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Making the Most of International Relationships

July 22, 2021  
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This Innovation In-depth features three local authorities making the most of their international links in different ways:

  • Birmingham City Council explores how to reboot its European strategy following the UK’s departure from the European Union (EU).
  • Southampton City Council signs off an ambitious modern twinning agreement with Miami-Dade County, Florida.
  • Councils in Warwick and Leamington play a supporting role to aid the work of local charity One World Link in its engagement with Sierra Leone.

Look outwards, not inwards, and councils will find that positive and proactive civic leadership carries weight on the world stage and brings substantial benefits to the people and places they serve.

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The Innovation Series

Innovation Exchanges give participants from our member councils a space to step away from day-to-day activities and engage with peers from across the country. Each session addresses a big challenge or opportunity facing councils and their communities. Sessions are peer-led and practically-focused, so participants come away insights, ideas and learning to share with their teams.

Innovation Insights series are write-ups of the core points from Innovation Exchanges. These short papers distil the challenges as well as the solutions, approaches and ideas that participants shared in the session.
Innovation In–depths series are case study-rich briefings which share practical learnings from council-led innovation. These briefings feature original examples of how councils have pioneered new approaches, with lessons learned distilled from interviews with individuals involved. The aim of the series, closely linked to our Innovation Exchanges, is to share insights about how to drive through change within the financial and organisational context of local government.
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July 22, 2021
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