Over the last year, we’ve learned so much from producing the Global Local pandemic bulletin. Solutions can be found by sharing problems. Inspiration from best practices can lead to local innovation. Celebrating successes from elsewhere can keep us motivated in our own communities. From its early inception when we were all still grappling with what lockdown really meant, to dealing with the impact of Covid on trust, elections and communications to looking toward recovery and building on the lessons of resilience.
We know the pandemic isn’t over and recovery is a long road. LGIU will continue to cover important Covid-19 developments. But we want to shift our focus to sharing innovation and information that supports sustainable, successful communities around the globe in a style that’s practical enough to drive inspiration and implementation.
That’s why we’re phasing out our pandemic bulletin and trying out a new Global Local newsletter. The Global Local Recap starts 27 July. There will be a fresh focus on the ‘now normal’ and how local governments around the world are working with their communities to build better, more sustainable places. We will showcase innovative local responses to pressing global issues each week, plus the latest insights from LGIU’s team and members worldwide.
How to get it
The Global Local Recap is free for anyone – just sign up. For those already signed up to the pandemic bulletin, you’ll receive it automatically. For everyone else, signing up is simple. If you’ve never signed up with us before, or you’re not sure if you have, register here – and choose the Global Insight package. If you are registered on the website, go back to check your preferences and make sure you’ve chosen the Global Local Recap.
How to shape it to your needs
The Global Local Recap will be driven by your information needs. We want your ideas of themes to cover each week and – if you’re willing – detailed feedback. We also want to share your stories of innovation and challenge. You can share ideas here and we’ll offer an opportunity to feedback each week.
Each week’s newsletter will explore a common theme faced in communities everywhere. Our first ever edition will focus on community gardens and food security. Community gardens have emerged as a popular way of addressing some of the opportunities and challenges presented by the pandemic. Community gardens seek to continue the spirit of togetherness felt by many at the height of the crisis and offer new ways of connecting with nature in urban centres. New spaces for urban agriculture are also being trialled across the globe as a partial solution for rising food access inequities, as a way of engaging people struggling with money or work and as a sustainable response to surging climate threats.
We have stories from Cincinnati to South Africa and Angus to Western Australia, but all share a common thread of local governments and organisations looking at ways to connect communities, support individuals’ important connections with nature and looking at ways that people can access fresh, healthy food that nurtures body and soul. Sign up now to get our first weekly edition.