What is The People's Powerhouse all about?
The aim of the People’s Powerhouse is to build a long term movement for change that supports good and inclusive growth in the North, with a particular focus on how people are the key to growth.
We want to include all sectors and sections of the community and this includes harnessing the combined skills and leverage of the public sector, voluntary, community, civic leaders and business.
The idea for the People's Powerhouse was sparked in February 2017 following the Northern Powerhouse Conference in Manchester which was criticised for its lack of female speakers. Explains Project Director Tracy Fishwick: “I saw the tweets about the Northern Powerhouse conference and immediately spotted that there were no women on the panel. But it wasn't just who was there, it was what they were talking about as well as what wasn’t being discussed. The agenda was all about buildings, trains, economic growth - nowhere did it mention anything about people. Our aim is to change that.”
Tracy hopes that the People's Powerhouse events will help shift the debate and deliver a Northern Powerhouse around which a wider coalition of organisations, voices and backgrounds from across the North shape an agenda which works for everyone.
“Our hope is that the People's Powerhouse brings about a step change in the debate; putting people and communities at the heart of Powerhouse plans, not at the periphery. We’re here to support the Powerhouse discussions by talking about people regeneration as well as place regeneration. We definitely need both - they’re not mutually exclusive – but when you do one without the other, it’s a missed opportunity,” says Tracy.