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DIGITAL POLICY CONFLAB #3
'Building a Digital Coalition'

We’re very pleased to announce the third ‘Digital Policy Conflab’ which will take place in the Creative Lounge at The Workstation on Thursday the 21st September, from 6pm till around 8.

Digital Policy Conflabs are our way of inviting the local digital tech community to engage with and feed into local digital policy initiatives. We are running this conflab in conjunction with Sheffield City Council and their economic development arm Creative Sheffield, and the topic for debate is “Building a Digital Coalition”.

We at Sheffield Digital, along with other city leaders, have been in conversation with Sheffield City Council for several months over the Summer, discussing how the city might best bring people and organisations together to determine Sheffield’s digital agenda and push it forwards. We strongly feel that a strategy or action plan isn’t enough, and that the city needs a process whereby people can find out what’s going on and contribute on an ongoing basis. We have jointly sketched out an initial framework for such a ‘Digital Coalition’, covering areas of need, how it could be organised and how it might communicate, both amongst active stakeholders and with the general public.

This activity is predicated on the following premises:

There is a strong ambition for Sheffield to be a leading Digital City which supports individuals and business to thrive in the Information Economy.

BUT, there is no agreed narrative about what this means, what Sheffield’s focus in the Information Economy is, nor is there clear city leadership (that’s not just the Council) on this.

HOWEVER, there is a thriving digital community in Sheffield doing awesome things across the creative sector, digital skills and inclusion, and a huge will to make the ambition real.

THEREFORE, we need to get some coordinated focus on amplifying the digital activity already happening in Sheffield so we can move the city off the cusp of a digital boom into the middle of one.

This conflab is an opportunity to learn more about this framework, ask questions and shape it - it won’t be the only opportunity, but it is an important one.

We will be publishing the framework sketch before the event, and will also circulate a short briefing paper to provide background information and frame the discussion a few days before the event itself, so everyone who attends will be up to speed and be able to more effectively feed into the debate.

As stated, this is an open meeting, and all are welcome.

All points of view will be respected.
The meeting will be conducted under Chatham House rules.
This is an informal event and will not be officially minuted.

Food and drinks will be provided.

The meeting is free to attend, but please register your interest so we have an idea of likely numbers.

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