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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Laird

Radical Reformers ep.54: Levelling Up Fast and Slow with Adam Hawksbee

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Adam Hawksbee, Deputy Director, Onward

This episode is with Adam Hawksbee, the Deputy Director of the Onward think tank having previously spent time working directly with West Midlands Mayor Any Street.

This is for anyone interested in levelling up and the different lenses through which you can consider it including: economic development; public health; crime and antisocial behaviour; and local workforce skills. Onward have conducted some fascinating research across the country and Adam relays some of the learning from that including what levelling up activity is happening in Barry – the home of TV hit Gavin and Stacey.

Adam also discusses the concepts of levelling up fast and slow and what they mean (spoiler alert! you need both), how public investment and private investment need to work together and why some areas are very happy to be “commuter towns” and others aren’t.

If levelling up isn’t your thing then we also find time to explore the impact of AI (particularly on public services), a new idea for national service, the importance of hydrogen to the net zero goal, and how patriotism has become a misunderstood concept.


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