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Solace summit themes - 2011

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With less money, more freedom and rising demand for services, local government managers are facing a dizzying array of opportunities, pressures and risks. Solace is responding at our summit where the members, not outside speakers, will lead the debate.

In Edinburgh next month Solace will be experimenting with new approaches to facilitated learning and collaborative working so participants can share their ideas and views on the big issues. The summit will provide inspiration, provocation and participation. It will be the biggest management conversation of the year.

In May we asked the our members what their top five issues were. From this we have set out five propositions for the summit. Each will form a work stream that runs throughout the event, with provocation provided by a wide range of speakers from inside and outside Solace.

The summit is a unique opportunity for senior managers to inspire each other and return to their councils better equipped to do their jobs

The themes are: meeting the challenge of changing times; making local government a public health organisation; putting democracy back into localism; providing public services in a networked world; and driving economic growth. The leaders of the streams consider the big questions across these pages.

Throughout the three days participants will be contributing to a final communiqué which will capture the challenges we face, the vision we share and the action we will take.

The summit is a unique opportunity for senior managers to learn from each other, support and inspire each other, and return to their councils better equipped to do their jobs. It will begin with collective thinking and end with energy and impetus. The conversation has already started. At the summit blog dozens of managers have contributed views on everything from the riots to job creation. I invite you to join in.

Kathryn Rossiter, managing director, Solace

 

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