for older people, particularly through communications and technology.
We believe that housing has the potential to provide opportunities and change lives; to support better community and individual outcomes.
Home Choices that People Want
Most people want to buy their own homes as their circumstances allow, not just rent for the very long term.
Is it possible to match the appetites of new investors interested in housing with the aspirations of the people? This has formed the basis of detailed work by Minettes Maze. To design and test an alternative housing portfolio which is dynamic, which can change as people's circumstances change, one which is structured to allow people to rent and to buy.
In our Report, we set out some options around these new property portfolios to illustrate acceptable returns for investors, returns of between 5% and 15% depending on appetite and profile of the portfolio, in portfolios which drive owner occupation over time and provide affordable homes for those in long term social need.
Less Homework in the Hallway
Overcrowded homes are bad for public health, and bad for a child's life chances. The odds for success are stacked against rather than stacked for the child to do well, making it harder to make the most of opportunities. Nearly half a million rented households suffer overcrowding. In some parts of London 25% of children live in overcrowded housing.
In many such overcrowded homes, homework is not completed on a purpose made desk, or even the dining room table. It is completed on knees in the hallway. Surrounded by the noise of the evening tea being made, of older and of younger children squabbling. Of the usual family sounds which, in an overcrowded and inappropriate setting, can make it all too hard to do well at school and to revise for exams.
Homework clubs are part of the solution. So are community libraries. But after a decade of too many squashed in flats being built there has simply not been enough family housing.
There is a decade of poor planning and poor housing allocation to overcome.
That's why we say BUILD ME NOW.
Recycle Old Land
Worried that all these new homes will be plastered across green fields?
So are we.
Research found there are millions housing plots available for recycling on unloved land that has been built on before.
So why don't we recycle land and save our green open spaces from the bulldozers?
It means we will be able to build the homes we need faster to catch up with the need for new homes while saving our environment for future generations to enjoy.
Warm homes, warm hearts
We can celebrate that more people are living longer and more active lives.
By 2040 one-third of households will be 65 years or older.
We should plan our housing to better reflect our ageing population.
Many older people are feeling the pinch with rising fuel costs.
So it matters to us that homes are warm and cosy.
Energy efficiency doesn't just save the planet, it saves the pennies too.