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HOPEFUL TOWNS - What Works (3) - Decline narratives and the power of the public realm
The state of the public realm is inextricably linked with resilience. Everyday problems around living environment can fuel pessimism and increase hostility to change. Often, this gives a foothold to the far right.

This applies whether we’re talking about boarded up houses, empty shops or closing pubs.

At this event we will hear about this question from practitioners and experts. What works when it comes to stimulating pride in the public realm? And how do you do this if you’re operating against a backdrop of economic decline or low social capital? How can specific approaches – be they grass roots arts projects or strategic initiatives by the local authority –make a difference?

This event is the third in our Hopeful Towns ‘What Works’ series. Each webinar looks at a different aspect of local policy, to understand what works when it comes to building resilience in English and Welsh towns.

11.00am-12.30pm, March 18th 2021


•Lauren Mills, Education and Outreach Coordinator (The Woodville), Actor/ Facilitator/Theatre Maker (Gravesend Arts Salon);
• Will Brett, comms, campaigns and public affairs for Guardians of the Arches;
• Gulnaz Hussain, Manager, Firvale Community Hub, Sheffield Page Hall;
• Tina Parry, Delivery Manager for Economic Development at Bradford Council (with key responsibilities around the Bradford City Park regeneration project);
• Nick Malyan, Director, Empty Shop CIC.

Mar 18, 2021 11:00 AM in London

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