Helen Power

CLES welcomes the Sino-Euro think tank symposium

CLES was delighted this week to join the first Sino-Euro think tank symposium here in Manchester.

Organised by the Sino-Euro Think Tank Communication Association (SETTCA), the symposium welcomed nearly twenty researchers, policy advisers and practitioners from China. We were able to share our views on new local economics and it was a brilliant opportunity to share the UK and Chinese perspective on think tank management and purpose. Tellingly, we collectively identified a number of similarities between the challenges faced by think tanks in the UK and China, including:

Summit: overwhelming demand means a change of venue

Following overwhelming demand, CLES will be relocating this year’s Community Wealth Building Summit to The Florence Institute in Liverpool (the Florrie).

This was a decision we struggled with: Birkenhead Town Hall is a stunning venue and our friends at Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council have been extremely accommodating. In the end it came down to a matter of wanting as many people as possible to join us in building the Community Wealth Building movement.

Time to Build an Inclusive Local Economy in Northern Ireland

On Thursday 30th May Development Trusts NI (DTNI) launched Time to Build an Inclusive Local Economy, a charter that sets out how to build local wealth and address the increasing inequalities in our society.

The Charter has been collaboratively developed by CLES and DTNI and supported by Community Foundation for Northern Ireland and Friends Provident Foundation and it is the cornerstone of a new DTNI project ‘Creating Resilient Local Economies’