Innovation Exchange Programme

Organising for Change

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The days when councils could do everything are long gone. Rapidly rising financial and demand pressures mean working in a very different way from the conventional top down service-provider model. Increasingly, councils are exploring how they can act as catalysts for change – inspiring and supporting residents, partners and community groups to do things for themselves, and in collaboration, rather than expect the council to do it all. It’s an approach that can generate impressive outcomes and save money, but it is easier said than done. This Innovation Exchange will explore the organisational culture change, new skills, funding methods and wider techniques required to shift a council towards an approach that is all about acting as a platform and facilitator for others’ initiatives rather than being in the lead.

Suggested attendees: Those with strategic responsibility for community, place, transformation and development.

If you are part of our Network and are interested in attending this Innovation Exchange, please register here.

Participation is exclusive and free to NLGN members.


Unique to the sector, these day-long events are 100% peer led. The confidential and safe environment, expertly facilitated by NLGN staff, encourages senior officers from across the country to candidly and constructively explore the challenges they face. Participants return to their council with fresh ideas, useful contacts and a deeper understanding of the issues for which they have responsibility.

“Do not miss an NLGN Innovation Exchange – I came back to my council with fresh insights, practical ideas for implementation and a brand new network of people in exactly the same boat as me” Joanna Ruffle, Director of Transformation, Southend Council


In keeping with government guidelines on COVID-19 we are moving all Innovation Exchanges to online platforms for the foreseeable future for the health and safety of our members, partners and staff.

We are working with our partners to deliver the same peer-led, intense and in-depth learning experience straight to wherever you are.

If you would like to find out more, please contact Francesca at fbesana@nlgn.org.uk