Scotland’s first ever Cities Convention

People that live or work in one of Scotland’s cities are invited to attend Scotland’s first ever Cities Convention in Perth on 13 November 2015. The event will provide an opportunity to talk with city leaders and Scottish Government ministers, and to share ideas on how  to make Scotland’s cities even better. During the day, you will be able to:

  • Share your views
  • Hear good news stories from Scotland’s seven cities
  • Meet city leaders and Scottish Government Ministers
  • Be inspired by speakers who have stories to tell from around Scotland and further afield about how cities can work for the benefit of all
  • Extend your network and make useful connections.

Keith Brown, Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities, will be welcoming you on the day, along with his colleague Councillor Andrew  Burns, leader of City of Edinburgh Council and Chair of the Scottish Cities Alliance.

The day will be moderated by Eddy Adams, a native of Glasgow and an expert in gathering positive stories about cities working beyond boundaries.

The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Constitution and Economy, John Swinney, native of Edinburgh and now  MSP for Perthshire North, will speak and take questions.

Gorka Espiau, a native of Bilbao, is the Director of Innovation for Cities and Regions at The Young Foundation.  He will be sharing stories of transformation in Belfast, Leeds and the Basque Country.

Rachael Brown hails from Leith and is a creative social entrepreneur and Saltire Fellow. She will be sharing stories about how to develop creative solutions in sectors such as social housing, regeneration, specialist care, prisons and with early years.

Examples of innovation, creative approaches, and good partnership working will be shared from across Scotland, Europe and around the world. This includes a student leader talking about the development of the UHI campus in Inverness, school children who’ve been involved in the development of Dundee Waterfront and the person who came up with the idea of using empty office buildings to run an arts festival in Edinburgh.

If you would like to attend this event please register at the link below:

Please note that places are limited.  To help achieve a representative spread of delegates from across Scotland’s cities, confirmation of your place will be emailed to you shortly after your registration. Scotrail will fund train travel for those community representatives travelling from outside Perth. If you are attending as a volunteer (i.e. not in the course of your paid employment) and planning to travel by train from Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness or Stirling, please email with your home address and a voucher will be sent by post. The voucher covers rail travel to and from the Convention on Scotrail services by any route. There are a limited number of vouchers, so please apply soon.

More information:Scottish_Government_logo


Join the ‘Agenda for Cities’ Digital Dialogue

Michael Young Centenary Conference

#MY100: Social Innovation: Tackling Inequality in the 21st Century

Michael Young Centenary Conference
Date: 11 November 2015
Time: 10am – 5pm
Venue: Barbican Conference Centre, 1 Silk Street, London EC2Y 8DS


2015 is the centenary year of the birth of Michael Young (1915-2002), pioneering social scientist, political activist and social innovator. To mark this anniversary, the Young Foundation is hosting a major conference bringing social innovators, practitioners and academics together to explore Michael Young’s achievements and continuing influence. The day will include both reflection on the impact of his legacy, as well as discussion on contemporary thinking and innovation in our efforts to tackle todays rising inequality. The day will bring together insights and ideas from thinkers and doers from across the social innovation and equality movements.

Join us on the 11 November to take part in this unique conversation about innovation and community. Speakers will include: Glenys Thornton (YF CEO), Mariana Mazzucato, Kate Gavron, Paul Watt, Phil Cohen, Camilla Lewis, Mike Savage, Lisa McKenzie, Matthew Hilton, Lawrence Black, Mark Goldie, Helen McCarthy, Pat Thane, Pat Colgan, Alastair Wilson and more. #MY100 is led by the Young Foundation and supported by Young Foundation partners.

This is the workshop that will present our work in City/Region transformation:

6. Building Place Based Movements of Transformation

This workshop will present the Young Foundation´s Places programs in Leeds, Northern Ireland, Wales, Sheffield and Montreal. These interventions integrate ethnographic research, co-creation, acceleration and dynamic evaluation to build city/region movements of transformation aiming to tackle the structural causes of inequality. Speakers will explain and discuss with participants the Young Foundation´s methodology, how to transition from project delivery to movement building and the specific way it has been applied in those different cities and regions.

Panel includes: Pat Colgan, Trustee of The Young Foundation (Chair), Gorka Espiau, Director of Cities at The Young Foundation, Nat Defriend, Programme Lead – Amplify Leeds at The Young Foundation, Alice Sachrajda, Senior Research Associate at The Young Foundation, Kieron Williams, Programme Lead – Amplify Northern Ireland and Wales at The Young Foundation.