Global Local is a newsletter and information platform sharing local solutions to global challenges.
Global challenges, local solutions
Global Local is an international information service connecting you to global best practice, innovation and expertise on key local government topics. Featuring high-level insights from councils across the globe, Global Local creates a space for shared solutions to help local government deal with today’s most challenging issues.
From urban heat to rural transport, from designing child-friendly spaces to supporting people with dementia and their families, each week at Global Local we explore a new theme in-depth. Our archive of topics lets you search on key issues and you’ll have full access to:
- The past archive of all Global Local newsletters;
- Our global policy briefings;
- Our monthly think tank reviews – highlighting the latest research and thinking from people solving global challenges locally;
- Research from our Local Democracy Research Centre;
- And, opportunities to get involved in practical research and networking events.
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New: Quarterly round-up
This curated edition allows you to revisit your favourite topics from 2022 so far – and gives our new readers a chance to catch up on what they have missed. Read our latest quarterly round-up here.
Global Local: 2021 in Recap
At the end of our first year of Global Local, we recapped the challenges we shared and the lessons highlighted. Read our overview here.
Recent newsletter editions
Our exclusive archive allows you to access the latest editions of Global Local. Check it out here.
Global Local offers a fresh local government perspective on headline issues – providing nuanced context and highlighting practical responses and policy guidance.
Here are a few recent examples.
Pride 🌈 representation during June and beyond
Our recent Pride edition of Global Local put the spotlight on local government’s responsibility to serve LGBTQIA+ communities, through Pride events, representation and so much more.
We chatted with Carl Austin-Behan, LGBTQ+ Adviser to the Greater Manchester Mayor, about organising effective community-led Pride events and we looked to local governments in Sydney, Bangkok, Germany and Spain for innovative ideas and inspiration.
Extreme heat 🔆 emergency & long-term strategies
We recently focused on the topic of extreme heat, looking at initiatives to mitigate the impact in the long and short term. This includes an insightful first-person account by Daniella Levine Cava, Mayor of Miami-Dade County – an area which certainly knows a thing or two about heat!
We also look to Toronto, Canada and their deep lake water cooling system and over in Australia where the City of Melbourne is deploying innovative initiatives to ensure its urban forest thrives in the long term.
Housing first? 🏠 Ending rough sleeping
In this edition, we explored initiatives to end rough sleeping, particularly focusing on temporary and permanent housing provisions.
Our featured piece considered the pros and cons of tiny houses, asking whether they really are a neat homelessness solution or just a reminder of the problem?
We also looked at how Scotland’s Housing First policy can be utilised by local authorities to combat rising homelessness rates, as well as other initiatives that countries across the globe are implementing in their quest to end homelessness.
Beyond our flagship newsletter, Global Local connects you with an international community of local government innovators through cutting-edge research, panel events, and a comprehensive case study library shaped by our readers.
Find out what we offer here.
Local Democracy Research Centre
LGIU’s Local Democracy Research Centre brings together experts from local government and academia to do practical research on some of the key challenges for local democracy around the world. Find out more here about our current work and how you can take part in future projects.
Global Local Executive Panel Series
We’re working with global partners to bring you regularly scheduled panel events featuring executive speakers from local government around the globe on a range of important issues. Find out how you can get involved or work with us to co-host an event in this series.
Think Tank Review
Our monthly Think Tank Review surveys the freshest insights and outputs from think tanks relevant to local government worldwide. Read our latest edition here.
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