The RSA and The Map Consortium, already working together in the city through the Citizen Power Programme, proposed establishing an Innovation Forum to support and accelerate this culture change.
The ambition of this programme was to foster a new city-wide leadership ethos, inspire innovative working practice and in particular, to engage the arts and other practical, creative processes to help make this happen.
Six Forum events were held across a year, beginning in the autumn of 2011 and were themed as follows: Conditions for Change & Innovation; Perceptions of Place; Leading Innovation; Engagement; Facilitative Leadership; Sustaining Innovation.
Fifty city leaders from across the public, voluntary and private sectors met every two months to engage in new ways of thinking about addressing the needs of the city. Creative, arts-led facilitation was pivotal to this leadership uncovering their own potential, developing new relationships and revealing the possibilities existing in Peterborough.