Fittingly for this event, I was delighted to be invited by Gerry Proctor and the brilliant team at Engage to join a panel of superb Liverpool women (all colleagues and friends!) and an equally brilliant Leeds panel in a two-part, trans-Pennine conversation to consider how our respective cities could delight us.
Delivered virtually and in the confines of (the first) national lockdown, the conversation naturally considered a post-COVID future and what lessons we could take into that future from the extraordinary individual and collective actions and behaviours that the pandemic has necessitated.
It was great to spend an evening or two coming at things from such a positive angle in the middle of such difficult circumstances, and reassuring to hear panellists speak about diversity of representation, the power of collective action, community-led resilience and the restorative power of nature (including reconnecting with house plants!)
Many thanks to all for a great conversation, which I hope will continue – hands across the Pennines!