Mentor blog: Mark Baigent

mark baigent and mandar puranik speaking

In build up to the #Alumni500 celebration and Mentor Awards on 28 September, FoL is inviting Leaders course mentors and mentees to write about their mentoring experience and share what they’ve gained with the network. Writing this month is prolific FoL mentor Mark Baigent.

Recognising the contribution of our mentors

recognising the contribution of our mentors

To celebrate mentors’ valuable contribution to our courses ahead of FoL’s Mentor Awards on 28 September, were inviting mentors and mentees to share what they got out of the experience. To kick off, here is FoL’s Oli Pinch on his mentoring experience.

Levelling up London

city makers forum levelling up London

How can city makers respond to the changes to inner and outer London and to the deep-seated inequalities exposed and exacerbated by the pandemic? For this City Makers’ Forum, we invited a cross-sector panel to debate what it will take to level up London for all.

A new form of localism?

a new form of localism, playing ping pong

We’re once again under national lockdown restrictions and mostly living, working and playing within our local areas. This behaviour could be a short-term reaction to the new measures except there is now growing evidence of longer-term trends and an emerging form of localism. An alumni-led discussion, chaired by FoL board member Lucy Webb, explored how city makers should respond.

Accelerating homebuilding: how the public sector can deliver more homes, more efficiently

Accelerating homebuilding, BPTW, Watts Grove, Tower Hamlets, London

The public sector is facing a huge a challenge to accelerate homebuilding under extraordinary circumstances. But there are financial mechanisms from government available, planning reform in consultation, an appetite for collaboration and widespread public support for more homes. So how can the sector pull together against the odds? Featured image credit: BPTW

Communities of Practice: High streets

Communities of practice: high streets

The future of high streets and town centres is not a new topic, but one that has certainly been brought into much sharper focus in recent months because of Covid-19. Adding to longstanding questions over the future of bricks and mortar retail and how this impacts high street footfall, uncertainty resulting from lockdown, social distancing, changes to working patterns and planning system reform are now thrown into the mix.