A week of events exploring different approaches to community wealth building at the neighbourhood level, with Ted Howard, Director and co-founder of the US-based Democracy Collaborative.

The programme is supported by Local trust, Power to Change, Friends Provident Foundation, the Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES), Joseph Rowntree Foundation, Barrow Cadbury Trust, the Open Society Foundation and is being delivered in collaboration with local partners.

Monday 18 November – Exploring Community Wealth Building either side of the Atlantic.

Location: London

Community Wealth Building at the neighbourhood level
10am – 12pm
Toynbee Hall, East London

A key-note lecture by Ted Howard, on the work of the Democracy Collaborative in the U.S.A and UK, providing insights about community wealth building projects at the neighbourhood -rather than municipal – level.

Ted will be introduced by Matt Leach from Local Trust and a response will be provided by Frances Jones from the Centre for Local Economic Strategies.

Tickets can be found here

Cross-Whitehall Roundtable
1pm – 3pm
DCMS Buildings, Westminster
This is a closed event

This round table is a collaboration with the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. It will consider the evidence base for community empowerment initiatives. Ted Howard will speak about the value and benefits of Community Wealth Building, Matt Egan about the Communities in Control research project – which is examining the impact on health and well-being of community leadership.

Tuesday 19 November – Making Financial Power Work for Local Places

Location: Dover.

Primer for the week
10.30am-11.30am
DBL Co-innovation space, Stembrook Lane, Dover, Kent CT16 1PF
This is a closed event   

This session, led by CLES, will help the group to develop a clear understanding of Community Wealth Building, how it can manifest at the neighbourhood level, and the themes to be covered during the week. It will be an opportunity for those attending the programme of events to set out some broad questions that we will hope to answer throughout the week. 

 

Project Visit: Dover Big Local
11.30am-1pm
DBL Co-innovation space and surrounding high street
This is a closed event
 

Representatives from Dover’s Big Local Partnership will present on their work and take us on a tour of the town centre, showcasing the economic development projects they have been working on. Lunch will be provided at the Co-Innovation space. 

 

Unlocking the Economic Power of Communities to Keep Wealth LocalRoundtable Discussion
2pm-4pm
DBL Co-innovation space Boardroom
If you would like to attend this event, please contact Rob Day

A roundtable discussion on how focusing on the local area can help to build wealth. This discussion will be centred around the principle of making financial power work for local places, looking at different perspectives of this principle and focusing on local economic development at the neighbourhood level. This session will begin with three short provocations, each taking in a slightly different perspective on the issue, before opening up to a wider discussion between all attendees. 

Speakers will include: Ted Howard, Director and co-founder of the US-based Democracy Collaborative; Martina White, Chair of Dover Big Local; and more.

The roundtable will be chaired by Matt Leach, CEO of Local Trust. 

Wednesday 20 November – Building a more Democratic, Plural Economy

Location: Morecambe

Project Visit: The Exchange – Arts and creativity in the community
10.30am-12pm
The Exchange CIC, 13 West St, Morecambe LA3 1RB  
This is a closed event 

Visit to the Exchange Creative Community CIC, a venue for arts and leisure activities in Morecambe’s West End.There will be a tour and presentation from members of The Exchange about how their work is creating change in Morecambe. 

 

Plural Models of Ownership: Panel Discussion
2pm-4pm
The Exchange Good Things Studio, Arndale Morecambe Bay, Market Street, Morecambe, LA4 5DH
If you would like to attend this event, please contact Rob Day 

A panel discussion covering the importance of fostering a diverse range of business models and plural forms of ownership such as workers’ co-ops, employee ownership, and Community Interest Companies.This session will take a more conventional format, with three panelists speaking for 15 minutes on the topic. 

Speakers include: Ted Howard, Director and co-founder of the US-based Democracy Collaborative; James Wright, Policy Officer at COOPS UK; Jo Bamborough, Co-Founder of The Exchange CIC.

 

Linking Neighbourhood with Municipal-level Development: Dinner and Presentation
7pm-9.30pm
VenueLevenshulme Inspire
If you would like to attend this event, please contact Rob Day

Location: Manchester

A dinner and discussion examining how local economic development at the neighbourhood level can link to economic strategy developed for wider geographies – at the level of local authority areas or regionally. IPPR-North will present the findings of research commissioned by Local Trust examining the development of Local Industrial Strategies and how they connect with or support economic development at the neighbourhood level. Additionally, CLES will talk briefly about their recent research examining community wealth building in Big Local areas. 

Thursday 21 November – Exploring Socially Just Models of Housing and Land Ownership.

Location: Leeds

Site Visit: CHACO Housing project
10.30am-11.30am 
This is a closed event

A tour around the Chapeltown Cohousing project in Leeds, which is building 29 low cost, energy efficient homes with shared facilities. At least two thirds of residents are being drawn from the immediate neighbourhood. 

 

Project Visit: Headingley Development Trust
1pm- 3pm 
HEART, Bennett Road, Leeds, LS6 3HN
This is a closed event

A presentation on the work of Headingley Development Trust, including the community owned arts and business venue (HEART) and their growing community housing project.

 

The Case for Community Housing and Asset Ownership: Roundtable Discussion
3pm-5pm
HEART, Bennett Road, Leeds, LS6 3HN
If you would like to attend this event, please contact Rob Day 

A roundtable discussion exploring different models of housing and land ownership and how these can benefit neighbourhoods across Britain. This roundtable will look for new responses to Britain’s housing crisis and how communities can put residents at the forefront. This session will include three provocations, each looking at a different perspective on the issue, before opening up the discussion to all attendees. 

Speakers include: Ted Howard, Director and co-founder of the US-based Democracy Collaborative; Richard Norton, Society Secretary at Headingley Development Trust; Bill Phelps, Chapeltown Cohousing project. The roundtable will be chaired by Helen Nicol, Development Manager at Locality. 

Friday 22 November – Progressive Procurement and Plenary to the Week.

Location: Leicester

Project Visit: B-Inspired Community Development
10am-12pm
Business Box, Oswin Road, Braunstone, LE3 1HR
This is a closed event

A presentation and tour of the work of B-Inspired, detailing how they are supporting new and existing community businesses, and how they are helping to centrBraunstone’s economy around community business models. 

 

Community Wealth Building at the Neighbourhood Level: Plenary Learning Session
1pm-4pm
Venue Business Box, Oswin Road, Braunstone, LE3 1HR
This is a closed event

This session will pull together learning from across the week. We will reassess the questions and themes that we set out in the session at the start of the week and work up what we have learnt from all of the visits. This session will be led by CLES.