M4 is a collective of citizens in Manchester nurturing self and social change. We come together to collaborate and support each other – exploring different ways to increase our self-awareness, and taking that into our work and communities.
We co-create safe & inclusive spaces to work on positive change in a holistic, human-centered way. We take notice of and promote strength, wholeness and well-being of self, others and place.
Who is involved?
We are an open & independent collective of citizens based in Manchester with a range of skills and experiences including facilitation, coaching, action research, co-production, human centered design, digital transformation, innovation, strategy, planning and campaigning.
We welcome anyone that shares our values to be part of M4.
What do we do?
As individuals, we are involved in a variety of projects across the region including DivaManc, amity, Jam & Justice, Citizen-i, Happen Together, Street Support, Manchester Homelessness Charter, Parliament Project North, Manchester City of Sanctuary, Bike Hive, PushPedalScoot, National College for Teaching and Learning.
- Commune (coming together and connecting people)
- Explore (coaching and facilitation)
- Collaborate (co-production and idea sharing)
- Influence (storytelling and lending voice)
- Innovate (ideas generation, prototyping and user testing)
- Act (influencing social change)
We recognise citizens as an essential 4th element in social change, alongside the public sector, private sector and voluntary/third sector.
We are also exploring 4 layers in this transformation:
- Core – our inner well-being.
- Collective – the work we co-create together.
- Collaborative – the work we do with others.
- Movement – the change we inspire in the world.
We recognise common challenges in all humans and across cultures, yet also see the importance of place based innovation. As Manchester based citizens, we start with change in ourselves and in our own community – hence ‘Manchester to the power of 4’!
We want to co-create Manchester4 together, so this website is very much a work in progress. If you share these values and would like to get involved, we would love to connect with you.
We are also hosting a ULab hub in Manchester this year. Find out more about the ULab Hub here.