How much time do I have to commit?

The whole programme lasts 6 months. There will be a schedule available for the specific cohort you are interested in which includes dates and times etc. (check the ‘join us’ page if registrations are open) There will be a combination of directed learning sessions ‘ labs’ which equate to 1 day a week, and 1 day of ‘experiments’, collaborative work with cohort colleagues on your shared challenge.

You will be learning and working on challenges your organisation is facing. Everything you do will be relevant to your work and will have a positive impact on your effectiveness and outputs.

How much does it cost?

There is no cost for you to take part. As the project is part funded by European Social Fund we will match in your time to the programme.

Will I get a qualification?

No – this was not designed as a traditional academic university course. This is innovation, its deigned to change our perceptions of what innovation means, how do we innovate to make meaningful changes and improvement, while building a network to enable wider reach and partnerships.

How is it delivered?

Infuse is delivered through a hybrid approach with a number of in-person sessions in Cardiff combined with virtual sessions through Zoom.  We use this blended approach using collaborative workshops to enhance your experience.

Is it just for Managers and Senior Leaders?

No. For a culture and organisation to change and adopt new ways of thinking and working, all levels of the organisation need to commit and engage; Chief Officers, senior management, heads of service, team managers and aspiring future leaders. Innovation involves collaboration not only sideways outside our organisation but up and down the levels of management too.

Is it only for Local Authority Staff?

Infuse was designed for public service innovation. The 10 Local Authorities are committed to the themes and it makes sense for there to be a large number of LA staff on the cohorts. We are now able to accept applications from people in other Public and Third Sector organisations who are invested in one of the themes.

What are the themes?

In Cohort Two we are looking for exploration in the challenge areas below, the links are to short clips from each of the thematic leads introducing the challenge areas providing insight, connection, and reality to the challenges.

Accelerating Decarbonisation:

● Smart Local Energy Systems – https://youtu.be/BN3niBMgvCM

● Fuel poverty – https://youtu.be/ozrQ0cbeXsA

● Energy efficiency of buildings – https://youtu.be/NwSac9g-zqQ

● Renewable energy generation, storage, local energy markets and P2P energy trading – https://youtu.be/wKRpqa4EAmo

● Behaviour change around carbon reduction – https://youtu.be/g4tPwxnwQ7c

● Land Use, Landcover Change and Forestry (LULCF) – https://youtu.be/xrlVwrf3GQ

● Transport Decarbonisation – https://youtu.be/U8—HCfyJs

Supportive Communities:

● Public participation and democratisation – https://youtu.be/QK88CzoSwX8

● Community Wealth Building and the Foundational Economy (and economic inequalities) – https://youtu.be/SzJxevkpzZM

● Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD), Community Led Development and Community Power. – https://youtu.be/b1FsyBTr0vw

● Social Justice – https://youtu.be/HrgUgi_FYP4

What do you need from me?

We will need your full commitment to the programme and learning. We match your time into the programme and therefore will also require supporting evidence to satisfy our funders, but don’t worry it is all standard requirements.