Spotlight: Our Heroes – a poem

Matt Kelly is a GM Leaders Plus Round 2 candidate. His poem reflects on the last year, paying tribute to our wonderful NHS staff and shows that talents of our Leaders candidates go way beyond the built environment!

#LearningFromCrisis: Creating better use of public assets

Hackney Wick. #LearningFromCrisis: Creating better use of public assets

Many public-sector organisations tend to focus on the short term when developing property asset strategies. Increasing financial pressure forces them to prioritise a quick sale or lease at market rates over the long-term social and economic value these assets could generate. Yet maximising public asset value can be a vital … Read more

Community, connection and Covid-19: Building community resilience to a crisis

Community, connection and Covid-19: How community development programmes can keep communities resilient during a crisis

Empowering residents and increasing equality and inclusion can boost community cohesion – as well as keep communities resilient in tough times. In this case study of Grahame Park in Barnet, we explore the benefits of investment in community development programmes, and how they’ve flexed in lockdown.

Spotlight: Dance – and so much more

Alex Peters is a professional dancer and mentor who’s helped dozens of Future London Leaders candidates step outside their comfort zone and think creatively. See his excellent short video on dance and wellbeing here, part of AXA Health’s Feelgood Health Journey.

Community, connection and Covid 19: How landscape-led placemaking prioritises and strengthens community

Thamesmead has bold landscape-led regeneration plans for the future

Since the start of the pandemic people of all ages now spend more time outdoors – and the public realm has taken on a new significance in community life. As we look towards a post-pandemic future, this case study explores Thamesmead, the lessons we can learn from how communities have used outside spaces during lockdown and how landscape-led placemaking prioritises and strengthens community.