THE FUTURE IS LOCAL



Westminster is preoccupied. More than ever now Councils are going to have do it for themselves. Whatever needs doing to improve the lives and prospects of citizens will need to be done at a local level. The Future Is Local, a new stream for Connected Local Government 2017,  features a series of WebTV interview/debates, expert voices on key, near-term developments; recorded for WebTV in front of a studio audience.

 Topics for debate include (scroll down for details)

  • Combined Authorities and the devolution piece – a done deal or a fudge in the making
  • Making a business of council services, mamaging the risks
  • Learning from excellence
  • Women in local Government
  • Autonomous vehicles – driving radical change in the delivery of local services
  • Information assurance - the key to Cyber Security
  • Local CIOs – Is the platform burning?
To join the studio audience and take part in a debate, book your day-pass
and turn up at the video studio at least ten minutes before recording is scheduled to begin.
 
Combined Authorities and the devolution piece 
Day: Wednesday 28th
Location: The Studio – Location 7
Duration: 45 mins   Time: 10:00 –10.45
Discussion: Is the combined authority project in danger of foundering? Is it a done deal or a fudge in the making? 
Interviewee: Martin Reeves CEO West Midlands Combined Authority
 
Making a business of council assets and services
Day: Wednesday 28th
Location: The Studio – Location 7
Duration: 1/2 hour   Time: 9.00am
Interviewee: Jason Burg - a founding directors of Caja with many years experience across the private and public sectors the creation and implementation of policy initiatives and transformational change programmes. Jason has successfully led procurements in local and central government sectors.
Discussion: Councils are increasingly developing commercial activities to generate funds to support local services. How far can this go? How can Councils behave like a business while maintaining their public service ethos? What are the dangers? How do they manage the risks. Are we looking at a series of car crashes waiting to happen?
 
Learning from excellence
Day: Wednesday 28
Location: The Studio – Location 7
Duration: 45 mins   Time: 11:00-11:45
Interviewee: Dr Adrian Plunkett - Consultant Intensivist at Birmingham Children's Hospital NHS Foundation Trust + 1 TBC
Discussion: Two years ago Adrian Plunkett realised that more often than not he and his colleagues were engaged in trying to learn from their mistakes and that there might be some value to trying to learn from their successes as well. With the help of his hospital trust and West Midlands Academic Health Science Network his ideas on learning from excellence have been codified and packaged so that other health organisation can also “learn from excellence”. Are there lessons here for local government? And if so what are they?
 
Women in Local Government
Day: Wednesday 28th
Location: The Studio – Location 7
Duration: 45 mins   Time: 2.00pm
Discussion: Women currently make up about a third of all elected councillors, a figure which has barely changed at all over the last two decades. Only 17 per cent of council Leaders are women. Why are they so under-represented? The Women in Local Government Commission was set up as a year-long programme of research to find out. Lauren Lucas will share what the Commission has discovered so far and debate how we can challenge some of the factors that hold women back in elected office. 
Interviewee: Lauren Lucas, Head of Projects at LGIU (Local Government information Unit) 
 
Autonomous vehicles – driving radical change in the delivery of local services
Day: Thursday 29th June
Location: The Studio – Location 7
Duration: 45 mins   Time: 1.00pm
Panellists: William Sachiti
Discussion: William Sachiti’s company, Kar-Go will launch a street legal autonomous delivery vehicle in mid-June. Such vehicles will transform the face of local public service delivery from rubbish collection and recycling to the delivery of meals on wheels and prescription medicines and on to the delivery of people to day care and drop in centres and treatment clinics. The future is here. What will it look like?
 
Information assurance the key to Cyber Security
Day: Thursday 29th June
Location: The Studio – Location 7
Duration: 30 mins   Time: 3.00pm
Interviewee: Watch this space
Discussion: “Information assurance is 80% of the cyber security task” it's about technology but the humans hold the key
 
 
Local CIOs – Is the platform burning?
Day: Thursday 29th
Location: The Studio – Location 7
Duration: 30 mins   Time: TBC
Panellists: tbc
Discussion: The messages are increasingly complex, the channels are multiplying, the local voice must now speak on more - and more fundamentally important – issues. The citizen is grumpy and more inclined to show it. Who would be a local chief information officer?
 
 

 

 

 


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