Seminar series aims to ‘empower’ Liverpool city centre residents

Social enterprise Engage Liverpool CIC is launching a series of seminars which aim to “empower” city centre and waterfront residents in the city.

The programme of inspirational talks from national and European leaders is designed to encourage locals to interact with their neighbours and participate the decisions which affect their lives.

The ‘Reclaiming the City’ series of talks consists of three seminars – ‘From Consumer to Citizen’, ‘From Stranger to Neighbour’ and ‘From Consultation to Collaboration’.

Gerry Proctor (pictured below), chair of Engage Liverpool CIC, says: “Reclaiming the City is a forthright challenge to ‘take back the city’ from values and ideas that undermine the well-being and health of the city centre residential population.

Gerry Proctor of Engage Liverpool CIC

Gerry Proctor of Engage Liverpool CIC

“City centre residents have been defined for too long simply as consumers rather than citizens. Apartment design also means we are designing-in isolation and loneliness creating strangers rather than neighbours. We want to change that. And Engage knows only too well that participatory democracy has to be fought for and so we want a shift from consultation to collaboration.”

‘From Consumer to Citizen’ will kick off the programme on Wednesday 5 October at the Doubletree by Hilton hotel from 5.30pm with a talk from New Citizenship Project founder Jon Alexander, backed up by a local panel comprising Councillor Lynnie Hinnigan, mayoral lead for youth and engagement, Clare Owen of Squash Nutrition, Dr Alan Southern, co-director of Heseltine Institute for Public Policy and Practice and a senior lecturer at The University of Liverpool Management School.

This event will be followed by ‘From Stranger to Neighbour’ at the Aloft Hotel on 19 October, which will be headlined by European Neighbours Day founder Atanase Perifan, backed by a panel of locals.

‘From Consultation to Collaboration’, headed up by Dr Christian Iaione, associate professor of public law at Guglielmo Marconi University of Rome, will round off the series on 2 November, taking place at the Leggate Theatre in the University of Liverpool’s Victoria Gallery & Museum.

Full details of the talks and booking information can be found at

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