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Future of London CityBites

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Future of London is the capital's independent network for built environment practitioners. This podcast is peer-driven: FoL staff, associates and members of the alumni network invite guests from different sectors and roles to share stories, insights and ideas. The main aim is to support and inspire the next wave of city leaders. As other city lovers join the conversation, all the better.
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#LearningFromCrisis ‘Connections’ Ep. 6: Children + Families

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Leading for way for cities #1: Arthur Kay - Homes for key workers
Future of London's Leading the way for cities is an alumni-led series of events, podcasts and blog posts that engage with city-makers in their aspirations for the future of our cities, drawing on their collective experience, ideas, resilience and leadership as we emerge from the pandemic. The series seeks to re-appraise the status quo, bring fresh thinking to tricky issues, and help us to challenge ourselves on ways to be more ambitious for our cities, through our work. In this episode LB Sutton Programme Manager and Alumni Rep Mandar Puranik speaks with Arthur Kay, chair of the £100m Key Worker Homes Fund and Founder and CEO of Skyroom - an award-winning technology and urban development company which delivers precision-manufactured homes in the airspace above existing buildings. Find out more about the alumni-led series, Leading the way for cities, and the CityBites podcast at futureoflondon.org.uk
14:34
June 2, 2021
"A Call to Green" - Proposal for Greater Manchester
Proposals for Greater Manchester & Proposals for London are 5-minute, timed, highly visual presentations that are the culmination of Future of London Leaders courses. It's a format that challenges speakers to escape PowerPoint lock and communicate engagingly with any audience. A signature of Future London Leaders and Leaders Plus, it's also great for use in any context. Marc Watterson, an Arup associate and graduate of GM Leaders Plus 2020, delivered his online – and his call for creating more accessible green space rang very true during repeated lockdowns. Check out his ideas and the lively Q&A that followed on YouTube, or find more info on increasing urban green space and dozens of other key topics - plus access to courses and tools - via the Future of London webpage. This backstage interview is a companion to Marc's Proposal, and offers tips and inspiration for anyone preparing a Proposal of their own. Hope you find it helpful!
06:12
February 9, 2021
#LearningFromCrisis Connections Ep. 8: Creative use of public assets
This episode of the #LearningFromCrisis 'Connections' series is on the creative use of public assets and showcases examples of how councils can make the most of their assets for long-term social and economic value. See the City Bites webpage for info and resources: https://www.futureoflondon.org.uk/knowledge/City-Bites
47:54
February 3, 2021
Leadership Ep. 1: Miffa Salter interview – Leading & Learning Online
Wide-ranging chat with incomparable coach, facilitator and trainer Miffa Salter of Urbancanda, who helped shape and still leads Future of London leadership programming. Includes practical tips on leading and learning virtually as well as insight on the societal challenges this new way of working is throwing at us. Features an audio cameo from French Bulldog and Urbancanda 'chair' Jojo Salter... For a transcript, resources and other City Bites episodes, visit www.futureoflondon.org.uk 
23:01
January 2, 2021
#LearningFromCrisis Connections Ep. 7: Digital + Small Business post-Covid
This episode of the #LearningFromCrisis 'Connections' series is on the evolving relationship between digital and small business – including how local government is supporting Small & Medium Enterprises or SMEs. See the City Bites webpage for info, resources and transcript: https://www.futureoflondon.org.uk/2020/11/10/connections-ep-7-digital-smes/
30:45
November 10, 2020
#LearningFromCrisis ‘Connections’ Ep. 6: Children + Families
This episode is the sixth in our Learning from Crisis 'Connections' series. It explores how Covid-19 has affected children, young people and families – and the impact this is having on women's careers, children's education and wellbeing, and our use of public space, particularly green space. You'll hear how children and women have been neglected during the pandemic and what local and national policymakers can do going forward to support families and working parents.  Speakers:  Lucie Stephens, Head of Co-production at New Economics Foundation.  Dr Zubaida Haque, former Interim Director of the Runnymede Trust and a member of the Independent Sage. Tim Gill, independent academic, advocate and consultant on childhood.  Sophie Nellis, Research & Projects Officer at Future of London (host).  Find out more about Future of London City Bites. About Future of London Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 4,800+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders. futureoflondon.org.uk | @futureofldn | FutureofLondon
40:13
October 19, 2020
#People, Place and Community: how to build connection - when we are all 2 metres apart.
This podcast kicks-off our People, Place and Community project. In this 40 minute conversation with Bethan Harris and Stephanie Goldberg we talk about the importance of community. In particular,  how London’s built environment sector can support a sense of belonging - even when we are meant to stay 2 metres apart. This podcast episode was recorded against the backdrop of new Covid-19 restrictions, such as the rule of 6, and much of the conversation is framed by this.
36:54
October 12, 2020
#LearningFromCrisis Connections Ep. 4: Culture + Place
This episode of the Learning From Crisis ‘Connections’ series is on the evolving relationship between culture and place. You’ll hear how different types and scales of organisation are mitigating the damage to the creative sector… how society, government and the market are reassessing culture’s value to local identity and economy… and what aspects of this changing world could be with us for the long term. Speakers: Gillian Moore CBE, Director of Music, Southbank Centre Aida Esposito, Founder-director, creativethinking Paul Augarde, Placemaking Strategist & Associate, Coherent Cities & WorkWild Lisa Taylor, Executive Director, Future of London & Director, Coherent Cities (host) Find out more about Future of London City Bites. About Future of London Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 4,800+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders. futureoflondon.org.uk | @futureofldn | FutureofLondon
43:29
September 29, 2020
#LearningFromCrisis Connections Ep. 3: Back to work
This episode, the third in our Learning From Crisis 'Connections' series, is about how we're getting back to work in the recovery phase. As the lockdown eases, all sectors are under pressure to return to work and help get the economy moving. However, Construction, Higher Education and Hospitality are under the microscope perhaps more than other sectors. This is thanks to the number of jobs they generate, and their high contributions to UK GDP. These sectors also play a significant role in the viability of our local economies and urban spaces and their health has knock-on effects up and down the supply chain. They share multiple challenges such as ensuring employee health and safety, rebuilding consumer confidence and maintaining business viability. The solutions they'll need to find are distinct but transferable to other sectors and to practitioners also working to adapt their work to the new normal. Speaker: Chris Wallace, Construction Director, Lovell Partnerships Rose Luckin, Prof of Learner Centred Design, UCL Knowledge Lab Ian Coll, FOunder & MD, Mamuska Restaurants Host & producer: Oli Pinch, Head of Networks, Future of London. Find out more about Future of London City Bites. About Future of London Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 4,800+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders. futureoflondon.org.uk | @futureofldn | FutureofLondon
39:35
August 19, 2020
#LearningFromCrisis Connections Ep. 2: Community Engagement
For the second episode of our Learning from Crisis "Connections" series, we followed up on our well-received webinar on Community Engagement in a Covid-19 world, with three people working at the heart of these processes - and trying to get them right! Jenna Goldberg, Director, London Communications Agency Jamal Miah, Community Liaison Advisor, LB Camden (West Kentish Town Estate) Sib Trigg, Architect & Community Organiser, People's Empowerment Alliance for Custom House (PEACH) Host & producer: Lisa Taylor, Executive Director, Future of London & Director, Coherent Cities. Find out more about Future of London City Bites. About Future of London Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 4,800+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders. futureoflondon.org.uk | @futureofldn | FutureofLondon
38:47
August 3, 2020
Alumni Network interview with Ria Bailes
This podcast is the fifth and final episode in a mini-series where influential urban leaders talk to FoL's alumni about staying resilient and effective during the Covid crisis. Guest: Ria Bailes, Group Director for People & Change, One Housing Group Interviewer: Peter O'Brien, Assistant Director - Area Regeneration, LB Haringey Producer: Oli Pinch, Future of London Find out more about the Alumni Network and get involved in FoL's Covid-19 response and recovery programme: Learning from Crisis About Future of London Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 4,000+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders. futureoflondon.org.uk | @futureofldn | FutureofLondon
28:36
July 7, 2020
#LearningFromCrisis Connections Ep. 1: How should government work together for economic recovery?
This episode kicks off our Learning from Crisis "Connections" series, where we explore how the pandemic is changing our relationship to shared space, community engagement, negotiation, connectivity and culture. Interview with: Barbara Brownlee, Executive Director of Growth, Planning & Housing, Westminster City Council Professor Tony Travers, London School of Economics Host: Lisa Taylor, Executive Director, Future of London / Director, Coherent Cities Take aways Treasury needs councils to avoid financial crisis, partly for economic recovery but also because local authorities are best placed for testing and managing all aspects of Covid response and relationships on the ground. Further, as Brownlee pointed out, being forced into a Section 114 budget-balancing exercise by these extraordinary Covid-19 costs would mean harsh cuts and no room for flexibility or collaboration. Despite increasing bluster, Travers says we can expect MHCLG to do its best to help keep boroughs afloat. Watch for councils, property companies and partners to start referring to all that vacant office space as “new” commercial or mixed-use space (Travers credits Arup’s Alex Jan with this reframing). Where landlords are amenable and planning authorities can flex, this could be a great way to bring fresh energy to town and city centres as smaller/newer/consortium organisations start to afford cheaper floor space. Brownlee does represent a central London authority, but both make the case for not abandoning central cities (in the UK or elsewhere) in favour of sprawl. They also point out that large, historic landlords in city centres, like London’s Great Estates, have the patience – and patient capital – to make sound decisions, “viewing this as a 200-year thing, rather than a 20-month thing”. In economic terms, both are particularly worried about the huge hole in TfL and commuter revenues and the impact of that on investment, and about the terrible losses in the cultural sector, for livelihoods, businesses, footfall and export value. Local authorities have limited powers to take direct action like policing risky queues or offering business rates relief, but they do have unique leveraging powers; watch for – or seek – more of this from them. Both are convinced we will never go back to business as usual in terms of how we work, with Brownlee citing much more direct working on rough sleeping issues, and “100%” certainty that council staff and committees will stay at least partly remote and be as or more efficient than in the past. About Future of London Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 4,700+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders. futureoflondon.org.uk | @futureofldn | FutureofLondon Source: Jürgen Fabian on Flickr. License (CC BY-NC 4.0)
40:36
June 26, 2020
Alumni Network interview with Nazeya Hussain
This podcast is the fourth in a mini-series where influential urban leaders talk to FoL's alumni about staying resilient and effective during the Covid crisis. Guest: Nazeya Hussain, Executive Director of Place, RB Kingston Interviewer: Laura Davy, Neighbourhood Regeneration Manager, LB Lambeth Producer: Oli Pinch, Future of London Find out more about the Alumni Network and get involved in FoL's Covid-19 response and recovery programme: Learning from Crisis About Future of London Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 4,000+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders. futureoflondon.org.uk | @futureofldn | FutureofLondon
35:40
June 23, 2020
Alumni Network interview with Alex Russell
This podcast is the third in a mini-series where influential urban leaders talk to FoL's alumni about staying resilient and effective during the Covid crisis. Our guest is Alex Russell, Joint-CEO, Westway Trust. Guest: Alex Russell, Joint-CEO, Westway Trust Interviewer: Leanne Keltie, Programme Manager - Specialist Housing, Greater London Authority Producer: Oli Pinch, Future of London Find out more about the Alumni Network and get involved in FoL's Covid-19 response and recovery programme: Learning from Crisis About Future of London Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 4,000+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders. futureoflondon.org.uk | @futureofldn | FutureofLondon
30:23
June 3, 2020
Alumni Network interview with Bek Seeley
This podcast is the second in a mini-series where influential urban leaders talk to FoL's alumni about staying resilient and effective during the Covid crisis. Our guest is Bek Seeley, Lendlease's Managing Director of Development - Europe. Guest: Bek Seeley, Managing Director of Development - Europe, Lendlease Interviewer: Nnenna Urum-Eke, Head of Development, LB Enfield Producer: Oli Pinch, Future of London Find out more about the Alumni Network and get involved in FoL's Covid-19 response and recovery programme: Learning from Crisis About Future of London Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 4,000+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders. futureoflondon.org.uk | @futureofldn | FutureofLondon
35:26
May 26, 2020
Alumni Network interview with David Lunts
This podcast is the first in a mini-series where influential urban leaders talk to FoL's alumni about staying resilient and effective during the Covid crisis. Our first guest is David Lunts, Executive Director of Housing and Land at the GLA and interim CEO of the Old Oak & Park Royal Development Corporation. Guest: David Lunts, GLA Housing & Land and Old Oak Park Royal Development Corporation Interviewer: Lucy Webb, LB Croydon Producer: Oli Pinch, Future of London Find out more about the Alumni Network and get involved in FoL's Covid-19 response and recovery programme: Learning from Crisis About Future of London Future of London helps build better cities through knowledge, networks and leadership – across disciplines, organisations and sectors. We are the capital’s independent network for regeneration, housing, infrastructure and economic development practitioners, with 4,000+ professionals using FoL as a hub for sector intelligence, connection and professional development, and a mandate to prepare the next wave of cross-sector city leaders. futureoflondon.org.uk | @futureofldn | FutureofLondon
32:41
May 5, 2020