“There is only one thing more painful than learning from experience and that is not learning from experience.”
….So says Archibald MacLeish, and who am I to disagree with a Pulitzer prizewinner?
Government clearly feels the same. This government, like most governments before it, often looks to the past for new ideas and inspiration. This is perfectly illustrated by the dramatic and influential return (although some say he never went away) of Lord Heseltine – first with his Regional Growth Fund, which reintroduced the notion of competing for jobs and growth money, and then more dramatically with his Growth Review, which covered almost everything related to local economic growth. Just because the ideas are not new doesn’t mean they’re not still relevant or right!
To help government and cities search for new ideas about how to support the growth and jobs that the country desperately needs, we at the Centre are introducing a fortnightly blog series that will run up to the next General Election that will highlight a particular piece of research from our extensive back catalogue, showcasing its relevance to the current debates on how to stimulate jobs and growth in our towns and cities. And we’ve got a big back catalogue in which to rummage!
So every other Thursday from now on keep an eye on our web-site for the latest offering on what the past can tell us about the future. Here’s the product of the Centre’s blood sweat and tears since 2005:
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