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Northern Futures 
Open Ideas Day 
16th Oct 2014
Contents 
1 What is Northern Futures? 
2 
3 
4 
What happened during Open Ideas Days? 
The ideas generated & tools used 
V...
Northern 
Futures 
What is Northern Futures? 
Northern Futures is an initiative by the Deputy Prime Minister. It has crowd...
Open 
Ideas Day
Open Ideas 
Day 
Overview of the day 
On October 16th 2014, the Policy 
Lab at the Cabinet Office 
coordinated 8 open idea...
Open Ideas 
Day 
Introduction 
The Deputy Prime Minister 
opened the day with a future-focused 
challenge. 
The challenge ...
Open Ideas 
Day 
Participants 
192 people took part 
ranging from young people 
to local leaders and 
business entrepreneu...
Open Ideas 
Day 
Facilitators & hosts 
● Mark Bailey and Joyce Yee at The 
Toffee Factory in Newcastle 
● Claire Coulton a...
Open Ideas 
Day 
How to run an ideas day? 
1. It all starts with a challenge 
2. Get into teams and find out your 
skills ...
What happened 
on the day 
This section highlights ideas that were 
generated across the open ideas days
Ideas generated 
Sheffield 
Key stats 
Attendees: 24 
Venue: Centre for Social Sciences 
Ideas: 
• Really smart cities: cr...
Ideas generated 
Manchester 
Key stats 
Attendees: 26 
Venue: Google 
Ideas: 
• Connect North: an integrated 
transport an...
Ideas generated 
Lancaster 
Key stats 
Attendees: 21 
Venue: Lancaster University 
Ideas: 
● Deciding our Future: 
Constit...
Ideas generated 
Hull 
Key stats 
Attendees: 26 
Venue: Hull History Centre 
● a social network where young 
people can me...
Ideas generated 
Leeds 
Key stats 
Attendees: 19 
Venue: ODI Leeds 
Ideas: 
● LUSH: An open innovation 
platform that allo...
Ideas generated 
York 
Key stats 
Attendees: 27 
Venue: Aviva 
Ideas: 
● Rubic North: harness the power of 
flexible worki...
Ideas generated 
Newcastle 
Key stats 
Attendees: 28 
Venue: The Toffee Factory 
Ideas: 
● Spark in 2020: An Innovation 
H...
Ideas generated 
Liverpool 
Key stats 
Attendees: 21 
Venue: Mann Island 
Ideas: 
• Entrepreneurial Seaturtles: 
returning...
Creative 
tools used 
This section contains a few of the tools and 
techniques that were used
Ice breaker 
Creative tools 
Everyone has an envelope with a 
name badge inside and they have 
to go and find that person ...
Ideas stimuli 
Creative tools 
Use local and national newspapers 
to stimulate discussion about 
current challenges northe...
Studio Design 
Sessions 
Creative tools 
Come up with an idea and do a 
quick 30 second pitch to get 
immediate feedback f...
Personas 
Creative tools 
A great way to really get into the 
shoes of the people you are 
designing for is to imagine who...
World Cafe 
Creative tools 
People sit in groups and generate 
ideas to solve a particular 
problem. One person stays on 
...
Asset mapping 
Creative tools 
This activity involves participants 
in collectively creating and then 
describing a visual...
Want to know more? 
You can read more about it on our Open 
Policymaking blog or see pictures from all 
the venues at our ...
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  1. 1. Northern Futures Open Ideas Day 16th Oct 2014
  2. 2. Contents 1 What is Northern Futures? 2 3 4 What happened during Open Ideas Days? The ideas generated & tools used Vote and comment on your favourite idea on the Northern Futures platform http://northernfutures.dialogue-app.com/join-the- discussion-on-northern-growth
  3. 3. Northern Futures What is Northern Futures? Northern Futures is an initiative by the Deputy Prime Minister. It has crowdsourced ideas from the public at http://northernfutures.dialogue-app.com/join-the-discussion-on- northern-growth with the question: “How can we build on the strengths in the North to create an economic core in the heart of the region that can compete with the biggest cities in the world”
  4. 4. Open Ideas Day
  5. 5. Open Ideas Day Overview of the day On October 16th 2014, the Policy Lab at the Cabinet Office coordinated 8 open ideas days across the north of England. The all day sessions were held simultaneously in Liverpool, Lancaster, York, Sheffield, Manchester, Newcastle, Leeds and Hull, bringing around 200 people together to share ideas, collaborate, and contribute to the northern futures project.
  6. 6. Open Ideas Day Introduction The Deputy Prime Minister opened the day with a future-focused challenge. The challenge invited participants to focus on the theme of ‘Great North 2030’. The film can be seen here
  7. 7. Open Ideas Day Participants 192 people took part ranging from young people to local leaders and business entrepreneurs. This equates to 1,152 hours of ideas in one day.
  8. 8. Open Ideas Day Facilitators & hosts ● Mark Bailey and Joyce Yee at The Toffee Factory in Newcastle ● Claire Coulton at Imagination Lancaster ● Heather Niven and Ian Graham at Aviva in York ● Dave Briggs at Hull History Centre ● Lucy Kimbell at ODI Leeds in Leeds ● Phillippa Rose at Interdisciplinary Centre of Social Sciences in Sheffield ● Esko Reinikainen and Nicola Wass at 1 Mann Island, hosted by Merseytravel in Liverpool ● Robert Woolf and Kathryn Woolf at Google Manchester.
  9. 9. Open Ideas Day How to run an ideas day? 1. It all starts with a challenge 2. Get into teams and find out your skills 3. Think about the user 4. Get creative 5. Making is really effective 6. Swap and steal 7. When its over, its over 8. Have fun (but with a serious aim) You can watch our introduction video here
  10. 10. What happened on the day This section highlights ideas that were generated across the open ideas days
  11. 11. Ideas generated Sheffield Key stats Attendees: 24 Venue: Centre for Social Sciences Ideas: • Really smart cities: creating green sustainable cities that can act as models across the North • Pop up parliament: a decentralised Parliament that rotates across regional cities • Resilient communities: Investing in self-resilient connected communities to determine the future of the North • #NCUK: Making sure that cities are properly connected through proper infrastructure and devolution • Integrated strategy: A holistic approach, integrating the best of all four ideas above.
  12. 12. Ideas generated Manchester Key stats Attendees: 26 Venue: Google Ideas: • Connect North: an integrated transport and communication plan • Enlightened cities: improving governance & accountability • Retaining young talent in the North: a business and industry led career service and network of employers • Empowering communities and entrepreneurship: a community toolbox to allow people to make real change
  13. 13. Ideas generated Lancaster Key stats Attendees: 21 Venue: Lancaster University Ideas: ● Deciding our Future: Constitutional reform - strong local and regional governance ● Call of the Wild: What is different about 'the north' - how do we harness the local and the 'wild' ● Lets be Onesie with politics: Decentralisation and a less adversarial style of politics ● Reverse the brain drain: How can we ensure that the best and the brightest know that the north can provide them with all of the economic opportunities they require?
  14. 14. Ideas generated Hull Key stats Attendees: 26 Venue: Hull History Centre ● a social network where young people can meet businesses directly, find out what businesses are looking for and market their own skills ● the 4Cs: cooperation, communication, creativity and commerce - invest in high speed transport and internet to create the conditions for business ● collaborate, rather than compete with each other, to develop centres of excellence in different northern cities
  15. 15. Ideas generated Leeds Key stats Attendees: 19 Venue: ODI Leeds Ideas: ● LUSH: An open innovation platform that allows users to design services they need ● Northern Works Hub: Providing job opportunities for NEETs ● Mobile Yorkshire: Improve the transport links throughout the north of England, and create a West Yorkshire Metro ● Maker Library Network: A series of ‘makerspaces’ across the North
  16. 16. Ideas generated York Key stats Attendees: 27 Venue: Aviva Ideas: ● Rubic North: harness the power of flexible working, by using the built resources we already have ● A multi-centered economic hub: improve digital and physical connections between northern cities, by devolving powers and funds to key areas. ● Retain excellent graduate talent: improve links between universities and SMEs, and relax planning laws to create affordable city-centre accommodation.
  17. 17. Ideas generated Newcastle Key stats Attendees: 28 Venue: The Toffee Factory Ideas: ● Spark in 2020: An Innovation Hub to help develop solutions for emerging markets including ageing, sustainability, digital, offshore, life sciences and other areas of strength ● Northern Lights: a business-for-business trust designed to provide financial power to Northern businesses ● Great North Networks: 21st century rail and internet infrastructure ● Schuni: school, businesses and communities focusing on learners
  18. 18. Ideas generated Liverpool Key stats Attendees: 21 Venue: Mann Island Ideas: • Entrepreneurial Seaturtles: returning graduates acting as advocates and support for young people • Magnetic North: a formal body which can sell the north • Live, work and play in the north... one hour travel time between any city in the north • Empower: Creating a citizen-owned energy hub across the region to harness renewable energy
  19. 19. Creative tools used This section contains a few of the tools and techniques that were used
  20. 20. Ice breaker Creative tools Everyone has an envelope with a name badge inside and they have to go and find that person out of all the others in the room – and find out who they are! Manchester
  21. 21. Ideas stimuli Creative tools Use local and national newspapers to stimulate discussion about current challenges northern cities are facing. York
  22. 22. Studio Design Sessions Creative tools Come up with an idea and do a quick 30 second pitch to get immediate feedback from your peers to improve the solution Liverpool
  23. 23. Personas Creative tools A great way to really get into the shoes of the people you are designing for is to imagine who they are, what they do and what else is going on in their life Newcastle
  24. 24. World Cafe Creative tools People sit in groups and generate ideas to solve a particular problem. One person stays on that table, and everyone else moves round every 5 minutes to challenge and build the other ideas. Sheffield
  25. 25. Asset mapping Creative tools This activity involves participants in collectively creating and then describing a visual map of the assets and resources in Leeds and the North. Leeds
  26. 26. Want to know more? You can read more about it on our Open Policymaking blog or see pictures from all the venues at our Flickr account

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