Building an Inclusive Economy: Co-creation and Community-led Innovation

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Leeds Beckett University

Acre Room, James Graham Building




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We invite civil society, public sector, education providers, funders, social/community innovators, and think tanks to join us for a panel discussion to launch a process to co-create a new degree in education, childhood and inclusive social innovation at the Carnegie School of Education (Leeds Beckett University). Note, there are only fifty places available at this event.

The School are collaborating with Doing Social (a social enterprise), to co-create the new degree with external stakeholders and communities. The degree will be available at the School from September 2018.


The new programme will cover content on building an inclusive economy, community-led innovation, design for co-creation, and frugal innovation.

Panel discussion

There will be a panel-led discussion on 'Building an Inclusive Economy: Co-creation and Community-led Innovation', as part of the launch.

To tackle poverty and disadvantage effectively and build an economy and society that is fair and inclusive, where everyone has access to the right opportunities to progress in life, we need to invest in "bottom-up" solutions and innovations - i.e. solutions that are led by and co-created meaningfully with communities and beneficiaries.

Our speakers will discuss why community-led innovation and effective co-creation with communities is important for building an inclusive economy. They will share useful insights and best practices and explore the opportunities and challenges.

Our speakers are:

  • Rob Greenland, Co-founder, Leeds Community Homes. Rob is a social entrepreneur who has worked in social enterprise most of his working life. He will share his ideas on how to engage local people meaningfully in developing and driving solutions such as through 'citizen-led movements' and community share offers. In January 2017, Leeds Community Homes was successful in raising £360,000 through community shares which means they can now build their first 16 permanently-affordable homes in Leeds! Twitter: @TheSocBiz @LeedsCommHomes #PeoplePoweredHomes
  • Neil McInroy, Chief Executive, Centre for Local Economic Strategies. Neil is a leading commentator on economic development and public policy and has featured in Local Government Chronicle's annual top 50 most influential people in local government. Neil will talk about why neighbourhoods, local economies and bottom-up approaches to social change are critical to building an inclusive economy and society and what this means in practice. Twitter: @nmcinroy @CLEStweet
  • Naomi Mwasambili, Director, Chanua Health. Naomi is a social entrepreneur and trustee of the School for Social Entrepreneurs. She leads a preventative healthcare innovation agency which seeks to solve some of the biggest challenges in mental health and wellbeing. Naomi is undertaking research in mental health and technology for her PhD and will speak about tackling mental health in schools through community-led approaches and engaging young people in developing technology-based solutions through meaningful co-creation processes. Twitter: @SocialNaomi
  • The discussion will be chaired by Professor Damien Page, Dean of the Carnegie School of Education Twitter: @damien_page @EducationLBU

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Launch of co-creation process

This degree will be co-created and co-delivered with non-academics - people and organisations who can bring experience, knowledge and understanding gained from working "in the field", to this programme.

As part of this launch, we will discuss our ambitions for the new degree and the co-creation process, and will outline the opportunities for you to get involved and input into the process.

RSA Citizens' Economic Council - New toolkit promoting economics for all


We will be joined at the event by colleagues from the RSA (Royal Society of Arts) Citizens' Economic Council who will introduce their new toolkit which aims to enable all citizens to engage with economics in ways that work for them. They will bring some hard copies of the toolkit with them for you to take away, but you can also download a copy here. As part of the co-creation process, we will explore if/how we can incorporate some of this into the new degree programme.


The event will take place in the Acre Room, which is in the James Graham Building. Light refreshments will be available from 14.00 and the event will start promptly at 14.30. We plan to end by 17.00.

If you are unable to attend this session but would like to be kept informed as this programme develops, please send an email to: with your name and contact details.

Engage with us on Twitter: @Doing_Social @EducationLBU. The twitter hashtag for this event will be #LBUDS17.


Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

No. Your details will be added to our registration list.

How do I inform you about my access needs?

You will be be asked to provide this information during the booking process. If you have already booked a place but didn't provide this information then, please send us an email with these details.

How can I contact the organiser with any other questions?

Please send an email to

What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

You can download the campus map here.

By car

If you are driving and using a Sat Nav, please use the post code: LS16 5LF. A Pay and Display car park is available which can be accessed from Churchwood Avenue. Parking in this car park is charged at 80p per hour between 7.30 - 16.00 Monday to Friday and is free outside of these hours. Please note there is limited space available so spaces are not guaranteed and many of the surrounding streets require a resident permit to park.

By public transport

If coming by train, Headingley campus is a 20 minute walk from Headingley train station. You can also catch a bus from Leeds centre - 1, 6, or 97 and get off at Otley Road (Ancaster Road stop). From there, it's a short 7-10 minute walk up Churchwood Avenue to the campus which will be on your right.

By taxi

To book a taxi we recommend Amber Cars: 0113 231 1366.

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