Join us at one of our upcoming events to discuss the changing role of public services, what reform might look like, and what threats public services face today.
The RSA is undertaking a review of its work on public services and communities and exploring concepts of welfare, public service and inclusive growth. You can read more about our emerging thinking and the background for this event in this blog, written by our new Director of Public Services and Communities, Ed Cox.
To begin this process we are holding a series of events around the country in order to gather the experiences and input of RSA Fellows and others interested in tackling this pressing issue.
- Thursday 5 July, 6-8pm in Cambridge
- Monday 9 July, 6-8pm in Hastings
- Thursday 12 July, 3-5pm in Manchester
- Monday 16 July, 6-8pm in Swindon
- Tuesday 17 July, 6-8pm in London
- Monday 23 July, 6-8pm Online
These events are open to all and we welcome anyone interested in the topic to attend. These events are just the start of the project and we hope to involve more people in the autumn with events and activities in additional locations. At each event we want to explore the following questions:
- How would we define the biggest challenges that need addressing today?
- What are the opportunities that lie before us? How has our understanding of public service changed?
- What does reform look like? Are our challenges so different and great that we require the radical and revolutionary approach, or is our primary task to experiment, network and spread?
The majority of our session will be devoted to debate and discussion, with opportunities to learn about local good practice and for participants to share their own ideas. Each event will include a short presentation of some of the latest thinking from the RSA about public service reform and inclusive growth.
If you are interested in this project but are unable to attend one of these events, please sign up to hear more below.
Ian Burbidge on the importance of learning from previous area-based funding initiatives to address inequality across the UK.
Public sector commissioning is probably the biggest issue you never knew you cared about. When it goes wrong, it often goes spectacularly wrong. What does the application of the RSA’s model of change tell about why this might be, and what can be done to improve commissioning and drive innovation in public services?