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Following the success of the first Exeter City Futures Connect event back in March, our Summer Connect was held on June 21st in our new City Futures Space in Southernhay.

The event brought together startups, academics, businesses, citizens and members of the council in a relaxed and informal atmosphere that resulted in many interesting and inspiring insights being shared.

After those speaking shared their ideas guests were free to mingle in the City Futures Space. As well as networking with each other attendees had the chance to engage with the Exeter City Futures team and members of the accelerator cohort.

Themes and Insights

Seven speakers took to the stage in front of our blackboard wall, presenting insights into the challenges Exeter faces. Ideas shared ranged from re-establishing the railway line from Exeter to Okehampton and car free sundays to setting up a Cycle Hub on the outskirts of Exeter.

Once again ‘what we have makes us strong’ proved to be a theme; looking at how we can utilise existing or neglected resources to transform Exeter into a more sustainable city. Behavioural change also emerged as a focus of some of talks, with the presentation of a new device for encouraging energy efficiency and a look at why it’s essential to visit the best places for active transportation to set a new benchmark.

The purpose of the event was to bring people together, help them make useful connections, and build momentum for great ideas. Between our quarterly events participants can continue to grow their networks and find support for ideas by submitting their insights to our ideas board or engaging with us on social media, or at public events.

For a full list of speakers see below:

Joe Baker
Changing Behaviour

Councillor Mike Davies 
Making the Case for the Okehampton Line

Drew Ellis
LikeMinds Festival

Chris Johns
Cycle Hub on the outskirts of Exeter

Tom Langdon-Davies
To have a world of energy that works for all

Zsolt Schuller
Seeing is believing! Study Tours for City Leaders


Autumn Connect

Our next Connect event will be held on September 20th, in a city centre venue to be confirmed closer to the time. We look forward to hearing more insights and engaging in more conversation.

Until then the discussions can keep going in our Ideas Board, an online space where anyone can share their insights and thoughts about the challenges that face the Exeter region becoming more sustainable.


Sign up for Autumn Connect