Alex Pielak

Co-founder & Head of Design and Product Development, AKOU

AKOU is on a mission to transform the process of placemaking to build smarter and happier communities. By combining offline engagement techniques with digital mapping and impact measurement, we collect and visualise new types of data that demonstrate the social impact, the social capital and the networks of collaboration that exist within an area. We work closely with councils, developers and local communities during the planning of regeneration schemes, helping them to understand how everyone links together and could link together better in the future. With our combination of consultancy services and digital tools, we explore ways to better understand connectedness, trust and impact, allowing for a more detailed picture of the true workings of a community and its worth. This provides a better understanding of how an area operates and can be a way to show how a development is helping to nurture, grow and sustain a happy community.