Come to the Future of Cities World Café

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In our interactive event, you’ll learn how several innovative cities including Espoo in Finland (pictured) and Umeå in Sweden are tackling their urban challenges by developing attributes including resilience and agility. 

To deal with the complex urban challenges we face, those who plan, design and manage our cities need a variety of key skills and capabilities. These range from resilience, agility and a collaborative approach to adopting systems thinking and building trust with communities and other stakeholders.   

There are other cities in the UK and globally that are leading the way on projects adopting these approaches. As part of our Future of Cities programme, you’ll be able to hear directly from some of them at our exciting, interactive ‘World Café’ live event.  

We’ll be asking you to take an active role in developing insight by visiting ‘city stations’ to explore and answer a set of key questions. We’ll then tease out approaches that are transferable to London and develop a set of recommendations to help the capital’s city makers prepare for a thriving future. 

When: Wednesday 31 January 2024, 8:30am to 11:00am 

Where: Fitzrovia, W1  


  • Daniel Clarke, Head of Technology and Innovation, Greater Cambridge Partnership.

  • Linda Gustafsson, Gender Equality Officer, Umeå Municipality, Sweden.

  • James Jones, Partner, Sheppard Robson.

  • Katja Sjöholm, Head of Co-creation and Innovation, Strategy and Development Unit, City of Espoo, Finland. 

  • Nicole Tarrio, Associate Landscape Architect, Arup.

  • Roland van der Heijden, Program Manager, Digital City Rotterdam.

  • Bridget Wilkins, Head of Adoption, Engagement and Innovation, Digital Planning, Department for Levelling Up, Housing & Communities, UK (lead moderator).

Supported by Arup and Sheppard Robson.

Picture: Espoo, Finland. by Adunais Perez via Unsplash 

When 31 January 2024, 8:30am to 11:00am
Where  Fitzrovia, W1  


This event is free to attend thanks to our supporters, but places are limited and registration is essential.

  1. Click 'Register now' and fill out the form.
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31st January 2024 from  8:30 AM to 11:00 AM
United Kingdom