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?

In June 2015 the interim mayor of Greater Manchester, Tony Lloyd made the following statement:

“For too long people in Greater Manchester have felt disengaged from politics and politicians. Politics is often seen as something that happens down in London with no relevance to us here. The devolution agenda changes all that. Real power is being repatriated from Whitehall to the streets of Greater Manchester. That gives everyone a stake.