Jam and Justice Open Evening
Cities are sites of crisis and opportunity. In a context of rapid social change and austerity, the effectiveness of traditional systems of urban governance is in doubt. Jam and Justice: Co-Producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation is a three-year ESRC Urban Transformations project which aims to create a unique space to co-produce, test and learn from new ways of governing cities. ‘Jam' is about trying to bring together different partners in the city to experiment and innovate to address shared problems. 'Justice' is about re-connecting with those who have been disenfranchised and excluded from the search for solutions.
Through the development of an Action Research Cooperative (ARC) in Greater Manchester, the project aims to bring together academics, civil society organisations, practitioners, citizens and political leaders to exchange knowledge and develop creative responses to emerging urban governance challenges. Throughout the summer of 2016, the project will recruit 15 participants to join us in creating the ARC. The ARC will have a dedicated set of resources and a budget to co-design, deliver and analyse up to 10 action research projects for social innovation in urban governance.
Our search for participants starts on Friday 13th May. We will be hosting an Open Evening at the People's History Museum, Left Bank Café, where you can join us to find out more about the project and how you could get involved. The event will last from 1700-1930 and will include complimentary hot vegan food and drink. If you can't make it, don't worry... contact us directly at email@example.com to find out more.
Please note that places are limited, and booking via Eventbrite is required.
Bert joined the Urban Institute at the University of Sheffield in 2016, and contributes as a scholar-activist to the Jam and Justice project, part of the ESRC Urban Transformations Programme. Key areas of the project include: collaboratively establishing 10 action research projects as part of an Action Research Collective (ARC); producing alternative visions for Greater Manchester; assessing the viability of co-production in challenging existing governance forms; and understanding the scalability of the commons.