Northern Futures Campaign
The Cabinet Office Youth Policy team and the office of the Deputy Prime Minister would like to invite you to get involved in the Deputy Prime Minister’s new initiative called Northern Futures. The project aims to facilitate an open conversation about economic growth in the North by inviting both experts and members of the public to share their ideas on challenges and solutions. A major part of this will be listening to views of young people and about what they want to see to make the North of England’s economy rival cities and regions around the world.
This is an outstanding opportunity to involve young people you work with in a high profile policy debate. Please see below a summary of the initiative and information about how to get involved.
We’re structuring the debate around a single question posed by the Deputy Prime Minister:
How do we build on the strengths in the North to create an economic core in the heart of the region that can compete with the biggest cities in the world?
The Northern Futures website has been set up (http://northernfutures.dialogue-app.com) so people can share and discuss their ideas online. All they need to do is register on the site and they will immediately be able to join the debate. Anyone who does not want to share their ideas on the website can email the project team directly (firstname.lastname@example.org) or make contact via twitter (@North_Futures).
The Deputy Prime Minister and his staff will also be visiting towns and cities across the North to give experts and non-experts alternative ways to engage in the debate.
The process will conclude with a Northern Futures Summit, scheduled to take place in Leeds on 6 November, where we’ll bring the conversation together and agree a way forward. The Centre for Cities is convening the event on behalf of the Deputy Prime Minister.
The benefits of taking part
The benefits to you from taking part in the initiative are three-fold:
1) Opportunities for young people: this is an opportunity for young people to pitch their ideas and engage in a real life policy making process, as well as getting the chance of meeting the Deputy Prime Minister to explain their ideas and pitch to an audience of 300 people at the Northern Futures Summit
2) Influencing: Your organisation will also get the opportunity to pitch any ideas either about youth policy or northern futures directly to the Deputy Prime Minister’s staff
3) Publicity: If you choose to get involved, your organisation will be publicised on both the Northern Futures and the Deputy Prime Minister Office website, as well as via Twitter.
How you can get involved
We’d like you to take part in a series of activities over the coming two months that culminates in a summit on 6 November:
w/c 8 Sep 2014 Young People’s Week
We would like you to encourage young people across the North to get involved with the debate via Twitter, email and the Northern Futures website
16 Oct 2014 Policy Lab Open Ideas Day
We would like you to put forward young people to attend Open Ideas Day across 7 locations in the North, where up to five young people at each location will get a chance to discuss their ideas in a real life policy making process
6th Nov 2014 Northern Futures Summit in Leeds
We want those young people with the best Northern Futures ideas to pitch their ideas at our summit on 6 November. In addition, we want to make space for at least 50 young people to attend the summit as delegates
We would also welcome other ideas you have for engaging young people in the debate.
If anyone is interested in taking part in this fantastic initiative, please let Audrey know by 12 noon on Wednesday 3 September. We then want to work with you to make the week commencing 8 September a ‘Young People’s week to get young people fully involved in the debate.