Essex Ideas Forum




How policymakers can use the power of social networks to change the world

The University of Essex and the Public Service Reform Unit (PSRU) are hosting an informal discussion for policy makers and commissioners across the public sector in Essex on Tuesday 25 November. The session will take place at the Saracens Head Hotel, Chelmsford and starts at 6pm.

At the inaugural session on November 25 we will hear from three experts in this field followed by an open discussion about the potential applications and implications of this approach:

  • Jules Pretty - Professor of Environment and Society and Deputy Vice Chancellor, University of Essex
  • Rowan Conway, Director of Connected Communities, the Royal Society of Arts (RSA)
  • Nicola Bacon, Co-Founder and Director, Social Life

The idea of the event is to bring together academic insight from the University of Essex and other experts, with practitioners from a range of public services to explore the application of particular policy approaches to real problems. The focus of the first session is on social network analysis and the application of network-level interventions to achieve real change.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 18:00