What is NLGN? Nine people producing reports and events from an office in London? Fifty organisations trying to improve public services? A unique forum for bringing together public and private sectors?
We’re all those things, but none of them really captures our fundamental mission, which is to bring together the best in our sector to create a brighter future for local government.
At NLGN our job is to help councils, private businesses, third sector organisations and anyone who has an interest in making local public services better and more sustainable to step back from the daily grind and look to the horizon.
The thing that makes us special is our network. We build real, meaningful relationships with our partners because that’s the only way we can deliver work that’s both imaginative and grounded.
Our research always aims to challenge without drifting off into impractical blue skies thinking. Much of our work is moving beyond the classic research and report template towards innovative new participative methodologies that bring the collective brainpower of our membership to bear.
Our deep engagement with the sector is also the source of our authority to challenge national policy. We‘re frequently called on to advise government on everything from city deals to neighbourhood community budgets.
NLGN is the movement for better local government.