In this seminar we look at how creative conversations and dialogue can be used as tools by Local Authorities to bring communities together.
Focussing on the work of Luton and the policies of the London Borough of Enfield we will address the vital role of the local authority in bringing communities together.
We will then look at how initiatives like “talking cities” and the “Listening Road show “ are being developed to change attitudes and create community consensus. We will also look at how this has worked in practice.
After the turbulence of the Brexit debate, this has now become a concern that is nationwide. Our nation seems divided as to its future and has also seen fragmentation grow at a local level. But there are a number of initiatives that are taking place to address this and to foster community cohesion.
In this seminar, we will examine these and also work together to see how we can develop such initiatives in our own localities.
- An understanding of the growing fragmentation of our society.
- How this can be addressed through community conversation.
- How these conversations can be developed to bring different communities together
- What central role the local authority can play in this to facilitate conversation and enable community cohesion
9:30 Coffee & Registration
10:00 Introduction for The Day
10:15 The Problem Stated (Francis Sealey)
10:25 Role of Local Authority – This will be a session where we look at the work of Luton in developing cohesion in their communities and the London Borough of Enfield with their plans to achieve community cohesion as well as their belief that local authorities must learn from each other.
11:05 Plenary Session For Participants to discuss their own localities, issues and solutions
11.25 Creating Good Relations with Dialogue (Abdul Rahim)
11.45 Speaker – Creating Conversations Across Divides (Perry Walker)
12.05 Q&A to Abdul and Perry
13.15 The Listening Roadshow and Talk Shop on immigration
This will be an introduction to the Listening Road Show and the Talk Shop initiatives and how they have addressed the divisive issue of immigration in communities. It will also be an experiential and participatory exercise
14.15 Parallel Lives Revisited (Ted Cantle)
14.50 Panel on how attendees can use community conversations on their patch. This will be a panel and attendee discussion on how community conversations can be created in different localities and will include a short planning session.
15.30 Taking This Forward – Developing Online Dialogue Abdul Rahim
15.45 Feedback on Day
*This programme was correct at the time of publication but may be altered to reflect speaker changes that are beyond our control.