The People ARE
the North
This event IS the North!

Please join in and offer up an idea

We’re looking for content from 7 minutes to one hour workshop to existing videos for our content hub.  Our aim is to showcase inspiring work, ideas and real action in the North.  This is for all sections of the community including local people, voluntary, community, the public sector, civic leaders and businesses – small and large.

Confirmed Contributors, speakers, facilitators:

  • Nazir Afzal OBE (former chief prosecutor and campaigner), 
  • Jamie Driscoll (Mayor of North of Tyne)
  • Professor Donna Hall CBE (Chair of Bolton NHS Trust and The New Local Government Network)
  • Neil McInroy (CEO, CLES)
  • Sarah Longlands (Director IPPR North)
  • Ed Cox (Chair Involve and Levenshulme Inspire)
  • Edna Robinson, Chair, People’s Powerhouse and Big Life Group

Media Partner:


Collaborate. Debate.
Network. Share. Inspire!


This is the North

24th and 25th  November 2020, FREE Online 

10am – 4.00pm plus children’s workshops
and youth takeover

Together we can inspire and lead change in the North.  Our mission is to create a place where you can work together on one day, whether you are a community group, young person, practitioner, policy maker, opinion former, business or politician. YOU ARE the North!

By sharing platforms with each other, having a collaborative, diverse, inclusive sessions we will better understand the issues that affect us all and find new solutions that work for more people. 

Your offer to take part

Your contribution can be:

  • Something you are doing, which is already working brilliantly, and more people need to know about it
  • A new and untested idea or ‘hunch’, a theory or provocation
  • Good practice you can share for others to learn from
  • Something you’ve done that others can replicate or with help, which could be scaled to have more impact in Northern communities
  • An idea you are trialling

PLEASE NOTE: If you are submitting an idea, you will need to have access to a Zoom account and a stable WiFi signal to enable live streaming

Closing date is Midday Monday 26 October 2020.

We are looking for 3 types of contributions. You choose:

Firstly, you might decide to talk from a soapbox for 7 minutes about something you are doing, something you want to challenge, or an idea you need support with.  Just give it a go!

Secondly, you might decide you/with colleagues would like to run a more in-depth, hour-long interactive workshop. We would prefer these to be more discussion-based and less ‘chalk and talk’

Thirdly, you might have something we can include in our online interactive People’s Powerhouse content hub. This could be a poem, piece of spoken word, song, podcast, interactive theatre experience and more. Share your ideas with us.

  • Please select the Charter theme your contribution will best fit in to and whether you want to run a longer workshop (with partners for example) or deliver a 7-minute Inspiration:

We know your work may overlap in multiple areas.  Don’t worry, choose the most relevant box to help us manage the ideas coming through.  You can read more about the Charter here.

We especially welcome presentations that are interactive and don’t require IT support.

Our address

The People's Powerhouse

Federation House
2 Federation Street
Manchester  M4 4BF

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