The difficult challenges facing local government are also an opportunity to do things differently. It’s not an easy route but many councils are but innovating their way to a new future. Here’s ten of the best ideas for change in local government:
September 2013 - NewStart
ISSUE 515, OCTOBER 2013 *SPECIAL FOCUS ON LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND INNOVATION*
What will local government look like in five year's time? Will councils be more open, more collaborative, or will they have been forced to close down many of their functions? We asked seven local government experts to set out their visions for the future.
Philip Colligan is executive director of Nesta’s Innovation Lab. He spoke to New Start about embedding innovation within councils and why local government is well-placed to solve today's challenges
What's love got to do with local economic development? The council at Coffs Harbour in Australia has put the 'L' word at the heart of its local economic strategy, as Kristina Cooke explains.
In several towns and cities around the UK, key public sector institutions have begun to recognise the pivotal role that food can play in driving positive social, economic and environmental change and are working with civil society and private sector partners to develop integrated city-wide healthy and sustainable food programmes.
Can innovation be taught within a council? At Monmouthshire Council's Intrapreneurship School, they're giving it a go, as John McConnachie, the authority’s training lead, explains.
If the regeneration community wants to make the world a better place, it’s got to pull itself up by its bootstraps and get going. It does no good to anyone sitting and bleating about having no budget. We need to get on with what we can do without one.
Things might indeed be looking up but governor Carney expressed an expectation of measured recovery. The transition from old manufacturing to advanced manufacturing, growth of the clean tech economy and our propensity to stay local and shop local to grow small SMEs and our desire to put business at the forefront of skills and reducing regulation should indeed mean that the east Midlands will be a real barometer of recovery and D2N2’s ambition - as reported in the Evening Standard recently - to be the UK's most inspirational postcode, may indeed be realised.