The journey of Impact Hub Birmingham has so far been one of citizen-led, crowd-powered hope. One which is only just beginning and in which everyone has a part to play, if they want to.
June 2015 - NewStart in Birmingham and Midlands
The new Midlands Metropolitan Hospital plans to be embedded within its local economy in a similar way to that of Cadbury’s in Bourneville, offering a test case for the new role of anchor institutions in regeneration.
If devolution is to work for the benefit of communities in cities like Birmingham, then there is a pressing need to develop more localised vehicles to take control of assets and enhance the future life chances of residents.
As Birmingham Council deals with the aftermath of a damning review into its operations, Mark Rogers, its chief executive, spoke to New Start about the legacy of Chamberlain, devolving power to street level and putting happiness barometers in every neighbourhood
Post-Kerslake there’s a real scent of change in Birmingham. A braver, less bureaucratic council might be capable of a genuine strategic partnership: civic to civil society.