Whenever possible, we want the work we do to stimulate discussion in Sheffield. Rather than keep conversations behind closed doors or in dry meeting minutes, if there's a subject that needs to be aired more widely we'll publish something to get the debate started. To start with, this will probably take the form of either a Sheffield Executive Board discussion paper, or a Director's View comment piece. We'll also publish one-off reports into issues of interest.
As part of the Postgraduate Advantage Scheme, Natalie James spent four months interning with us earlier this year. Her brief was to analyse activity within Sheffield, including the work of the Our Fair City Campaign, which are aimed at tackling inequalities and offer suggestions to enhance and develop the city’s abilities to work to eradicate inequalities and promote fairness. Her report can be downloaded here: What can Sheffield do differently to address its inequalities?
We've published a report on plans for economic growth in Sheffield City Region, looking at whether these give sufficient scope to allow women to contribute and take part in the economic development of the Region. It makes 10 recommendations for the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership to consider; you can download the report here.
Sheffield Executive Board meets monthly to discuss and develop a shared city view on the major issues facing Sheffield. However these discussions shouldn't be the end of the matter, and the Board wants the people of Sheffield to get involved in these conversations too. To this end each meeting will result in a discussion paper on one of the topics raised, setting out what the Board sees as the key opportunities and challenges. Follow this link to read the most recent of these, looking at Leadership, Governance & Devolution.
SEB's previous discussion papers can also be downloaded, looking at New Ways of Working, the future of Sheffield City Centre, the sustainable future of Sheffield, Sheffield's cultural strategy and Sheffield's Children & Young People.
Our director and members of Sheffield Executive Board are contributing to a blog, giving their perspectives on some of the issues discussed at Board meetings and both looking at the challenges facing our city and celebrating the things that are great about it. You can find the blog here.
You can also find us on Twitter, using @SheffieldFirst, and any comments or thoughts are welcome at firstname.lastname@example.org.