On 10th March MiFriendly Cities partners and participants came together to share our learning and experiences with over 100 other stakeholders from the UK and Europe. We were joined by local and city authorities from Greece, Italy, Spain and Netherlands, to name a few, as well as NGOs, local authorities, funders and other stakeholders in the UK and other parts of Europe.
The thought-provoking agenda was kicked off by Peter Barnett, CBE, the main sponsor of the project from Coventry City Council, who interviewed Councillor Cotton (Birmingham), Councillor Akhtar (Coventry), and Anthony Walker (Wolverhampton).
Delegates heard why this project was important to the West Midlands, and all about its impact on project participants. They could also attend workshops covering key programmes and themes, and quiz an expert panel on the challenges and opportunities a project like this generates.
Delegates also had access to unique on-demand content describing how the project delivered services and programmes, and were treated to exclusive ‘screenings’ of a new project film summarising the last 3 years, and the launch of a new online art exhibition, curated by Maokwo – one of the project’s social innovation projects.
The day also saw the launch of NOMI – a new Network of Migrant Innovators looking to create a sustainable future in the region for social innovation projects funded by MiFriendly Cities.
The event received excellent feedback and MiFriendly Cities would like to thank everyone involved – our participants, our speakers and panellists, and our delegates who contributed with ideas and energy.
-All the event films and content are available on our YouTube channel.
-View Maokwo’s ‘My City’ online exhibition here.
-You can find more information and resources about the MiFriendly Cities project here.
-As well as further insight and reports in the Urban Innovative Actions – Project Library.
This project is co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Urban Innovative Actions Initiative.