Demsoc Governor Catherine Howe has written up our recent trip to Birmingham as part of the We Live Here Creative Councils project, which we’re undertaking with Brighton & Hove City Council, the Brighton & Hove CVSF, Podnosh and Catherine’s company Public-i.
Here’s a sample:
Two immediate things struck me from the experience, the first was the fact that the NESTA team seem to be running a genuinely open process and that they want the best ideas to do well – with no real agenda as to what ‘best’ means in this context – I hope that they are able to keep this up. The second thing was the quality of the 17 groups (yes – I modestly include us in that statement). I met some fantastic people and heard some really brilliant ideas from the other groups. There is some but not excessive crossover between ideas and there are some obvious collaborations if we can all figure out how to collaborate in what is ultimately a competitive process but if we can manage it then there is an opportunity to connect together transformational change in Local Government. Before you get too excited I did say opportunity – lets see if we can avoid cocking it up.