Summit 2021: Programme

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Follow the links below for details of the speakers for each session.

Monday 15 November 2021

10am-12pm: opening plenary – wicked problems, community wealth building solutions

The opening session of this year’s Summit will set the context for the week’s events and for community wealth building in 2021. Following an an update on most notable developments in community wealth building in the last 12 months, our keynote speaker, Tom Arthur MSP, will discuss his role as Scottish Minister for Public Finance, Planning and Community Wealth. Read more →

This will be followed by a panel debate where anchor sector leaders will explore the question of how to develop local coalitions for community wealth building. Read more →

2-3.15pm: breakouts – community wealth building solutions, learning from practice

Tuesday 16, Wednesday 17 and Thursday 18 November

2-4pm: optional workshops – how can community wealth building help us unlock new thinking and solutions?

  • Tuesday: unlocking the financial levers for a local just transition. Read more →
  • Wednesday: owning the high street: can cultural and night time recovery serve communities? Read more →
  • Thursday: a bigger piece of the pie – developing the market for a locally-owned economic recovery. Read more →

Friday 19 November

1-3pm: closing plenary – what can we do on Monday?

Following the presentation on learnings from the week’s activities from CLES’s Chief Executive our closing address will be provided by Kate Pickett, epidemiologist and political activist. Kate will reflect on the fundamental notion that underpins community wealth building: that reimagining of how local economies function is a vital tool in addressing inequalities. Read more →

Following a short break, we will invite speakers from a range of sectors and the audience to share their learning from the week and how they intend to put that insight into action. This question of “what can we do on Monday” to advance community wealth building will frame the closing remarks for the day and the Summit as a whole. Read more →

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