UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose


Rebuilding from the bottom up

28 June 2020, 6:30 pm–8:00 pm

Rebuilding from the bottom up

Join the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP) as we discuss the role of civic engagement and regional government in coordinating a just transition and recovery from COVID-19 with leading experts Georgia Gould and Elly Schlein, chaired by Mariana Mazzucato.

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Around the world, governments' responses to the global pandemic have been diverse, reflecting different state capabilities, governance structures and their readiness. While central government responses are critical in securing macroeconomic conditions and jobs through the storm, a variety of approaches at the local and regional levels have also emerged. We have seen different solutions experimented across places in response to both the immediate health crisis and the need for a quick recovery. Municipalities, councils and regional governments play a key role in providing and experimenting tailored policies, rebuilding the socio-economic fabric from the bottom up, and stimulating civic engagement. This talk will engage policy leaders at the forefront of the crisis and discuss how to coordinate multi-level government responses towards a just transition and recovery.

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This event will be live-streamed via Zoom. Please sign up using the link above. 

Please note there are limited virtual seats available for this event. We will also be live-streaming the event on YouTube, so please follow IIPP on Twitter @IIPP_UCL where we will be sharing the YouTube link on the day of the event if you are unable to register for a ticket.

A recording will be available to watch online after the live event.

A global engagement series: Public purpose in the time of COVID-19

Hosted by the UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose (IIPP), this virtual events series will ask the questions: What ​is ‘public purpose’ in the time of a global pandemic? What is the role of the State in shaping a social and economic recovery with a new directionality? Throughout the series, IIPP will be in conversation with leading global thinkers on today’s most pressing challenges, from the macroeconomic policy response to the effectiveness of different public governance solutions and civic engagement experimentation.

This series will also explore how to give public purpose to powerful digital technologies and rebuild more resilient economic systems and institutions, as well as what is needed across emerging economies to avoid spiralling into more debt and inequality.

The current global COVID-19 crisis is a wake-up call for a new public purpose which works for a more inclusive and sustainable global society.

Follow the conversation at #IIPPCOVID19

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About the Speakers

Georgia Gould

Leader and Deputy Leader at Camden London Borough Council and London Councils

Georgia Gould
Georgia Gould was elected a Labour councillor on Camden Council in 2010 at the age of 24, becoming Leader in 2017. She’s made tackling injustice and inequality of wealth, income and influence the focus of the Council’s work. Making citizen power and participation a priority, the Council held the country’s first Climate Emergency Citizens Assembly in 2019, putting restorative, relational and person-centred practice at the heart of social services. The Council is setting up a Renewal Commission (with IIPP) recognising the need for a reset of our socio-economic settlement in the light of Covid-19. Georgia is Deputy Chair of London Councils, Chair of the Central London Forward Employment and Skills Board, co-chair of the Skills for London Taskforce and a member of both the London European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Committee and the London Economic Action Partnership (LEAP) Board. She's also author of Wasted: How Misunderstanding Young Britain Threatens Our Future. @Georgia_Gould | More about Georgia Gould

Elly Schlein

Vice President at Emilia-Romagna

Elly Schlein
Elly Schlein has been hailed as a rising star of the Italian left. She was recently appointed Vice President of Emilia-Romagna by President Stefano Bonaccini, having played a major role in mobilising against the far-right push in the 2020 regional election. She is working towards the implementation of a “Green New Deal” agenda in Emilia-Romagna. Previously she was a Member of the European Parliament where she served on the Committee on Development (DEVE), the Committee on Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs (LIBE), and the Committee on Women’s Rights and Gender Equality (FEMM). Before entering politics herself, she was involved in both presidential campaigns of Barack Obama. She has had a longstanding interest in issues surrounding migration and worked on the documentary Anija-La Nave (winner of 2013 David di Donatello Award) telling the story of the mass escape of Albanians to Italy in the 1990s. @ellyesse | More about Elly Schlein

Mariana Mazzucato (chair)

Founding Director at UCL Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose

Mariana Mazzucato
Mariana Mazzucato is one of the most significant contemporary economists. She has pioneered new thinking on the public-private relationship and directionality of innovation, leading to policy agendas such as the EU’s mission-oriented agenda for innovative, green and inclusive growth. Her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State (2013) changed the debate on the role of the public sector by highlighting its historical importance in transformative innovations. In The Value of Everything (2018), she developed these arguments to bring value theory back into focus so that we can reward value creation not value extraction. Mariana advises local, regional and national governments and international organisations across the world, including in their responses to COVID-19. In recognition of her academic contribution, she received the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. @MazzucatoM | More about Mariana Mazzucato (chair)