Sheffield University has stepped up its role within the city since austerity cuts hit the council. ‘Professor Vanessa’ – academic and circus director – has been appointed to head up the university’s engagement with the city, and talks to New Start about maker culture, creativity and running a city like a circus
10th Dec 2015 - NewStart
On Friday 4th December Sheffield First, with New Start, NEF and CLES, hosted a roundtable discussion looking at alternative models of economic growth, with a particular interest in how we can ensure that growth is fair and inclusive, so that it benefits everyone in our city and not just a few.
This is a major concern in Sheffield; our city was one of the first places to run a Fairness Commission, and we have built on its work by developing the Our Fair City campaign, focused on raising awareness of the challenges people are facing and encouraging action to tackle them.
My fundamental question is as follows: is social enterprise, as a mechanism which operates using the basics tenets of capitalism, able to adequately provide solutions to social problems? Furthermore, is it even a model which has the robustness to survive into the future while meeting its triple bottom line?
At a time when big is seen as better, ‘Little Sheffield’ is pioneering a new approach to local economics in the city that built its fortune on the small. Gareth Roberts reports.
Sheffield is rich in industrial heritage, outdoor life, independent thinking, creativity and community. Here’s ten of the city’s best ideas for change: