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Innovation Zone Do you want the opportunity to learn from exciting digital and social innovations happening around the country? Would you like to explore practical and radical ways to meet your local challenges? If so, join Nesta at the Innovation Zone on 2-3 July to: 

Hear the latest thinking from renowned innovation and creativity expert Charles Leadbeater.  Meet digital and social innovators who can help you to address your council’s challenges.  Find out about Nesta’s cutting edge work on Creative Councils, People Powered Health and innovation skills. The Innovation Zone is designed to support decision-makers in local authorities who are grappling with the challenges brought about by budget constraints and rising and more complex demands. Our research and practical experience of working with councils suggests that these challenges can be most effectively met through innovation and transformational change. The Innovation Zone will provide insights, inspiration and practical support to councils that are ready to think in fundamentally different ways about their role and the communities they serve. Find out more about Nesta’s work in the zone on pages 6 & 7.

Innovation Zone programme Tuesday 2 July 9:00

Innovation Zone opens – come and meet our exhibitors, including digital and social innovators and Nesta’s Creative Councils, People Powered Health and innovation skills programmes.


Pitching innovations – a series of quick-fire pitches from digital and social innovators, including Casserole Club, Community Catalysts, Good Gym, Stepping Out and many more.


‘Radical Innovation in Local Government’ – hear the latest innovation thinking at an interactive workshop with Charles Leadbeater introduced by Councillor Peter Fleming, Chair, LGA Improvement and Innovation Board



Wednesday 3 July 8:00

Innovation Zone opens – meet a new range of exhibitors, including digital and social innovators and representatives of Nesta programmes.


Pitching Innovations – more quick-fire pitches from our exhibiting innovators.


‘From best to fresh practice’ – Nesta Chief Executive Geoff Mulgan features in a plenary session in the Exchange Auditorium


Creative Councils panel session focusing on councils’ experiences of being part of the Creative Councils programme and the lessons we are learning about innovation in local government



On Thursday 4 July, the LGA will be running council-led sessions in the Innovation Zone – showcasing those councils who have risen to the challenge of being more innovative. Councils will be bringing along something to share – which is not a piece of paper. They’ll be demonstrating apps, pictures, videos and gadgets amongst other things. The mood in the space will be very informal and for most of the day multiple conversations will be taking place. Whilst the energy in the room will be relaxed, even fun, the LGA is serious about its commitment to supporting councils that are taking risks to capture and share their innovative practice. If you’re interested, or have got something innovative to share please do come along to the Innovation Zone on Thursday. Include #LGAinnovate in your tweets about what’s happening in the Innovation Zone. Thursday 4 July 9:15-10:15

Launch: Council leaders’ key actions for innovation: political accounts of encouraging innovation to flourish   

Hear leaders discuss the most effective ways for politicians to achieve more innovations in their councils Listen to key findings from the research on politicians’ views on innovation, giving participants a ‘key actions’ checklist Share examples and ideas from the councils achieving or developing more innovations, more successfully

Chair: Councillor Peter Fleming, Chair, LGA Improvement and Innovation Board Councillor Martin Tett, Leader, Buckinghamshire County Council Councillor Michael White, Leader, LB Havering Councillor James Alexander, Leader, York City Council Joan Munro, Director, Accelerating Innovation in Local Government Research Project


Demonstration: Digital councillors – come along and absorb how award-winning councillors are using digital effectively and getting results Getting digital isn’t just setting up a Twitter account or installing Skype – it’s about using these channels effectively in a way that works for you and the residents in your local area. If you missed the Networked Councillors’ breakfast session or are looking for a practical session to try out new technologies and discuss experiences with other councillors, then this demo is for you. Panellists include: Chair: Councillor Tim Cheetham, LGA Improvement and Innovation Board and Cabinet Member for Children, Young People and Families, Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council Councillor David Harrington, Cabinet Member for Corporate Management and Finance, Stockton Borough Council and LGIU Online Councillor of the Year Councillor Anthony McKeown, Deputy Leader, High Peak Borough Council Councillor Barry Kirby, Quedgeley Parish Council and Gloucestershire County Council Councillor Simon Cooke, Bradford Metropolitan Borough Council Councillor Alison Hernandez, Torbay Council


Future Councils: Round Tables For those councils who have already shared services and management, applied systems thinking and LEAN processes and improved their procurement practices – what should they do next to achieve the levels of savings required? These Future Councils are experimenting with new models of service delivery to explore what next; come and hear how they are getting on. 1. Developing a vision of public service delivery for Suffolk in 2016 Chris Bally, Assistant Director (Business Development), Suffolk County Council Stephen Baker, Chief Executive, Suffolk Coastal District Council 2. Managing demand to avoid future costs on council services Sara Turnbull, Demand Management – Transformation, Buckinghamshire County Council 3. Loyalty reward scheme Steven Rose, Head of Strategic Research, Birmingham City Council 4. A joint trading venture Linda Harper, Deputy Corporate Director and Director of Service


Development, Adults and Communities, Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council Brian Pimlott, Business Development Director, Amey 5. Streetwise – developing a social franchise Allen Graham, Chief Executive, Rushcliffe Borough Council 6. Showcasing Plymouth’s co-operative council approach and ambitions Mark Grimley, Assistant Director, HR & Organisational Development, Plymouth City Council 12:45-13:30

Gadgets, apps and visuals: Round Tables If you’re interested in councils who have invested in or are exploring how new technologies can better support improved service delivery then this is the session for you. 1. Bristol City Council – open data and community projects including “Hills are Evil” and “I love my city” Kevin O’Malley, Programme Manager, Connecting Bristol Makala Campbell, Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) 2. Surrey County Council – innovation peer challenge, innovation hubs and trialling new technology (including watches for people with dementia) Councillor Denise le Gal, Surrey County Council 3. Cheshire West and Chester Council – recycling disposable nappies into plastic roof tiles Councillor Mike Jones, Leader, Cheshire West and Chester Council 4. Lambeth Council – using technology to support cooperative working through websites including Feel Good Lambeth and Made in Lambeth plus other examples of using new technology and visuals (at low cost). John Bennett, Quality Assurance Manager, Lambeth Council Pauline Whalley, Technical Project Manager, Lambeth Council 5. LG Inform demonstrations – come and see how LG Inform can help you understand the performance of your council, and help bring greater transparency and local accountability. Juliet Whitworth, Research and Information Manager, Local Government Association 6. Buckinghamshire County Council – demonstrating their new website designed to work on any platform - pc, tablet or smartphone. They will also share their new fly-tipping reporting tool which allows customers to upload a photo and their location using the technology already available in their smart phone.


Madeline Hall, E-Access Manager, Buckinghamshire County Council Jane Henstock, Project Manager, Buckinghamshire County Council 13:30-14:30

Award winners in innovation: Round Tables Councillor Peter Fleming, Chair, LGA Improvement and Innovation Board and Michael Coughlin, Executive Director, Leadership, Improvement, Workforce and Productivity, LGA will introduce this session 1. Suffolk County Council – getting mobile apps onto school curriculums Duncan Farley, IT Project Manager, Suffolk County Council 2. Creating innovation fit councils Neil Keeler, Group Manager, People and Organisational Development, Southend-on-Sea Borough Council 3. Stoke Creative Council – developing its goal to become an energy sufficient ‘Great Working City’ Councillor Andy Platt, Stoke City Council 4. Derbyshire Creative Council – showcasing ‘Uni-fi’, a bespoke package of support aimed at developing aspiration amongst young people in care Nicole Chavaudra, Transformation Programme Manager, Derbyshire County Council 5. Wigan Creative Council – creating a new economic model for social care Councillor Keith Cunliffe, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council Stuart Cowley, Director for Adult Social Care and Health, Wigan Metropolitan Borough Council 6. York City Council – a demonstration of the York App for tourists, exploring salary sacrifice for staff tools and GenUS innovation fund Kersten England, Chief Executive, York City Council Heather Niven, Science City York


Innovation Networking Space An opportunity to continue your innovation conversations in an informal setting before the final conference plenary session.


About Nesta Nesta is an independent charity with a mission to help people and organisations bring great ideas to life. We do this by providing investments and grants and mobilising research, networks and skills. You can find out more about our work by visiting our website: Nesta’s work in the zone Nesta’s Innovation Lab supports innovators across public services, society and business to develop radical new responses to the economic and social challenges of our time. In the Innovation Zone, we will share insights from areas of our work that we hope will inspire and help you to think of practical and innovative solutions to the local issues that you may be grappling with. Through our Creative Councils programme, we have supported 17 councils and their partners to design, implement and scale radical new approaches to some of the most pressing challenges facing their communities and local services. From this 17, we have now selected a smaller group of five councils – Derbyshire, Monmouthshire, Rotherham, Stoke and Wigan – who we are supporting this year to bring their innovative ideas to life. Our People Powered Health programme aimed to change the way our healthcare system supports people with long-term health conditions. Run in partnership with the Innovation Unit, the programme made the case for a new approach to healthcare, which makes better use of the resources within communities. Through our practical work with six teams across England, we set out a vision for a healthcare system that better combines the skills and expertise of clinicians with the insights, knowledge and commitment of patients, families, communities and networks. The Innovation Skills programme helps people and organisations make great ideas happen. It brings together insights, methods, expertise and evidence from a range of sectors – from public services to high-tech industries – and shares some of the practical skills needed to make innovation happen. The aim of the programme is to demystify innovation and make it into a practical process, empowering individuals and giving them the tools to turn learning and theoretical ideas into practice. The programme is delivered online as tools, methods and guidance and through practical workshops.


Our exhibitors In the Innovation Zone, we will be showcasing a wide range of digital and social innovations that are helping to transform local public services. Amongst many others, examples of those confirmed are: Casserole Club helps people share extra portions of home-cooked food with others in their area who might not always be able to cook for themselves. Like a local, community-led takeaway, members serve up meals to their neighbours, getting more people cooking fresh food while strengthening local neighbourhood relationships with every bite. For those who aren’t on the internet, Casserole Club helps those who are offline to order meals, connect and pair up with local people. Community Catalysts harnesses the talents of people and communities to provide imaginative solutions to complex social issues and care needs. They work with local partners, including councils, to stimulate and support the development of high quality and sustainable local enterprises. GoodGym helps you get fit by doing good. It’s a community of runners that exercise by doing physical tasks that benefit their communities. GoodGym runners clear derelict land community gardens, move rubble, create community gardens and help isolated older people with regular visits and support. Patchwork is a simple and secure web application that uses social technology to join up professionals across public services for better results. For example, connecting the team around the family leads to earlier interventions and better outcomes for families. By helping professionals communicate better across organisations, Patchwork supports better multi-agency working. Stepping Out believes that unleashing entrepreneurship within councils and their staff will renew at-risk public services and make them sustainable. Their new Propagator programme helps Councils to identify the best commercial opportunities then incubate and nurture them into flourishing mutuals, joint-ventures or council-owned companies. Streetbank aims to bring neighbours together by enabling people to share their time, skills or things with anyone living within a mile of their home. By encouraging people to help each other and making giving a part of everyday life, it’s helping to build stronger, more resilient communities.


Innovation zone programme  
Innovation zone programme