From Global to Local

Think Tank

A Think Tank by PRIMO and UDITE to improve the addressing of global risks on local and local level.


The Federation of European Local GovernmentChief Executives (UDITE), the foremost professional network for Chief Executives and senior managers in the public sector in Europe and founding partner of Public Risk Management Organisation (PRIMO),


Public Risk Management Organisation (PRIMO, the leading international network for the development of products and the dissemination of knowledge and strategic information for the local government sector and the public sector in Europe,

have joined forces to launch the Think Tank ‘From Global to Local’.


The purpose of this project is to promote and encourage a greater understanding and exchange of knowledge, ideas and expertise on the impact of global public risks on local communities and cities. The Think Tank ‘From Global to Local’ will be introduced and actively promoted throughout the PRIMO and UDITE networks in Belgium, Denmark, France, Ireland, Malta, Norway, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands and United Kingdom.

This initiative is focused on local strategic governance and the management of public values and risks. It is set to develop and enhance the ingenuity and resourcefulness of local communities and cities across Europe in general and the management by local government chief executives and senior professionals in particular.

The Think Tank has been inspired by the Global Risks reports of the World Economic Forum but motivated by the knowledge that in the view of UDITE and PRIMO, global risks are not well connected with and embedded in local public governance.

The Think Tank was conceived with the specific purpose of raising awareness of the relevance, knowledge and practice of strategic risk management as a an integral part of good public governance, and involving much more than preventing losses and reducing costs. The results will be suggestions for concrete action in governance and management.


Think Tank as round table
Consists of limited group of people per country. We have experienced that this is conditional for an in depth dialogue.

The group consists of people from different background, role and craftsmanship, this to have all perspectives on the table.

The discussion is open and is focused on the essence of the present local palette of public values and risks. Per country a specific theme will be brought in for discussion.

Every member will prepare a 300 word thesis with a personal view on the moste relevant public risk and bring this in with a pitch for discussion.

Will consists of general presentation of public risk, pitches, discussion and concluding part.

It is our intention to invite all participants for a common seminar in the second half of 2016, where the results will be reported to a broader audience.

The results will be communicated via website, the PRIMO magazine Quaterna Publica, the UDITE KnowledgeHub and social media: #ttgloc




Relevant articles


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