The day starts with a couple of (relatively) routine meetings, the first with the Chief Executive of New East Manchester about a couple of prospective projects there, the second a regular meeting of an Executive Members task and finish sub-group overseeing the merger of the Council's personnel and organisational development functions.
The second of these might seem a bit obscure but is a key element in the Council's transformation agenda. Then its physically off to East Manchester, to the CHIPS building in Ancoats and the launch of what is I believe the UK's first Fab Lab. Fab Lab began as a community outreach project of MIT, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. There is now a growing network of Fab Labs around the world, still supported by MIT, and the Manchester Fab Lab will link us into that global network ranging from inner-city Boston to rural India, enabling the sharing of ideas, designs, and knowledge.
What is Fab Lab? It's a place where you can build things, from a computer chip to a bicycle, and it will give Manchester people of all ages a doorway into a new world of manufacture, no longer mass production, but individually designed and built small-scale manufacture. The launch is the fun bit of what is otherwise a rather heavy, meeting intensive day.
Later there's more Council transformation stuff with the members working party looking at the decant to First Street and the refurbishment of Central Library and the Town Hall extension. Then North Manchester members meet to discuss the refresh of the North Manchester Strategic Regeneration Framework. The day finishes around 9.30pm after the monthly caucus meeting, the timing of which means I have to miss Crumpsall Carnival Committee, and after that I have to make sure I'm ready for an Executive meeting and a full Council meeting, the last of this municipal year, tomorrow morning. Not so Ab Fab!