Informal power: the opportunities and risks in using the personal touch to bring about city change

11 December 2017, 5.30 PM - 11 December 2017, 7.00 PM

Chaired by Robin Hambleton, our panel includes Sarah Ayres (University of Bristol), Ciaran Mundy (Bristol Pound), Bristol City Council (tbc) and Sharon Woma (entrepreneur and business mentor)

Watershed, 1 Canon's Road, Bristol, BS1 5TX

Personal relationships and social networks are an inevitable feature of city leadership. ‘Informal governance’ describes the connectivity that goes on in cities that is undocumented but can have an important role in shaping the city’s future and developing new ideas. This session introduces the findings of a collaboration between the University of Bristol and Bristol Pound into the use of informality and how informal approaches at a city level can extend influence, support innovation and ultimately inform policy. Speakers will reflect on how these informal methods function and their impact on effectiveness, inclusion and democracy in city leadership: how it might be used to good effect and the potential pitfalls of using informal relationships to exert influence; before inviting audience questions and discussion.

This event is free to attend and open to all but you must register for a ticket via Eventbrite.

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