The Big Conversation is funded by Leadership Gloucestershire, which brings together leaders from Gloucestershire’s councils, emergency services, health services and business community.
They have commissioned the University of Gloucestershire to be the independent facilitator of the Big Conversation assisted by Dialogue by Design, an employee-owned research and engagement company which works with public services, charities and communities across the UK.
The only decision taken so far is that we all need to start thinking now about the county’s long term future and how we will address the scale of the challenges we are facing.
The eight ambitions and six ideas are only suggestions at this stage. They have been developed to stimulate a conversation about the sort of county Gloucestershire could be, the trade-offs that the county may have to make and the value that local residents, businesses and organisations place on different aspects of life in the county.
Between now and the end of July, there will be a programme of engagement and consultation activities to get as many people as possible to share their views and ideas about the vision.
Action Days will be held across the county inviting local residents, businesses and organisations to come and take part in conversations about the vision.
Throughout that time, people can read about the process and submit their responses via this consultation website as well as reviewing the responses that have been submitted.
At the end of that process, a report will be produced that will summarise the key themes that have come out of the conversation and recommend the next steps required to make the vision a reality.