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 across the council.

8th November, 2021

Last month, Camden Council became the 54th member of New Local’s network of councils. Director Nick Kimber explores how community power is helping to build a better borough, and why learning and sharing with peers is more vital than...

28th June, 2021

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

25th May, 2021

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

24th February, 2021

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

22nd February, 2021

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

15th February, 2021

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

20th January, 2021

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

8th December, 2020

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

9th November, 2020

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

22nd September, 2020

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

15th June, 2020

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

30th April, 2020

Exploring how to manage demand using insights from behavioural science.

13th December, 2019

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

4th December, 2019

Insights of changing organisational cultures in councils from chief executives.

29th November, 2019

Exploring the importance of prototyping in developing an innovation.

28th November, 2019

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

29th October, 2019

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

20th September, 2019

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

20th September, 2019

Exploring how councils are working to tackle loneliness.

14th March, 2019

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

20th January, 2019

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

18th December, 2018

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

20th October, 2018

Exploring the work of local government around local renewable energy generation.

18th October, 2018

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

29th July, 2018

Implementing the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017 and using this opportunity to innovate.

20th July, 2018

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

20th June, 2018

Exploring how different councils have approached co-production: where users are equally responsible for shaping a service.

29th May, 2018

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

20th March, 2018

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

29th January, 2018

Exploring how councils are approaching inclusive growth in practice.

29th November, 2017

Exploring how councils can make use of behavioural insights.

20th October, 2017

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

20th October, 2017

Exploring different methods to frame and implement your transformation programme.

20th August, 2017

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

20th July, 2017