Time for Total Place #2 ?

At Shared Intelligence we are convinced the time is ripe for Total Place #2 write Phil Swann and Tony Blake. Local councils and their partners face a combination of challenges that require close collaboration and engagement with local communities and businesses: responding to coronavirus; supporting economic recovery; re-thinking town and city centres; tackling health inequalities;… Read More

The new normals: not just one new normal..

The idea of one ‘new normal’ is a dangerous blind alley writes Ben Lee. It seems increasingly likely the COVID-19 pandemic is already leaving a permanent legacy. Had the crisis lasted only a few days or weeks then perhaps a ‘return to normal’ might have been possible. However, it is more than 80 days since… Read More

The new normals: local economic recovery

Economic recovery planning must start at the local level writes Lisa McCance. COVID-19 is expected to deliver one of the greatest economic shocks of our lifetime, with unprecedented levels of unemployment, business closure and a contraction of our economy not experienced in recorded history. It does however, present an opportunity to rebuild the economy, and… Read More

The new normals: visions and effective partnerships

We cannot plan local routes to recovery without clear local visions and strategies writes Phil Swann. In May 2020 councils and their partners are focussed on their response to coronavirus, particularly in relation to the people, communities and businesses most severely affected. We are aware, however, that thought is also being given to longer term… Read More

The new normals: capturing the learning

What we are learning right now is priceless, but are we capturing it? writes Ben Lee. Local public services have been operating at (or even beyond) the limits of their tolerance for more than 80 days, revealing strength points and weak points in ways we rarely see. This learning generated over the past three months… Read More

Developing an Employment and Skills Outcome Agreement

  Employment and skills outcomes agreements are intended to provide a framework to align skills provision to better address the skills needs of local employers and residents. They provide a valuable opportunity for key players in a skills system to develop a joint understanding of these needs and the role they can play in addressing… Read More

Sharing our work on children’s and youth arts with Nordic colleagues

Several of our projects have been getting attention from other countries keen to learn from our work.  In November we were invited by Kulturtanken the Norwegian youth and children’s cultural agency, to present at their national conference on ‘quality’ in publicly funded youth arts and culture.  The event was for arts and cultural practitioners from… Read More

Our maternal mental health research gets international audience

We recently had the privilege of presenting the results of our action-research into library-based rhyme times and maternal mental health, to an international audience of library professionals.  Having been invited to present at the Next Library conference in Berlin, we and colleagues from Essex Libraries (with whom we conducted the research) ran a real-life version… Read More