What I am working on at the moment
I am currently CEO of Centre for Local Economic Strategies (CLES) - a leading UK independent think and do organisation realising progressive economics for people and place. The aim is to achieve social justice, good economies and great public services for everyone, everywhere. I am working on a range of projects across the UK and Europe, which are focused on thinking through and applying an alternate economic model for places which includes ideas around economic collaboration, networks and community wealth building. I have published widely on this, including the latest: Forging a good local society: tackling poverty through a local economic reset.
Why I wanted to join the Participatory City Global Advisory
Participatory City is a fascinating project. We have many mega challenges within our cities and this requires a new praxis and new social movements. Key to this is the harnessing of the energy of people and the scaling up of new approaches and innovations. Participatory city is an element of that.
A little bit about my background
Over the last 20 years I have gained multi-disciplinary knowledge, skills and experience having worked extensively in the UK and more occasionally in Europe, Asia, US and Australasia. I have a regular column in New Start Magazine, and am a frequent blogger. I am an Honorary Fellow at the Centre for Urban Policy Studies, University of Manchester, and a Visiting Fellow at the Edge Hill University and on the editorial board of Local Economy.