About this Session

Local authorities face a huge challenge in effectively engaging their diverse communities in decision-making around design, development and regeneration. With limited staff teams and budgets, they must strive to: develop effective engagement strategies; connect with local people, groups and organisations; enable open and critical dialogues; build capacity and a shared understanding of the issues and processes of design and placemaking; facilitate meetings workshops and events; and empower local people and organisation in and through shared decision-making. In an ideal world they should do this all through inclusive, transparent and accountable processes. 

The reality is that most local authorities lack the resources, skills and confidence to achieve all of this.     

At this chat, we’ll be talking about how to build confidence and capacity within local authorities to design and deliver effective community engagement strategies in design and placemaking, and explore how to tackle existing gaps in funding, capacity and confidence.    

Tickets will be released a month before the session.

About the Series

Glass-House Chats is a safe space to ask questions, explore ideas, approaches and methods, share learning and make connections. These are free sessions, conceived for local authority officers but open to all who are interested, to help build confidence and capacity in the sectors to engage communities in design and placemaking

The sessions will be chaired by The Glass-House Chief Executive Sophia de Sousa, who will briefly introduce the theme and then open the floor for an informal and open discussion among participants.

To ensure space for meaningful discussion, places are limited to a small group. Key discussion points will be collated and shared after each session.