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Break out URBACT conference
We are back after an intensive three day meetup with the URBACT family; a network of 700 cities all working with an ambition to build success in their cities through sharing good practice and learning from each other.
City of York won the opportunity to lead on 'GeniUS! Open', a project to share our GeniUS! York approach of harnessing the creativity and imagination of everyone around us, to co-develop future improvements to our city.  This was as a result of the proactive-ness of Ian Graham, Head of Innovation at the City of York Council and council lead on the Innovate York programme, (the... Read more
TV Facilities at Heslington Studios in York
This month we have fulfilled a long-held ambition to have a local TV channel for York. In these days of new media and on demand content of every kind streamed direct to devices on the move, why would we want to have a television channel? We asked York residents this question 2 years ago when we first looked at the opportunity and discovered that there is a real appetite for scheduled local content and a way of really connecting with local news, events and stories.
One&Other, those pioneers of new local media are the obvious partners for The York Channel, and with thousands of students... Read more
A still image from the Tuning Into Dementia film
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By Brendan Tannam
Let’s start with some sobering thoughts and statistics. I realise this is not an ideal way to entice people to read on but when it comes to a topic like dementia the scale of the problem is a harsh reality that we have to face. Bear with me though as this is also a heart-warming story of a brilliant local project that is greatly contributing to making York a more dementia friendly place.
The truth is dementia is one of the greatest crises in our society that is only getting worse as the UK’s ageing population continues to grow. Currently 800,000 people are living with a diagnosis of the... Read more
Innovation Made Real delegates
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By Brendan Tannam
On Tuesday 5th of November Innovation Made Real took place at City of York Council West Offices. The event took place across the council's West Offices and the depot at Hazel Court.
So what was Innovation Made Real all about? It was a day long event which combined inspirational innovation speakers with facilitated workshops. There were over 60 Council staff in attendance from the Extended Council Leadership Group which is made up of senior managers from across the Directorates.
The three key messages that we wanted to permeate the morning were:

Innovation is accessible for everyone;

The... Read more
The University of York's Ron Cooke Hub and York St John University's De Grey Court
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By Nicola Spence
Universities should play a bigger role in driving growth and should be more accessible to smaller businesses, according to a government-commissioned review by Sir Andrew Witty which reported last week. Sir Andrew, chief executive of GlaxoSmithKline and Chancellor of the University of Nottingham, believes that universities are essential to driving economic growth, but that there is scope for them to play a bigger role. In particular, universities and their research base should be at the heart of local growth strategies, building on areas of existing local strength.
He likens Universities... Read more