Residents Encouraged To ‘Reclaim The City’

THIS autumn, Engage Liverpool CIC will present Reclaiming the City: from consumer and stranger to citizen and neighbour – a series of three public discussion events, aimed at empowering Liverpool City Centre and Waterfront residents to create their own future together. Engage, a social enterprise run by volunteers who live in the apartments of the Waterfront and City Centre, will bring three important national and European leaders to Liverpool to inspire people to reclaim the city as a space for real human encounters and to genuinely participate in the decisions that affect their lives. The titles of the seminars – From consumer to citizen, From stranger to neighbour and From consultation to collaboration – reveal how organisers aim to shift how local people perceive their own position in society. The series will open on Wednesday 5 October with an inspirational talk by Jon Alexander from the New Citizenship Project, exploring how to promote the role of the citizen and encourage better participation in society. Jon will be followed by Atanase Perifan the founder of European Neighbours Day, who will share experiences from across Europe of how people can live better together in apartments. Dr Christian Iaione, Professor of Public Law at the Marconi University in Rome, will deliver the final seminar about the new processes that people are using to bring about real change in Bologna and other Italian cities. The speakers will give their perspectives alongside a panel of local politicians, activist and academics, who will help connect the debate to the realities of Liverpool. Gerry Proctor, Chair of Engage Liverpool CIC said “Reclaiming the City is a forthright challenge to ‘take back the city’ from values and ideas that undermine the well-being and health of the city centre residential population.” “City centre residents have been defined for too long simply as consumers rather than citizens. Apartment design also means we are designing-in isolation and loneliness creating strangers rather than neighbours. We want to change that. And Engage knows only too well that participatory democracy has to be fought for and so we want a shift from consultation to collaboration.” Full details and ways to book your place can be found at Reclaiming the City: from consumer to citizen Speaker – Jon Alexander: founder New Citizenship Project Wed Oct 5th 2016 from 5.30pm – 7.30pm Doubletree by Hilton Local Panel: Cllr Lynnie Hinnigan Mayoral Lead for Youth and Engagement, Clare Owen Squash Nutrition, Dr Alan Southern Co-Director Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice and Senior Lecturer in The University of Liverpool Management School Reclaiming the City: from stranger to neighbour Speaker – Atanase Perifan: founder European Neighbours Day Wed Oct 19th 2016 from 5.30pm – 7.30pm Aloft Hotel Local Panel: Cllr Tim Beaumont Mayoral Lead for City Well-being, Dr Emlyn Williams Love Canning Neighbourhood Forum, Prof Rhiannon Corcoran Academic Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice Reclaiming the City: from consultation to collaboration Speaker – Dr Christian Iaione: associate professor of public law at Guglielmo Marconi University of Rome Wed Nov 2nd 2016 from 5.30pm – 7.30pm Leggate Theatre, Victoria Gallery & Museum, University of Liverpool Local Panel: Cllr Alan Dean Chair of Constitutional Issues Committee, Mark Swift CEO Wellbeing Enterprises CIC, Dr Peter North Reader in Alternative Economies, Department of Geography and Planning, University of Liverpool