South West Futures

Delighted to announce that the South West Futures pilot is taking place  in three locations on July 7th, bringing experts and non-experts together across Devon and Cornwall.

At each event we'll seek to identify key challenges for the region and collaborating to solve them, to drive open policy making, new business clusters and open innovation. Participants will come together to share ideas and develop solutions using a mixture of creative problem solving tools and design thinking methods. Lead partners include University of Exeter and Devon County Council, RSA SW and Knowledge Hub, supported by the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly and Heart of the South West (HotSW) LEPs. Other key partners include Made Open, Current Works Ltd, and COSMIC.


Events are being held in the following locations:

Exeter (University of Exeter Business School)

Honiton (East Devon Business Centre)

Penryn (Made Open, Jubilee Warehouse)


The South West Futures Open Ideas Day is a pilot project. aims to build on the ideas coming out of the online call for ideas generating topics to be explored at events on July 7th, and develop solutions that can be shared at a follow-up event with key partners in September. If it goes well we aim to run a bigger project in 2016 with an Ideas Day in more locations with wider partners, building on interest we have received in Somerset and Bristol.


There is space for around 20-30 people at each event. We are particularly seeking participation from people who are passionate about making positive change and are willing to bring an open mind to work with other people from across sectors, including:

  • Designers, makers and creatives
  • Regional development, city leads, Local Authority transformation and innovation leads
  • Public sector workers, social enterprises and voluntary sector organisations
  • Businesses and entrepreneurs
  • Experts from the technology, innovation and digital communities
  • Young people and students.


Places are very limited, there are 20-30 spaces at each event. If you are interested in attending, please register on Eventbrite and join  South West Futures Group online discussions. If you are unable attend one of the events but would still like to take part, you can share your ideas by tweeting @RSA_SW or @phillirose mentioning #SWFutures, here, via the South West Futures Group, or email me (


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