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This Is the North Convention 2023

15 September 2023

A Radical North - The People-Powered Future Starts Here

The city of Preston is set to become the epicentre of progressive thought and action as it hosts the 2023 This Is The North Convention. This exciting two-day event will take place on 29 and 30 November across multiple venues, and promises to bring together thought leaders, activists, and change-makers from across the North to discuss, learn, and embolden the power of citizens at a local and regional level.

This Is the North Convention is a platform for individuals and organizations committed to creating positive change in our society. Whether you're passionate about social justice, environmental sustainability, economic reform, or want to explore people-powered solutions to 21st century challenges, this convention is your opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and gain the knowledge and inspiration needed to drive meaningful change.

People's Powerhouse Chair Edna Robinson said: "We're incredibly excited to bring the This Is the North Convention to Preston this November:

"The people of the North will gather to raise their collective voice across this brilliant city to demand a North that is fit for our future.
"Our movement has been building since last year's Convention in Manchester, and we've seen the need for people-powered solutions during the difficult times we've faced across our regions.
"The Convention will be a vibrant day and a half of interactive workshops and activities on everything from community wealth building to racial justice.
"We can't wait to see you!"

Councillor Matthew Brown, Leader of Preston City Council said:

"We are delighted to be chosen to host this year's People's Powerhouse Annual Convention - This is the North 2023. Preston is an amazing city that is experiencing significant growth and change, with some unique and culturally distinctive locations and independently-owned venues.

"It is fitting that our city, often described as 'alternative' in our approaches, will provide the backdrop to this exciting convention that seeks to discuss how people can be at the heart of decision making and economic development. We look forward to hearing who will participate in the event.

"As we embrace change, it is more important than ever that through our Community Wealth Building Agenda, our world-renowned, pioneering 'Preston Model', remains at the heart of everything we do, ensuring we create a resilient and inclusive economy for the benefit of the local area, our businesses and our communities."

Key Convention Highlights

Inspiring Keynote Speakers

Our lineup of speakers from across the North includes leading figures in the fields of racial justice, environmental advocacy, and people-centred economics. They will share their insights and experiences, providing attendees with fresh perspectives and ideas to forge change in their own communities.

Interactive Workshops

Dive deep into the issues that matter most to you through a series of interactive workshops.

Networking Opportunities

Connect with fellow attendees, speakers, and organizations who share your passion for the people of the North having a louder, collective voice. Forge valuable connections and collaborations that can drive change in your area.

Community Engagement

Explore innovative community-led initiatives happening in and around Preston. Learn how local organisations are making a real impact and discover ways to get involved.

Arts and Culture

We are not your typical conference. Arts and culture is embedded in what we do and it will be no different in Preston this year.

Don't miss your chance to be part of this groundbreaking event. Register today and join us in shaping a people-powered future where your voice is heard.

Event details

  • Date: 29 and 30 November 2023
  • Venue: Multiple venues in Preston City Centre
  • How to register: This event has ended
  • Contact: people@peoplespowerhouse.org.uk

About the People's Powerhouse

About the People's Powerhouse: People's Powerhouse aims to bring people together to create a North where everyone's voice is heard on issues that matter to them. Our mission is to create meaningful change by giving a platform to people-centred solutions to contemporary challenges. Through events like our annual This Is the North Convention, we aim to draw attention to and embolden the voices of citizens to build a people-powered future.

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