To exemplify co-productive design principles means challenging the idea of an ‘end-user’ who receives a final report. It means rethinking what impact looks like and how it can be achieved. Our commitment is to engage decision-makers in a collaborative learning journey through informal spaces for exchange and international networking.  Trans-local learning is an important element in opening up spaces for learning and dissemination often reserved for academics to urban decision-makers . Trans-localism is more than just cities learning from each other across national boundaries. It points to the need for meaningful interactions between networked individuals and groups of similarly thinking people beyond the local. What is at stake is a sense of belonging through shared perspectives and concerns that transcend local boundaries. 

In this blog for our Trans-local Learning mini-series, guests David Rogerson and Nick Fairclough from the Greater Manchester Combined Authority reflect on their experience at the Mistra Urban Futures Annual Conference in Cape Town.

Deliberations about Greater Manchester’s Spatial Framework are entering a new phase under the guidance of Salford City Mayor Paul Dennett. Strategic urban planning might seem like a niche interest, but the use of space in and around the city region affects every citizen’s life.

What would it take for people to live a good life at home for as long as they choose?

This was the central question for The Care at Home Challenge, a citizens’ inquiry coordinated by Shared Future CIC on behalf of the Jam & Justice Action Research Collective.

‘Big Six' energy company price hikes, increasing numbers of people forced into energy poverty, market incumbents resisting change and the collapse of Carillion have all demonstrated the illusion of private sector efficiency and market primacy in the energy system – in fact the system is broken, unable to reform and in need a serious re-think!

Author Bertie Russell, 5th April 2018

A short report on the #CTRLshift2018 summit, held in Wigan on 27-29th March 2018.

Author Professor Beth Perry, 22nd September 2017

Whilst a lot of attention has been paid to the Urban Sustainable Development Goal 11, with its focus on substantive issues such as transport, housing and the built environment, we mustn’t lose sight of the enabling conditions that will enable these targets to be met.


Alex Whinnom is Co-Investigator of Jam and Justice: Co-producing Urban Governance for Social Innovation. He is Chief Executive of the Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation. In this blog, he reflects on the significance of a new Accord signed between the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Greater Manchester voluntary, community and social enterprise (VCSE) sector.


On Friday 13th May 2016 at the Left Bank Cafe, the Jam and Justice team set out their plans for setting up an Action Research Collective in Greater Manchester.


The evening started with some warm-up participatory activities. "Destination Devo" invited people to share their thoughts on where devolution is heading.

Elsewhere it was a 'penny for your thoughts' - power to the people? or let the rulers rule?