Nov 072014

Hello everyone

Devolution in Cambridgeshire has been in the news in recent days – some of you may have seen the coverage on the BBC. (See their article here). On 5 November, Cambridge University Technical College hosted BBC Look East’s debate on devolution in the East of England. Click here to watch the programme.

Cambridge Brewhouse Event

  • Date: Tues 18 November 2014
  • Time: from 6:30pm
  • Venue: Cambridge Brewhouse, 1 King Street, Cambridge, CB1 1LH

(Please note this is a change to the original date)

We will be in the upstairs function room (the Locker Room), which has a capacity for around 50 of us. We will also have use of their small upstairs bar. (You’ll have to buy your own drinks though!) The room is where the local social media agency Sookio hold their excellent social media masterclasses.

This event will be facilitated by Dr David Cleevely and Anne Bailey. If you would like to come along, please could you sign up via our Meetup group here.

Since the conversation cafe event, the small core organising group have had a couple of follow-up meetings. This is the first gathering of the wider group of people who have indicated they would like to be involved in the Be the change Cambridge project. A few of the core group have also had meetings with Cambridge City Council and Cambridgeshire County Council officials and councillors to explore how we can co-ordinate and support each others actions.

Your input to the Brewhouse event

As with the Conversation Cafe event at Anglia Ruskin University in September, we’re inviting active participation. In particular, we’d like your ideas and recommendations for the big spring event. Recall that in the summer, we set out our vision in our brochure here. One of the workstreams several of worked on at the Conversation Cafe, that Kim Spence-Jones┬ásummarised, was on the restructure of local government. Given the recent news and announcements from local government, could we design something into the spring event that invites people to take part in that county-wide conversation? Other things that you may want to explore at The Brewhouse event could include:

  • Marketing – in particular how do we ensure a spread of representation from across our communities, sectors of the local economy, and also geographically across the city
  • Information and mapping – What information will we need to underpin what we do. This could range from traditional ‘stakeholder mapping’ of which groups/organisations influence and have an interest in the project, to demonstrating tools and apps that people can use to improve how our city functions – MySociety being an example of the latter.
  • Youth participation – how can we get them involved and influencing the design of the event, the discussions that take place, and the reporting and write-ups of the spring event?
  • Succession and sequencing – What happens after the spring event, and how to we ensure momentum generated is maintained? How can we minimise clashes with other events and actions?
  • Pre-event activities and actions – What do participants want to do in the run up to the event? Are there things that we can organise that can tap into our local arts, culture and creative industries?
  • Sponsorship – Who should we approach to provide more financial support to the project, in particular if we are going to have actions continuing beyond the spring event?

If you have any questions, please email Antony Carpen at antonycarpen [at] gmail [dot] com

See you on Tuesday!

Brewhouse Pic

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