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  • Writer's pictureAndrew Laird

Radical Reformers ep.63: Co-operative Councils Innovation Network Conference Special 2023

Updated: Nov 22, 2023






Another conference-based episode! This time I travelled to the impressive new City Hall in Sunderland for the Co-operative Councils Innovation Network’s (CCIN) annual conference.

CCIN is a network of like-minded councils who believe in a set of principles including: social partnership; co-production; social economy; new models for meeting priority needs; and innovation. We really think the moment has arrived for this type of community focused thinking and there were a ton of ideas shared on the day.


As per previous conference specials, the result a series of mini-interviews with some of the key speakers of the day and provides a great summary of wide range of topics discussed, including the impressive benefits of mutuals and co-operatives as deliverers of public services, and values driven approaches to AI. So quite a mix!


Interviewees include:

- Cllr. Louise Gittins, CCIN Chair and Leader of Cheshire West and Chester Council - Scott Darraugh, Chief Executive, Social adVentures - Jeff Scales, Head of Services, Locality - David Hepworth, Digital Transformation Partner, Newcastle City Council - Rob Gregory, Assistant Director Digital Transformation, Wigan - Nicola Huckerby, CCIN Operations Lead and conference organiser - And “Pepper” the University of Sunderland welcome robot


Finally, I spent some time discussing the conference with MV colleague John Copps, who was also there.


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