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The Southern Initiative takes part in co-production seminar

Published: 16 March 2017
Alastair Child and colleague Jane Strange

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The Southern Initiative is taking part in a co-production seminar.

Auckland Council is taking an active role in the ever-increasing global discussion on how co-producing services with the community can help improve public outcomes.

Council's involvement

The Southern Initiative’s Alastair Child will take the stage with two leading global authorities on the subject in a seminar at the Auckland Art Gallery on Monday 20 March. The seminar has been organised by the Australia and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG) to show the benefits of working together.

Alastair is a social intrapreneur at the Auckland Co-Design Lab. The lab is a joint initiative between council and several government agencies and part of The Southern Initiative (TSI) team which is focused on growing community and social innovation in South Auckland.

Alastair has more than a decade of experience in the UK and New Zealand in local government including developing innovation-based approaches to early years and child poverty. He will share his experience of taking a co-design approach to working with passionate South Auckland parents to gain new insights and ideas focused on improving early years outcomes. He will focus on how a whanau-friendly approach provided key pointers about what the journey towards co-production looks and feels like in practice.

Other speakers

Alastair will join Professor Tony Bovaird and Dr Elke Loeffler.

Professor Bovaird is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Birmingham, a Visiting Professor at Meiji University in Tokyo and a member of the Scientific Board of the German University of Public Administration.

Dr Loeffler is the Chief Executive of the non-profit organisation Governance International which helps public service organisations and communities co-produce better outcomes. She is an internationally recognised co-production expert and leads the European, UK and German co-production initiative CitizenPoweredCity.

The value of co-production

Auckland Council Chief Executive Stephen Town says Alastair’s invite to join the highly regarded international speakers shows how significant the lab and TSI’s – and therefore the council’s –contribution is, in a subject rapidly becoming one of the most talked-about ideas in public management around the world.

“The co-design work being done in South Auckland is groundbreaking and producing innovative, interesting and impactful outcomes to the benefit of this city which is something all Aucklanders can be proud of.”

If you are interested in attending this free seminar please register on the ANZOG website.

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