Alice Buszard reflects on the ideas raised at LGIU’s first-ever local government book club meeting, where participants discussed “Invisible Women” by Caroline Criado Perez and considered how the information set out in the book could shape local government policymaking.
LGIU Fortnightly 9th October: Cllr Peymana Assad, Obama Foundation Young Leader
Centralisation/decentralisation: how to measure it?
Stories of Oxford lockdown
Dr Ligia Teixeira, CEO of the Centre for Homelessness Impact, fills us in on their newly launched What Works Community: Local Government initiative, which is recruiting local authorities to join it and focus on evidence-led methods of ending and preventing homelessness.
Nansi Ellis, Assistant General Secretary for education policy and research at National Education Union, fills us in on the four key issues that still need addressing as a priority for the reopening of schools in England.
1 million children returned to school in Ireland this week, with a staggered return across school years as is normally the case for the first week of Irish schools. Though of course, this year was a wholly different environment. LGIU’s Seán Ó’Riordáin explains how Ireland is coping with the reopening of schools.
Melbourne’s Brimbank City Council fills us in on some of the specific challenges the pandemic is presenting the council and how they plan to address and mitigate these challenges through a combination of strategies.
Dr Jenny Peachey, Senior Policy and Development Officer at Carnegie UK Trust, fills us in on ‘Stepping into Leadership’, a new, freely available online course seeking to support individuals in improving their personal leadership skills – noting that leadership is not confined to those at the ‘top’ of organisations.
LGIU’s Kim Fellows recently attended a New Economics Foundation seminar on how to win green recovery. In this blog, she outlines the sentiments of the speakers, which suggest a bolder reshaping of our current political and economic system may be necessary for real change.
Janet Sillett laments a decision apparently taken in haste with no thought to the part that local government plays in public health responsibilities.
As Scottish and Irish schools are consolidating lessons from returning to in-person teaching during a pandemic and English schools prepare to go back, Beth Lerner, an educator in the state school system in Tennessee, shares her experience of teaching in a country with rising Covid-19 cases – both as parent and teacher.
In advance of LGIU’s inaugural book club meeting on 27 August, Kim Fellows weighs in on Invisible Women: Exposing data bias in a world designed for men, and the exclusion of women in designing the environments around us – from PPE not fitting women’s bodies to Alexa not recognising female voices.