The Autumn Plenary session of the 3 AER Committees (Economy, Social and Cultural), kindly hosted by Hampshire County Council in Winchester on 2-4 November 2015 was a great success. We thank the host region for their warm welcome and all the participants for their contributions. We look forward to seeing you next time!
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Overview of events:
AER Committee 1, 2 and 3 Autumn Plenary Meeting (02/11/2015, 10:00-12:00; 16:30-18:00)
The Autumn plenaries will start with a joint session on the new AER, which will be followed by 3 separate sessions to allow each Committee to organize the way forward and debate on current topics within each Committee.
Study Visit to Boldrewood Innovation Campus (02/11/2015, 13.30-16.00)
Boldrewood Innovation Campus is a £140m investment in new buildings and facilities, focusing on the marine and maritime sector. The visit will tour these facilities and hear from some of the academics and industrialists closely involved in the development of the latest technologies.
The 100 first delegates who have registered to this event will receive a ticket at the registration desk. Should you change your mind and no longer want to attend this visit, please let us know on the spot or give your ticket to someone else directly. Unfortunately it will not be possible to deliver more tickets for this visit.
Meet the Business Leaders from the South – Drinks reception (02/11/2015, 18:00-19:00)
This will be an opportunity for members to meet with local Business leaders and share experiences on regional development strategies and tools and interregional cooperation.
Seminar on innovation in the public sector (02/11/2014, 14.30-17.30)
In this seminar we will take stock of innovative practices in the public sector in Europe and share experiences with peers on how the design of services can improve efficiency and change the user experience.
Particular attention will also be given to the way Public services innovate to address situations of crisis, such as the current refugee crisis. Please find more information on the agenda below.
Committee 1 Working groups “Energy & Climate Change”, “Investments, Business & SMEs”, “Rural development & Agriculture”, “transports & regional airports” (03/11/2015, 8:30-12:45)
Working groups will meet to share the latest developments in their current activities, define expected outcomes, plan activities and resources to produce these outcomes.
Committee 2 meeting of the AER [email protected] network (03/11/2015, 8:30-10:30)
This meeting is aimed at taking stock of the latest outputs of the AER [email protected] network and more importantly its impacts in the regions. Members will define expected outcomes, plan activities and resources to produce these outcomes.
Committee 3 meetings of the Subcommittees and the working groups “school dropouts” and “Culture & Health”
Members will share the latest developments in their current activities, define expected outcomes and plan activities and resources to produce these outcomes.
Thematic conference: Public Sector Innovation in times of change
“Everybody believes in innovation until they see it. Then they think, ‘Oh, no; that’ll never work. It’s too different.”
Issue at stake
Policy making and rendering services for the citizens are constantly challenged by societal changes, the digitalisation of our lives and the political developments on local, national and global level. The urgency to become more efficient in the public sector, financial pressure, and reduced staff pose considerable constrains on maintaining good government services and fulfilling the expectations of citizens.
The conference will tackle 3 key themes:
#1- Innovative ways to deal with your money: coping with tight budgets yet delivering quality services
#2 – Leading digital change and changing minds: Providing effective leadership
#3 – Managing social integration and change: facing the refugee and migration challenge
- Gerry Stoker is Centenary Research Professor at the University of Canberra, Australia and also Chair of Governance at the University of Southampton, UK who will be providing some academic input on public sector innovation and governance today.
- Heather Wills works at the Local Government Association in the UK and will share some of her insights of how local government in the UK is using innovation to address the financial challenge.
- Paul Archer is Director of Policy and Governance at Hampshire County Council as well as Director of Transformation to 2017. He will share about the three major cost reduction programmes that the County Council has embarked upon since 2010. To date, reductions of £240m have been achieved and the latest programme is set to deliver a further £98m by 2017.
- Agneta Granström is member of Norrbotten County Council and chairs or is member of the Executive Board of several committees dealing with public health, IT, innovation and transport.
- Ian Hoult is working in Hampshire’s Emergency Planning department and will be talking about Hampshire’s response to the UK Government’s Syrian resettlement programme.
- Moderation by Heather Wills from the Local Government Association (UK)
Objective of this conference was to share with each other successful initiatives and measures in order to change and transform the public sector but also learn about challenges, potential pitfalls and mistakes in order to avoid them in the future. The purpose was for regions to gain insights into what works and what not and take home new ideas and practices that can potentially be implemented in their own regions.
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We take this opportunity to share with you an initiative of the Working group on Investments business & SMEs, who are opening a study to collect good practices and lessons learned from regions in the field of the circular economy. We invite all regions to share their experience, and to complete the form attached.