North Belfast Economic Forum's Conference on Economic Inactivity

Attendees using the 'Agile' Methodology to generate solutions to economic Inactivity in North Belfast

 

North Belfast Economic Forum recently organised a conference on economic inactivity on the 2nd of June at Ulster University. The forum, facilitated by North Belfast Partnership, organised the event in conjunction with Belfast City Council and Ulster University and Core Systems NI.

Over 60 people attended the event which used the Agile System advocated by Core Systems NI. Speakers included Andrew Webb from the Ulster University’s Economic Policy Unit giving a presentation on local inactivity rates as well as speakers from Belfast City Council and North Belfast Partnership. This system which is widely used as a project management methodology in the Software industry assist in quickly distilling problems down to actions that can be taken forward to tackle the problem. Six groups worked on various ‘User stories’ related to economic inactivity.
 
At the close of the event various pledges were made by some of the attendees. These included the Ashton Centre announcing a new employability programme aimed at assisting people who are economically inactive as well as links being made between the new Department for Communities and the University to assist in tackling these high rates of inactivity in North Belfast.
 
Photos from the event can be seen at the link below: