Stronger Things: Unleashing Community Power

Stronger Things

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NLGN and partners are thrilled to invite you to Stronger Things: Unleashing Community Power, our biggest event of 2020, taking place on 12 March at the Guildhall in the heart of the City of London.

On the day of the event a live stream will be available here

Download the event programme here

A year on from the publication of NLGN’s Community Paradigm, Stronger Things is for those who know that the solutions to our most pressing challenges can only be found in our communities. We will host over 400 senior people from across the UK’s public sector, and beyond, to share their successes and challenges of empowering communities. This conference will give you the connections, tools and insights you need to further that vision at your organisation.

So get ready for a day of grappling with challenges and engaging with new ideas alongside some of the most radical thinkers and practitioners in our sector, including: Helen Bevan, Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons; Prof. Donna Hall, Chair, NLGN; Kajal Odedra, Director, UK and Julia Unwin, CBE, Chair, Civil Society Futures Inquiry.


9:30 – Registration & Refreshments

Meet old contacts and make new connections over tea, coffee and pastries.
Location: Livery Hall

10:00 – Welcome
John Barradell, Town Clerk of the City of London Corporation welcomes participants to the beautiful Guildhall, home of the City of London Corporation. Followed by Adam Lent, NLGN’s Director, who sets out a vision for the day.
Location: Old Library

10:15 – Unleashed: Donna Hall
NLGN’s Chair will kick off the day’s spine of ‘Unleashed’ talks. She’ll focus on the context for community power, why we need it and what it can achieve.
Location: Old Library

10:45 – Breakout Sessions: Slot 1
Attend one of nine highly interactive and engaging sessions focussed on specific aspects of the community power. The breakouts you have chosen will be listed on your badge.
Location: Various

11:45 – Unleashed: Helen Bevan

NHS Horizons’s Chief Transformation Officer explores how individuals within a system can change it.
Location: Old Library

12:15 – Lunch
Network with colleagues over a freshly made buffet lunch of salad, sandwiches and cake.
Location: Livery Hall

12:55 – Afternoon Introduction
Adam Lent introduces the afternoon’s programme.
Location: Old Library

13:05 – Unleashed: Julia Unwin

Julia considers how institutions need to do to change for the 21st century.
Location: Old Library

13:35 – Breakout Sessions: Slot 2
The morning’s breakout sessions are repeated, giving you the opportunity to engage with as many topics as possible.
Location: Various

14:35 – Community Power Panel
Vidhya Alakeson, Chief Executive of Power to Change leads discussion with founders of organisations who haven’t waited for power to be handed to them: Nudge Community Builders; Homeless World Cup and The Really NEET Project. Additional insights from FutureGov’s Creative Director.
Location: Old Library

15:20 – Break
Location: Livery Hall

15:40 – Unleashed: Executive Director, UK
Kajal talks about engaging the great British public to bring about real change.
Location: Old Library

16:20 – After Party, sponsored by FutureGov
Join us for themed cocktails and other drinks as we wind down from a day of hard work.
Location: Print Room


Donna Hall
Donna Hall CBE

Chair, NLGN
Helen Bevan
Helen Bevan

Chief Transformation Officer, NHS Horizons
Kajal Odedra
Kajal Odedra

Director, UK
Julian Unwin
Julia Unwin DBE

Chair, Civil Society Futures Inquiry