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8:15 Registration, refreshments & networking in our Town Square

9:15 Welcome and opening keynote

Jessica Studdert, Deputy Chief Executive, New Local
Katie Kelly, Chair, New Local
Ian Thomas CBE, Town Clerk & Chief Executive, City of London Corporation

10:30 Town Square open for refreshments, networking and stalls

11:00 Breakout sessions 1 (Choose from the options)

Public services desperately need a new reform agenda after years of austerity and rising demand. What would that agenda look like with a community-led, place-based approach at its heart?

It’s gradually dawning on the public sector that the best way to address the problems of long waiting times and short-term demand is simply to provide better care. But how is this best done and how can it be made to work when short-term demand itself saps all resource and energy.

It often feels risky moving to a community powered approach in areas subject to tight regulation. How can that risk be managed and how can community power actually deliver outcomes that help teams meet their statutory responsibilities?

WORKSHOPS
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11:55 Breakout sessions 2 (Choose from the options)

Traditional responses to poverty and inequality can be paternalistic and disempowering. How can locally-led approaches create agency, enable voice and work with people’s assets to better support them to break out of cycles of disadvantage?

Combining strengths-based approaches with community power can prove highly impactful and it all starts with a different type of conversation between public servant and citizen. So, what are the key features of a strengths-based conversation, what is current best practice and what are the ideal outcomes?

Our models of leadership are increasingly out of date.They rarely take account of the very intense challenges of the current era and the need to work closely with communities. So, what does a new radical vision of leadership for this new world look like?

WORKSHOPS

Check back for details of workshops in spring.

12:40 Town Square open for lunch, networking and stalls

13:45 Breakout sessions 3 (Choose from the options)

Communities can be labelled “hard to reach” when in reality they’re ignored. This session will explore how the public and voluntary sector can ensure that communities have meaningful opportunity to participate in and influence provision, so that everyone is heard loud and clear.

Data can inform and even mobilise communities but it can also confuse and alienate. How can data be collated and presented in a way that empowers communities to collaborate with public services for positive impact?

What does the reality of a shift to community power look like within complex organisations?
It’s all very well wanting to shift towards a community powered approach but how can that be done in practice when the day-to-day pressures take up so much time and bandwidth?

WORKSHOPS

Check back for details of workshops in spring.

14:40 Breakout sessions 4 (Choose from the options)

These days it seems like even the most well-meaning idea can be turned into a source of polarisation and anger. How can deliberative and consensus-building approaches be used to take the heat out of public discourse.

Sometimes questioning our most basic concepts can generate the most interesting practical ideas. Using the Long Table method of investigation, this session asks what does power actually mean and, more importantly, what does it mean to you.

“Where’s the evidence it will work”: a cry heard regularly by those trying to persuade colleagues to shift to community power. So, what is the evidence and how can you generate your own evidence to persuade others to come on board?

WORKSHOPS

Check back for details of workshops in spring.

15:25 Town Square open for refreshments, networking and stalls

15:45 Afternoon keynote and closing session

Check back for speaker announcements.

17:00 Close of Stronger Things 2024

9:00 Join the online event

9:15 Welcome and opening keynote (Livestream)

Jessica Studdert, Acting Chief Executive, New Local
Katie Kelly, Chair, New Local
Ian Thomas CBE, Town Clerk & Chief Executive, City of London Corporation

10:30 Screen break

11:00 Breakout sessions 1 (Choose from the options)

Public services desperately need a new reform agenda after years of austerity and rising demand. What would that agenda look like with a community-led, place-based approach at its heart?

Check back for details of workshops in spring.

11:55 Breakout sessions 2 (Choose from the options)

Traditional responses to poverty and inequality can be paternalistic and disempowering. How can locally-led approaches create agency, enable voice and work with people’s assets to better support them to break out of cycles of disadvantage?

Check back for details of workshops in spring.

12:40 Screen break and opportunities for networking

13:45 Breakout sessions 3 (Choose from the options)

Communities can be labelled “hard to reach” when in reality they’re ignored. This session will explore how the public and voluntary sector can ensure that communities have meaningful opportunity to participate in and influence provision, so that everyone is heard loud and clear.

Check back for details of workshops in spring.

14:40 Breakout sessions 4 (Choose from the options)

These days it seems like even the most well-meaning idea can be turned into a source of polarisation and anger. How can deliberative and consensus-building approaches be used to take the heat out of public discourse.

Check back for details of workshops in spring.

15:25 Screen break

15:45 Afternoon keynote and closing session (Livestream)

Check back for speaker announcements.

17:00 Close of Stronger Things 2024