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Looking back, to look forwards

I have a confession to make. It was not until 2014, just before my second year at BUILD (Bilbao Urban Innovation and Leadership Dialogues), that I fully understood the role of its initiator, the German Marshall Fund of the United States (GMFUS). I had been describing...

Maintaining bridges; keeping cities connected beyond the UK

I’ve long held that peer-to-peer learning can be more powerful than formal training and with deepening devolution, the Good City Economy UK road trip is a great idea. The next logical step is international ‘study’, given that cities collaborate with greater...

Getting real; one year on from CDF

Getting real Professional impact of closure There’s not much you can write about an organisation that has closed, other than to note that a year has passed quickly. The Community Development Foundation was around for nearly 50 years and, since it ceased trading on 31...

What is a community?

Communities Week 2017 provided a refreshing reminder of how local communities continue to take action on the issues that affect them, without apology or permission. It reminded me, too, of many national conversations I have been party to around how to support,...

Changing how government does business with communities

Over the past few months I have provided strategic and practical advice on engaging communities in siting a government-led nationally significant infrastructure project (NSIP). What is unusual – and what hooked me in – is that the government intends to adopt a...