What type of innovation and investment do we need for our future? This is the key question which the Innovation Study Group will try to address. Our study group participants includes community activists, business sector, public sector representatives and the wider community. Derry/Londonderry has the highest levels of unemployment, child poverty, and deprivation. We are at a point of opportunity with the upcoming new Programme for Government which will hopefully make up for the historic lack of investment in the North West. But what will this look like? We need to bring about change for the area and hope for the people who live in the North West. We need to invest in ourselves and reinforce the belief that the only people who will change this place are from this place! It is with this spirit that we wish to engage people to realise a reimagined future for the North West region.
The following includes some of our Citizen Reports on the Investment & Innovation theme:
More posts to follow shortly!
The Investment & Innovation Study Group met between May – September 2016. Study Group participants included representatives from Derry City & Strabane District Council, Dog Ears, Innovation NI, the Young Foundation, Greater Shantallow Area Partnership, the Nerve Centre and Enterprise NW.
One of the main outcomes from the Study Group process was a piece of research conducted by Phil Wood, author of the Intercultural City and expert at city transformation. We commissioned Phil to carry out research into international examples of other cities that have successfully changed the narrative and perception of their city. To read the research report click below:
Other points of action included:
> To work on developing a new narrative for the North West along the lines of the ‘I Amsterdam’ model which could involve re-invigorating the Legenderry Campaign – ‘We are Legenderry’.
> Questions around ‘what makes Derry/Londonderry Legenderry’ to become part of the focus for the engagement/pop-up discussion sessions of the project.
> Gather evidence of interest and support for the ‘We are Legenderry’ movement.
Holywell Trust project staff engaged with around 100 people on the investment and innovation theme. We utilised public space e.g. the Guildhall Square, Market Street (between Foyleside and Richmond Centre) and availed of opportunities to talk to attendees at events taking place within the HOLYWELL building. Where possible we recorded our conversations with the public, some of which will be available to listen to. Watch this space!
The focus for our conversations included:
> What do you love about Derry~Londonderry? Name your top three things!
> What is your dream for Derry~Londonderry?
> What needs to happen to make these changes?
> What types of jobs or industries do you think will help to make this happen?
> Are you up for invigorating the ‘We Are Legenderry’ Campaign from the City of Culture year?