Future of GM first inter-city visit is a win!

Future of Greater Manchester’s first intercity exchange hosted 37 people – and a dog! – from London Legacy Development Corporation, with insightful hosts, interesting places, intrepid guests and insane mid-April weather. See below for info on LLDC itself, and get in touch if you’d like to take part in a visit there in autumn. We …

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Future of GM launches next phase

Find out what’s in store for 2023 at Future of Greater Manchester: from courses through diversity and alumni networks to intercity exchanges (online and 3D!), there’s lots to get involved with for practitioners in GM – across and beyond the UK. Find out more…

Redefining Community in Manchester

The best way to get your head around a place is to experience it – with that in mind, a key part of Greater Manchester Leaders Plus is field trips (we’ve always been fans). We focus on emerging places, innovative ideas and effective cross-sector partnerships, and trips are set up by the team and by …

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Connecting with Central Manchester

Early in every Leaders Plus course, candidates tour an area in flux, experiencing places with fresh eyes – or ears, noses, pens and lenses – and reporting back. ‘Connecting with Place’ is about expansive thinking and started as a drawing project with artist, teacher and writer Ilga Leimanis before expanding to include photography, interviews and …

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Next stop: Stockport

Want to see recovery in action? Check out Stockport. On a recent visit, we saw loads of support initiatives from repurposed retail to new public space to a pioneering town centre Mayoral Development Corp. The council is working on perception, but there’s real change behind it.

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The Manchester Grand Tour

How much of central Manchester do you attempt with just over two hours and a very knowledgeable group? All of it, of course! We didn’t get everywhere but certainly gave it a shot with this fascinating GM Leaders Plus field trip.

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In praise of the humble field trip

We are drowning in debate over how we should meet for work, if and when people come in at all. Field trips are a great way to surface, and to share learning and power between stakeholders.