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Regeneration for Scotland’s Future: European Perspectives webinars


Shared Intelligence has been successful in a bid to the Scottish Government’s Learning Network Challenge Fund for a series of online seminars for professionals working in housing and regeneration in Scotland to exchange policy ideas and practice with expert European peers.

Overall objective

To engage professionals working in regeneration, planning and housing on topical and interesting themes that tap into the debate about the future of policy in Scotland and, in particular, the ideas and learning from other countries that can be used to support policy making.

About the webinars

We are planning to hold 3 free web-based seminars or webinars in July, August and September 2013, each of which will aim to engage between around 8 professionals from Scotland. The seminars will be facilitated by John Houghton (Shared Intelligence) and Sarah Longlands (PhD student, University of Glasgow) and last for approximately 60minutes. Now is a particularly interesting time to discuss these issues given the continuing challenge to manage public expenditure, and the on-going debate on Scottish Independence in 2014.

Each regeneration webinar will address one of three key themes

1 17 July at 12:00 (UK time) – Creating the Emerald green age of Cities in Scotland

This is how Ed Glaesar describes the opportunity to create cities which respond to the environmental challenges of our times. Taking up his challenge, we will explore what creative and effective ideas for environmental design, transport and infrastructure we want to see in Scottish cities during the next decade and how we can draw inspiration and learning from other parts of Europe. This session will discuss case studies from Europe including the work that has been done in Frieburg to create a new community.

Speaker: Andrea Philipp from Aiforia, based in Frieburg, Germany.


2 15 August at 12:00 (UK time) – Developing Sustainable communities in an age of austerity

At a time when public resources are tight, this session provides an opportunity to get a perspective on the austerity challenge facing practitioners across Europe. The session will hear about how austerity is impacting on local government in Denmark including the challenges of working in the Eurozone. We will explore some practical tools that may help organisations to decide upon funding priorities in a context of reduced funding.

Speaker: Jacob Nielsen from the Centre for Cities and Creativity, based in Copenhagen, Denmark


3 12 September 12:00 (UK time) – Using culture to drive regeneration

Please note the date for this event is still to be confirmed.

The Commonwealth Games is coming to Glasgow in 2014. This will be one of many in a series of high profile events coming to Scottish Cities in the next few years. How can these events be used to target the key challenges that cities face, particularly inequality, unemployment and economic growth?

Webinar format

Each webinar will feature a brief 10-15 minute presentation from an international practitioner, followed by an opportunity for questions and discussion. After each webinar, a learning paper will be produced which will summarise the main discussion points from the webinar. This will allow the ideas and discussion to be circulated more widely within the policy community.

Information before and after the webinar

Once participants have booked on to the webinar, they will receive a copy of an issues and ideas paper for the webinar. This short briefing paper will contain background information about the seminar including links to the examples that the international practitioners will discuss during their presentation. It will also provide an overview of the key issues and questions to be discussed during the webinar. Participants will be expected to read over the issues and ideas paper in advance and come prepared to discuss their own work and its relevance to the webinar.

WebEx -Webinar technology

The webinars will be conducted by using WebEx technology. This software allows us to facilitate a video seminar where participants can join via phone following an email invitation. This software enables participants to view online presentations, background materials and interact with other participants, just like a real conference. If you have a web camera, you can also choose to talk face to face.

Opportunities for practitioners

Listen to presentations on how our European neighbours are dealing with the challenge of the Eurozone crisis, sustainable communities and housing;

Discuss and debate some of the key issues in current Scottish Policy making;

Enhance your network and build new relationship within Scotland and Europe;

Accessible via phone and internet, providing a cost effective solution for knowledge development and information exchange.

For more information or to book your place call +44 (0)20 7756 7627 or email

Twitter: @metlines @sarahlonglands #regenwebinars

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