7 episodes

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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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.

    #LearningFromCrisis Connections Ep. 2: Community Engagement

    #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 min
    Alumni Network interview with Ria Bailes

    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 min
    #LearningFromCrisis Connections Ep. 1: How should government work together for economic recovery?

    #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 min
    Alumni Network interview with Nazeya Hussain

    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 min
    Alumni Network interview with Alex Russell

    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 min
    Alumni Network interview with Bek Seeley

    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 min

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