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Telling your Story of Council and Place

Ideas and reflections on the challenges of: Developing a simple narrative that is owned by partners and communities, not just the council, and reflects the diversity of voices and...

19th May, 2022

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Freeing up the Frontline for Community Power

Ideas and reflections on embedding a more autonomous and permissive working culture; building greater resilience within the workforce; and creating a culture of co-production with local partners and communities....

2nd March, 2022

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The Climate Emergency: Mobilising your Residents

Ideas and reflections centred around three main challenges: Engaging the whole community on climate change. Telling an external story connecting local and global environmental issues. Ensuring climate change is a priority...

8th November, 2021

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Community Deliberations: Practicalities for Positive Conversations

Ideas and reflections centred around three main challenges: building trust with communities; creating an organisational culture that values and enables community deliberation; and ensuring that councils are engaging with and...

1st September, 2021

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Making the Most of International Relationships

Councils share their lessons learned from partnerships with Europe, Miami-Dade County in Florida, and with a charity in Sierra Leone.

22nd July, 2021

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How to Run a Successful Commission

Six key factors to consider when setting up a commission that will help you maximise impact.

22nd June, 2021

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The Climate Emergency: Mobilising your Council

Balancing short-term and long-term political and financial pressures with the imperative to respond meaningfully to the climate emergency.

25th May, 2021

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Putting Community Power into Practice

Pivoting from the short-term emergency response to Covid-19 towards long-term organic community development.

24th February, 2021

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Working with Central Government

How to build relationships with Whitehall and present persuasive evidence to civil servants.

22nd February, 2021

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Organising for Change

Avoiding a drift back to old norms and ways of working, addressing exclusion and preserving accountability.

15th February, 2021

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Establishing a New Working Relationship with Partners

New Local partnered with Social Finance for an innovation exchange on establishing a new working relationship with partners.

20th January, 2021

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Better Jobs for People Locally

Creating partnerships to maximise impact on jobs, and how to match skills to opportunities.

8th December, 2020

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Leading Partnerships to Transform Place

How to create a sense of shared purpose and navigate each partner's different objectives and cultures.

9th November, 2020

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Making the Member-Officer Relationship Work

How to build a shared agenda and tackle big decisions with elected members.

22nd September, 2020

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Mobilising communities through deliberative practices

Experiences of engaging communities - both successes and initiatives that didn't work as well as hoped.

15th June, 2020

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Measuring Impact and Improving Performance in Complex Systems

How to identify what to measure and get buy-in for assessing impact.

30th April, 2020

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Using Behavioural Insights to Manage Demand

Exploring how to manage demand using insights from behavioural science.

13th December, 2019

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The Environmental Challenge

How to overcome common challenges and think strategically when implementing climate change policy.

4th December, 2019

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Transforming Organisational Culture

Insights of changing organisational cultures in councils from chief executives.

29th November, 2019

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Testing Ideas through Prototyping

Exploring the importance of prototyping in developing an innovation.

28th November, 2019

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Design for Social Outcomes

How does the design of the places we live, work and play shape our health and sense of belonging?

29th October, 2019

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Demand Management

Looking at data, culture, and other challenges to adopting preventative approaches.

20th September, 2019

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Budgeting for Impact

A summary of the main ideas and lessons that emerged from the day’s discussions

20th September, 2019

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Tackling Loneliness

Exploring how councils are working to tackle loneliness.

14th March, 2019

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Productive Growth

Insight into how to upskill the workforce in your area and building effective partnerships with the business community.

20th January, 2019

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Social Investment Partnerships

Exploring the development of partnerships between local authorities and social investors.

18th December, 2018

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Transforming the Relationship Between Councils and Communities

Developing deeper relationships with your residents and moving from a transactional relationship to a collaborative one.

20th October, 2018

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Options for Housing Delivery Vehicles

Exploring the pros and cons of joint ventures, wholly-owned housing delivery companies and council-led delivery.

29th July, 2018

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How can councils adopt digital transformation

Starting with problems, not software and focusing on users’ needs to make the most of new digital tools.

20th June, 2018

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How to use data to guide decision-making

Insight into how to get the right team in place to explore the possibilities of data.

20th March, 2018

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Measuring Social Value

Exploring how councils are measuring social value and the impact this can have on procurement processes.

29th January, 2018

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Inclusive Growth in Practice

Exploring how councils are approaching inclusive growth in practice.

29th November, 2017

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Encouraging Behaviour Change

Exploring how councils can make use of behavioural insights.

20th October, 2017

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How can local authorities most effectively operate commercially?

Guide to setting up effective governance of commercialisation projects to reduce risks and enable growth.

20th October, 2017

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How can we lead the next stage of local government transformation?

Exploring different methods to frame and implement your transformation programme.

20th August, 2017

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Establishing a Trading Company

Key questions to ask when thinking about a trading company model, including and case studies of successful examples.

20th July, 2017

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