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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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’

Making Equality the ‘New Normal’ roundtable with senior and next-wave leaders tackling commitment and challenge in an event designed to help accelerate vital sector improvements, emphasised by events during the lockdown.

#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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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City Bites: Podcast with Bek Seeley, Lendlease

City Bites podcast with FoL alumni board member Nnenna Urum-Eke talking to Lendlease’s Bek Seeley on the development outlook post Covid-19 and how developers have adapted their approaches to construction and public consultation.

City Bites: Podcast with David Lunts, GLA & OPDC

City Bites podcast with alumni board director Lucy Webb interviewing David Lunts, Executive Director at the GLA Housing & Land and interim CEO at OPDC about the public sector in lockdown and how London could change in the long term.

Councils & the climate emergency

More than 200 attendees joined FoL for the launch of its Achieving Net Zero programme to explore what the climate emergency means for local authorities and housing associations, and what the wider sector can do to support them.

Funding public projects in chaotic times

With 10 years of austerity followed by Grenfell, Brexit and now Covid-19, funding public projects may seem more daunting than ever. But there is potential. Read on…


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