The Power of Place
With Emily Sun, Jo Blundell and John Hitchin.
Tamarack Institute

Date: Wednesday 9th June 2021

Time 18:00 – 19:00 GMT

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In this webinar, Liz Weaver of the Tamarack Institute talks with John Hitchin, and Emily Sun and Jo Blundell of Project Place about the resurging importance of place in the United Kingdom.

‘Place-based’ working has defined most of Renaisi’s 22 years. Recently there is a growing acknowledgment in the UK that certain tough social problems can only truly be tackled through communities in a way that builds ownership, understanding, and a legacy of change. Common threads of this can be seen in the work of organisations like New Local, the Better Way Network, the Human Learning Systems collaborative and many others.

This webinar will explore how place-based change has the potential to solve some of the most challenging problems currently facing Canada and the UK. You will learn more about the Project Place research findings and hear how people and place are pivotal to community vitality and economic inclusion.

All registrants will receive a full recording of the webinar, a copy of the slides, and a collection of links and resources.


Emily Sun

Emily consults to organisations in the health, education and social sectors, that are interested in building cultures and teams where collaboration, learning and innovation can flourish. She is particularly interested in organisations that are focused on community based, multi-stakeholder approaches that address complex, systemic issues and opportunities. Emily has been with Project Place in the UK since 2019, a collaboration building a centre of learning for place-based work across the UK.

Jo Blundell

Jo has a background in UK public sector service and has a deep interest in designing and delivering transformation through collaboration and through engagement with people with lived experience and citizens. She is a service designer and works as part of a network of people and organisations, including Collaborate CIC, the Design Council, Government Outcomes Lab and Project Place. She is a Fellow of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University and co-authored ‘Are we Rallying Together. Collaboration and public sector reform’ with colleagues from the Government Outcomes Lab.

Liz Weaver

Liz Weaver is the Co-CEO of Tamarack Institute and leading the Tamarack Learning Centre. The Tamarack Learning Centre advances community change efforts by focusing on five strategic areas including collective impact, collaborative leadership, community engagement, community innovation and evaluating community impact. Liz is well-known for her thought leadership on collective impact and is the author of several popular and academic papers on the topic. She is a co-catalyst partner with the Collective Impact Forum.

Louise Kavanagh, Communications Consultant