Informal power: the opportunities and risks in using the personal touch to bring about city change
11 December 2017, 5.30 PM - 11 December 2017, 7.00 PM
Sarah Ayres (University of Bristol), Ciaran Mundy (Bristol Pound), Bristol City Council (tbc) and Sharon Woma (entrepreneur and business mentor)
Watershed 1 Canon's Road Bristol BS1 5TX
Personal relationships and social networks are an inevitable feature of city leadership. ‘Informal governance’ describes the connectivity that goes on in cities that is undocumented but can have an important role in shaping the city’s future and developing new ideas. This session introduces the findings of a collaboration between the University of Bristol and Bristol Pound into the use of informality and how informal approaches at a city level can extend influence, support innovation and ultimately inform policy. Speakers will reflect on how these informal methods function and their impact on effectiveness, inclusion and democracy in city leadership: how it might be used to good effect and the potential pitfalls of using informal relationships to exert influence; before inviting audience questions and discussion. Panel chaired by Robin Hambleton. More information and book a free place
This event is supported by the Cabot Institute.