The term 'levelling up' will be more familiar in gaming culture than in politics but it became a core part of political speech and decision-making in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. You might know what it means in a game, but what does it mean for the UK?
With no solid definition, 'levelling up' could mean something different to everyone, and with no official 'levelling up' dataset to work from, there isn't a way to currently track progress or keep things accountable. The RSS along with Open Innovations (formerly ODI Leeds) will be leading a project to explore 'levelling up' from a Northern perspective, by working in the open, inviting discussion and suggestions, and developing a prototype visualisation with open data at its foundation.
More information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/levelling-up-with-open-data-tickets-198796023257
For the event there will be talks in the morning followed by live Q&A with speakers including:
- Andy Haldane, Permanent Secretary to the Levelling Up Taskforce
- Neil O'Brian, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State TBC
- Jodie Levy, Head of Regional Tech Policy Department for Digital, Culture , Media & Sports
- Stian Westlake, CEO, Royal Statistical Society
- Tom Bridges, Leeds Office Leader, Director Cities Advisory, Arup
- Tera Allas, McKinsey
- Nancy Hey, Executive Director, What Works Centre for Wellbeing
- Paul Swinney, Director of Policy and Research, Centre for Cities
- Alan Reiss, Director of Strategy, Communications and Policing, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Royal Statistical Society and Open Innovations