Inspiring Workplaces Gives Its Global Movement Local Momentum With The Launch Of Inspire: cities

Inspire:Cities are the city-based communities of the global movement of Inspiring Workplaces

The Inspiring Workplaces Group (IW) announces the launch of its latest initiative to change the world by improving the world of work.

Called Inspire: Cities, this initiative will inject local momentum into the fast-growing global movement of inspirers. The 20 founding Inspire: Cities announced today range from Inspire: Atlanta to Inspire: Vienna and Inspire: New York to Inspire: Sydney.

Inspire: Cities is driven to help build people-first organizations and is targeted at any business owner or professional that has a passion for improving the lives of their colleagues and the performance of their business. What matters is a shared desire to deliver the IW Purpose. So, our founder Inspire: Cities owners (Chief Inspiration Officers) come from many backgrounds – finance, HR, employee experience, culture, wellbeing, DEI, internal comms, technology. As well as, all buying into the IW values of diverse, inclusive, and psychologically safe organizations that enable everyone to bring their best self to work.

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A community with an event like no other, to create a world we all aspire to live in

Everyone that joins a city community must also join the free global IW movement of ‘Inspirers’ – making them part of the change for good at both a local and global level.

After more than a year in a world starved of human contact, IW is putting people at the heart of the Inspire: Cities events – just as they should be in the workplace. No decks, presentations, slides, handouts – just inspiring people-centered experiences.

Matt Manners, the founder and CEO of Inspiring Workplaces Group, said: “The Inspire: Cities events will replicate how workplaces should be by actively listening, giving people a voice, and making it more human. No distractions, just a focus on storytelling and action”. The events will follow the simple philosophy of:

No presentations
Psychologically safe
Relationship building

There will be at least three events a year in each city.

Matt Manners continued: “Imagine how fast we can change the world for the better if we have people who believe in our purpose in every city around the world. Our 20 founding cities enable us to reach almost 100 million at a local level. By Christmas, I hope that will be a quarter of a billion! Together, our Inspire: Cities will inspire people-first organizations everywhere.”

The aim is to have 50 cities by the end of 2021 and 100 by the end of 2022. The founding Inspire: Cities and their Chief Inspiration Officers announced today are as follows (in alphabetical order):

  • Inspire: Atlanta
  • Inspire: Birmingham
    • CIO – April Bembridge
  • Inspire: Bristol
  • Inspire: Boston
    • CIO – Rachel Weeks
  • Inspire: Belgium
    • CIO – David Ducheyne
  • Inspire: Brighton
    • CIOs – Lisa Pantelli & Ruth Dance
  • Inspire: D.C
    • CIO – Dr. Russell Robinson
  • Inspire: Ireland
    • CIOs – AnnMarie Philips & Scott McInnes
  • Inspire: Istanbul
    • Seyhan Ayel
  • Inspire: Johannesburg
    • Coming soon
  • Inspire: London
    • CIOs – Kelly Swingler & Matt Manners
  • Inspire: Miami
    • CIO – Shea Heaver
  • Inspire: Milano
    • CIO – Diego Biasi
  • Inspire: MK
    • CIO – Nick Court
  • Inspire: Minneapolis
    • CIO – Dan Riley
  • Inspire: New York City
    • CIOs – Greg Simpson, Ira Ozer & Matt Manners
  • Inspire: San Francisco
    • CIO – Jonathan Goodman
  • Inspire: Stockholm
    • CIOs – Karin Volo
  • Inspire: Sydney
    • CIO – Kim Seeling-Smith
  • Inspire: Vienna
    • Coming soon

Creating inclusive cultures in The Inspire Ring

Just like the fabled roundtable at King Arthur’s court (but much more diverse and inclusive), Inspire: Cities events will take place in a circular set-up. We are calling this the ‘Inspire Ring’ where everyone is equal.

Each founding Inspire: City has agreed the theme for the first event will be ‘Creating Inclusive Cultures. Up to four pre-arranged storytellers will then share their experiences, views, insights, failures, and successes for ten minutes before a group conversation takes place for another 10 minutes, and so on. Events will last no more than two hours with networking before and after.

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The whole purpose is to connect with like-minded leaders and professionals to learn and affect change in your sphere of influence.

Local feel, global content

Whilst the events themselves carry no decks or presentations, that does not mean inspiring content won’t be available beyond the events.

There will also be a local slack channel for each city to enable community interaction and much more besides. This means all inspirers get access to insights from a local and global level to help them develop and affect change in their own organization.

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Chief Inspiration Officers (CIOs)

Inspire: Cities would be impossible without their Chief Inspiration Officers – the owners of each city community. These people have the same drive and passion to change the world by improving the world of work.

Inspire your city

Want to change the world? Become your city’s, Chief Inspiration Officer? You must buy into the IW values of diverse, inclusive, and psychologically safe organizations that enable everyone to bring their best self to work.


All the CIOs will be interested in partners to keep costs for attendees down or space to hold these unique events. Please find our CIOs on the website here.

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