Events

News about Southern Policy Centre events:

Arnie Graf Tour

Arnie Graf – lecture and community organising tour – October 2015 At a time when membership, participation and public confidence in traditional party politics are at a low ebb, the Southern Policy Centre has a programme of work to encourage innovative forms of public participation. To date this has involved support for deliberative polling and a pilot constitutional convention. Arnie Graf’s tour has been organised by the SPC as part of this programme. Arnie Graf is a prominent US advocate of community organising, the…

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Citizens decide: grants and commissioning budgets in Southampton

Southampton City Council has established a People’s Panel, made up of residents who are interested in taking part in consultations and other opportunities to express their views on council services, health services and living in the city. On Saturday 4th July 2015 the Southern Policy Centre ran a deliberative polling session with some members of the People’s Panel to pilot this different way of engaging people in exploring specific issues. Southampton City Council, like most local authorities, faces major challenges…

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Why not a ‘Southern Powerhouse’? Presentation at Business South

We’ve all heard about plans to give new powers to local authorities in Greater Manchester and other major metropolitan areas in northern England. George Osborne has set out his vision of a ‘northern powerhouse’ but there is real potential for this region too. On the 3rd July John Denham, Chair of the SPC Advisory Board, laid out our work on devolution policy for Business South. Read the speech here and see the slides below: Download the slides Fascinating presentation John Denham @policysouth…

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Business South: Digital Summit

On Friday 27th March John Denham, Chair of the Southern Policy Centre, spoke about our Open Data Initiative at Business South’s Digital Summit event held at Winchester Planetarium and Science Park. It was a successful morning where we heard from many Digital experts in new and emerging technologies ranging from Drones, 3D Printing, Home Energy Saving Devices and new technology from Japan. The morning was closed by keynote speaker Lord Robert Winston. See John’s slides below:

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SPC launches Open Data initiative

As a key strand of its work, the Southern Policy Centre sets out to research, design, champion and test fresh approaches to ‘Open Data’ especially in response to the opportunity of public service reform. Launching our ‘Open Data Initiative’, we welcomed Liam Maxwell, Government Chief Technology Officer, to address an audience of entrepreneurs, academics, coders, innovators and policy makers on ‘Government As A Platform’ for Change. Drawing on international insights and his own experience of working to help save UK…

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