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, across two interlinked aspects:

Managing now: Approaches to the overwhelming challenges FoL’s network has faced, including the impressive and inspirational responses from individuals and organisations.

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. How do we make sure we get it right?

Topics include:

Find support and tools at our Resource Hub, or check on upcoming #LearningFromCrisis webinars and podcasts at FoL’s Events page.

To speak, sponsor or suggest an idea, contact Lisa Taylor. For questions about format or access, contact Oli Pinch.

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a new form of localism, playing ping pong

A new form of localism?

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, BPTW, Watts Grove, Tower Hamlets, London

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

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

Crossrail hoarding at Farringdon, Paying for public projects in a post-Covid world

Paying for Public Projects in a Covid World

On 19 Nov, join our #LearningFromCrisis roundtable on funding projects post-Covid. Brilliant cross-sector guests share insight on navigating shrinking budgets, the EU grant void and evolving sources of funding and finance.

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Conference write-up: Funding net zero

In the second webinar of our Achieving Net Zero Digital Conference Week, we reflected on how the public and private sectors can work together to fund the transition to a zero carbon built environment sector, and how we can make sure that the benefits and burdens of funding net zero are spread equally amongst all communities?  

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Conference write-up: Changing our behaviours to achieve net zero

In the first webinar of our Achieving Net Zero Digital Conference Week, we explored what the public and private sectors can do to embed holistic Net Zero thinking and drive behaviour change. This is a summary of some of the key themes and practical examples that emerged from our panel discussions and audience Q&A.

Parks and green space: does everyone feel welcome?

Parks and green space: does everyone feel welcome?

Throughout the pandemic, parks have provided respite from cabin fever and safe places to meet family and friends. Whilst Covid demonstrates the value of green space for everybody, it also highlights inequalities. This webinar explored barriers experienced by people from different backgrounds and how the sector can do better.

‘Connections’ Ep. 6: Children and families

This episode 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. 

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.

‘Connections’ Ep. 4: Culture + Place

Hear about the shifting connections between culture and place in this lively conversation with cultural strategist Aida Esposito, Southbank Centre’s Gillian Moore CBE and placemaking strategist and FoL alum Paul Augarde.

City Makers Forum: London's Green Recovery, Olympic park image

City Makers’ Forum: London’s Green Recovery

This City Makers’ Forum invited cross-sector speakers working at the frontline of London’s recovery response to assess London’s ambitions for a green recovery. Can we capitalise on this opportunity, and pull together to leverage public support and political will, to ultimately deliver a recovery that is fair and equitable for all?

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Alumni Communities of Practice: Maker spaces

Many artists have fallen through the gaps of government financial support during lockdown and sustaining access to affordable studio space and peer support networks has been vital to their survival. Alumni Rep Sarah Birt explores why in this guest post.

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‘Connections’ Ep. 3: Back to work

This episode is the third in our Learning from Crisis ‘Connections’ series, and is about how we’re getting back to work in the recovery phase. Featured image credit: Elliot Brown on Flickr. Licence (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

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Making Equality the ‘New Normal’

This lively session brought together established and emerging champions across all kinds of inclusion issues to share resources, connections and strategies. Check the post and/or video for ideas and networks you can use in your own efforts!

#LearningFromCrisis: Local Economic Recovery 2

As we look beyond immediate crisis response, where should we focus to sustain, regain or rethink critical investment, employment and behaviours? Find out in the second in our series on local economic recovery.

Ria Bailes, One Housing City Bites podcast

City Bites: Podcast with Ria Bailes, One Housing

Rounding off our series of alumni interviews with sector leaders on Covid resilience, Peter O’Brien talks to One Housing’s Ria Bailes about the need for empathy and other ‘soft’ skills for really effective crisis leadership.

Alumni Communities of Practice: home space standards

With working from home now the norm, how should policymakers respond? Longer term, will this boost the appeal of suburban living as priorities shift from a manageable commute to more space at home or nearby? Explore with our forum…

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Culture Swap? Public-Private Lessons from Covid-19

Through the pandemic, much of the public sector has been incredibly effective, while much of the private sector has displayed real empathy for staff and stakeholders. Could these cultural shifts be here to stay?

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Alumni Communities of Practice forum – workspace

Alumni Communities of Practice forum exploring some of the short-term operational and design challenges faced during the Covid crisis, and the long-term role workspace will play in supporting local economic recovery.

Nazeya-Hussain, City Bites podcast

City Bites: Podcast with Naz Hussain, RB Kingston

Covid-19 has hit local authorities hard, but they’re rising to the challenge. FoL Alumna Laura Davy talks with Nazeya Hussain, RB Kingston Executive Director of Place about resilience, leadership and priorities.

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Spotlight: Sharing data during Covid-19

Phillipa Nazari, Assistant Director – Information Governance & Data Protection Officer, explains why developing new guidance around sharing data has been a vital part of Greater Manchester’s Covid-19 response.

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Risk v. confidence: what will retail look like now?

Retailers now have to find ways to offer what consumers want from ‘live’ shopping while minimising risk. In this #LearningFromCrisis guest post Rob Asbury, Partner at Montagu Evans, considers how to make retail stores stack up in a socially distancing world.

Alex Russell, Westway Trust, podcast

City Bites: Podcast with Alex Russell, Westway Trust

How has the third sector continued to deliver community services during the Covid crisis? How have priorities changed and what role will charities play in recovery? These questions and more were the focus of our latest City Bites podcast.

Diana Phiri-Witty, LB Croydon, Community Engagement in a Covid-19 world

Community engagement in a Covid-19 world

FoL webinar exploring different approaches councils, housing associations, developers and others have taken to maintain meaningful community engagement in a covid-19 world.

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Covid-19: The public-sector response

Covid-19 has radically altered urban life. Future of London spoke to housing, enforcement, planning and regeneration professionals in our network about the impact of the pandemic on the public sector and how they’ve been delivering city services.

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