Grimsby & Blackpool- how community power is helping them with levelling up
We know that flourishing communities and good work sits at the heart of good lives and wealthy societies.

At the start of the digital revolution, in the 1970s, there was an expectation that people and places could transition to a new economy. Today we are reaping the grim rewards in terms of social deprivation and unbalanced economies. Levelling Up is an acknowledgement that transitions must be managed.

But how? It will not be enough to expand the number of ‘crap’ jobs and it will not be enough to pour money into projects and deals that do not add up to a coherent local strategy. Instead we require a new set of institutions, new relationships and socio-economic norms that can bridge the now perilous chasms in our society and enable each and every one to flourish.

Our two speakers, Baroness Valentine & Jason Stockwood join Professor Sir Paul Collier to discuss how we can help create a new narrative of civic entrepreneurship, good work and community flourishing in Grimsby & Blackpool. They will also be joined by Billy Dasein & Josie Moon who work with East Marsh United, a community group in Grimsby dedicated to transforming where we live for the better.

In association with the Oxford Martin Initiative on Regional Levelling-up

This event will be followed by a drinks reception all welcome.

This talk is live in-person and online

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Date: 24 May 2023, 17:00 (Wednesday, 5th week, Trinity 2023)
Venue: Oxford Martin School, 34 Broad Street OX1 3BD
Venue Details: In-person and online
Speakers: Baroness Valentine of Putney (Special Projects Director, Business in the Community), Jason Stockwood (53 Degrees Capital), Billy Dasein (East Marsh United), Josie Moon (East Marsh United), Professor Sir Paul Collier (Blavatnik School of Government)
Organising department: Oxford Martin School
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Audience: Public
Editor: Hannah Mitchell