Learning from Crisis
As we navigate the Covid-19 “new normal” and consider the world we’ll emerge into, Future of London is here to share support, intel, strategy and best practice across a multi-media programme, Learning from Crisis.
Learning from Crisis is true to Future of London’s USP: we’re working across sectors with the trust of organisation and community partners; spotlighting next-wave and operational leaders as well as the current top tier; and applying diversity in thought and participation to the wicked problems we now face. We also recognise that there are two interlinked aspects to this crisis:
Managing now: Approaches to the overwhelming challenges FoL’s network has faced. The impressive and inspirational responses from individuals and organisations – including discussing problems openly – can serve us now and for the next emergency.
Emerging from Crisis: Society is at a critical junction – how we live, work, move, teach, govern, fund, build and provide care are all up in the air. With cities projected to house 68% of us by 2050 and 80% by 2100, the people who shape and manage urban areas will be responsible for much of that changing world. We have to do our best to get it right, whatever that may mean, and FoL will bring its convening strengths to bear.
In this series, as with all FoL programming, we absorb the ‘what’ and ‘why’ but focus output on the ‘how’, to help our 4,700+ network (and everyone else tuning in these days!) to navigate and co-create what’s coming.
- Politics, policy & fiscal approach – managing their on-the-ground impact
- Economy – macro drivers and local impacts, including councils’ role and high-street reinvention, including:
- How we work – remote working, office & home design, commuting, connectivity and the value of work
- Environment – FoL’s Achieving Net Zero work on councils and partner responses to the climate emergency; public space, movement and logistics
- Built environment – Overall, touching on investment, design, place and carbon, with a focus on
- Restarting homebuilding: Government intervention; councils as developers; reduced private developer activity; loss of EU labour; homelessness; employment and housing links and supply chain woes. FoL’s Council Led Housing Forum is across much of this.
- Society – work-life balance, equality issues, health priorities and youth engagement
- Delivery – tied to all of the above and across all sectors & communities: How do we do assess what is good and possible and make these changes? How continue the productive work done during crisis response?
Event videos & podcasts
3 Jun 2020
City Bites Podcast: Leading through Crisis #3 – Alex Russell, Westway Trust. An Alumni Network interview by Leanne Keltie, Greater London Authority Programme Manager for Specialist Housing, podcast
27 May 2020
City Bites Podcast: Leading through Crisis #2 – Bek Seeley, Lendlease. An Alumni Network interview by Nnenna Urum-Eke, LB Enfield Head of Development podcast
20 May 2020
Culture Swap: Cross-sector learning from crisis, a joint Coherent Cities/ Re:Women webinar