The RSA's Chief Executive, Andy Haldane argues that there is cause to be optimistic about levelling-up in general, and levelling-up Liverpool in particular.
‘How can we create a more successful Liverpool?' was the question posed at the 2023 Vice-Chancellor's Conference at Liverpool University. RSA CEO Andy Haldane gave the keynote address, to encourage a realistic but confident discussion about the many opportunities and challenges faced by Liverpool and other UK cities.
Yes, there have been examples of successful regeneration, but more often than not, UK regional policies have been a story of high hopes and dashed expectations - dashed on the rocks of poor leadership, lack of money, or inept execution - and most often all three.
Andy used the speech to highlight the RSA's UK Urban Futures Commission, which seeks to unleash the potential of cities so they add dynamism to economies, cohesiveness to communities and redemption to the environment.
Working with Creative PEC and Arts Council England the RSA is bringing together leaders across regions in the UK to grow the impact of the creative industries, and creativity in industry.
UK Urban Futures Commission Leadership Researcher Joan Munro discusses how long-term government support could help council leaders and their partners move further and faster.