The goodly folk of The South West RSA Fellowship Team have been busy recently pulling together a series of important events for the south west.
Inspired by the recent Northern Futures initiative, the aim is to kick start a new style of conversation about the future of the South West’s economy by asking people to get involved in formulating radical new growth strategies for the region.
Lead partners include University of Exeter and Devon County Council, RSA SW and Knowledge Hub, supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEPs. Other key partners include Made Open, Current Works Ltd, and COSMIC.
The invite is open to anyone from local authorities, businesses, social enterprises, academics and students in identifying key challenges for the region and collaborating to solve them, to drive open policy making, open innovation using creative problem solving tools and design thinking methods.
The South West Futures Open Ideas Day is a pilot project. There is an online call for ideas, seeking to generate topics to explore on July 7th, and develop solutions that can be shared at a follow-up event with key partners in September.
As a pilot prototype, if it is successful then it could lead to an even bigger project in 2016.
On July 7th, parallel events are being held in the following locations:
Exeter (University of Exeter Business School)
Honiton (East Devon Business Centre)
Penryn (Made Open, Jubilee Warehouse)
Places are very limited but FREE, there is space for around 20-30 people at each event.
The events will be good fun and challenging and they are particularly seeking participation from people who are passionate about making positive change and are willing to collaborate across sectors and boundaries.