Smart-wise-Local 3.0

Date: Friday 25th June:  (note – date changed from 30 April)

  • 1300-1430: (main program) introduction:  panel contributions:  round table discussion
  • 1430-1530: hands-on interactive workshop – (for interested co-authors)

Link: tbc

Who is it for: Smart-wise’ researchers & policy innovators

In collaboration: – Manchester City Council

Panel: (to be invited ):  James Evans, MUI:  Patrick Hanfling, Manchester City Council: Karel Williams AMBS (foundational economy unit): Beth Perry, Univ Sheffield: Lucy Bullivant, Urbanista:  Anne-Marie McMahon, Commonplace:  Bahanur Nasya, Vienna Eutropian:  Meia Wippoo, WAAG: Jonas Bylund, JPI Urban Europe:  

Many voted to ‘take back control’ – but what is this control, and where is it taken?   If ‘local’ is the priority, what does this mean in an age of global networks and mobilities?  This session follows on the ‘Local-co-gov’ workshop in 2020: and the challenges raised on scale, complexity, exclusion, controversy and alternative truths.  Here the focus is on the ‘smart-wise’ governance – a very practical agenda on how technology can enable (or possibly disable) the ‘collective local intelligence’.

So we first explore some huge but practical questions;

  • How would a ‘smart-wise-locality’ Manchester (or other), look and work in 2050?
  • What are the possible implications of the pandemic & what can we learn?
  • How to design ‘smarter’ socio-technical systems to avoid inequality etc, and enable ‘wiser’ forms of local community development & empowerment?

This session brings together leading thinkers & doers on smart-wise governance. The practical contribution comes from current local experiments in Manchester and around the EU.



2D Workspace: – smart-wise  (tbc)

3D Gallery: (work in progress)