Future of London February 2017 Update
Future of London

February update – And the winner is...n't...

So many juicy lessons from the Oscars screw-up: a huge spend won't save you, show grace under pressure, don't mess up (live!) in the most litigious place on earth... A lesson that will take time to resolve in La-La Land is one that Leaders facilitators Urbancanda teach: regaining trust after things go wrong.
"Go wrong" is hugely subjective in our world: did a deal turn sour? an application die in committee? your call for more social housing or community amenity go unheard? or your team get decimated in a budget cut or merger?
A key part of FoL's 2017 #Placemaking programme is bringing different perspectives together. As Ros Dunn put it at a 2016 Estate Renewal roundtable, we could start by listing shared priorities on a sheet of A4... and then sort out how we get there. Following an energising launch and roundtable, #Placemaking continues in that vein on 9th March with a workshop on communicating priorities and on 25th April with a King's Cross visit, setting the scene for our field trip series.
An area where we're working to build trust is the #DiversityPledgeLDN campaign, which just celebrated its six-month anniversary; critically, MIPIM's London Stand has adopted the speaker diversity campaign, thanks to NLA/Pipers. It's about doing the right thing - and the smart thing as a competitive world city and sector. Find out more and pledge!
Speaking of smart, we also soft-launch FoL's Smarter Cities work with a 7th March cross-sector roundtable on Smarter Planning - briefing to follow - and City Hall hosts a bespoke GLA Housing Zones Update 28th March (hzn@futureoflondon.org.uk). 
Also keep an eye out for findings from our landlord-licensing assessment with LB Brent and an update on the impact of Crossrail with GVA. For now, we'll close with a heartfelt thanks to Vanessa Pilla, who's been a stellar Interim Head of Networks and will stay involved, and a warm welcome to permanent Head of Networks Nicola Mathers, who joins us from Design Council on 20th March. Can't wait!
Highlights and links to new reports are all below. I'm off to appal the French with my Quebecois accent and chair for my MIPIM supper, thanks to NLA/Pipers. If you'll be in Cannes and want to say hello, drop me a line.

À temps tôt!
Lisa Taylor
Chief Executive
"Not started yet but already @futureofldn #placemaking event has a good vibe"
@cyclonw, 8 Feb

Programme Highlights

Proposals for London: Placemaking

Managing Exposure
As part of their graduation, candidates in round 14 of our Future London Leaders programme will present pecha kucha-style presentations on their proposals for London - all on the topic of placemaking. Join us for the presentations on Wednesday 15 March, 4 to 6 pm, followed by networking. Email us to request a place.

Speaker Diversity Network Update

Tony Travers
Our #DiversityPledgeLDN campaign, supported by GVA and Hadley, has reached the six-month landmark! Close to 100 top organisations have pledged to support speaker diversity. For the chance to win a complementary place at our next expert-led Presentation Skills workshop, enter our Speaker Diversity Network e-badge competition.

Placemaking: Debating the Definitions

Our 2017 programme, Making the Case for Place, kicked off with a debate on 8 February to unravel the definitions of placemaking. Cross-sector panelists and guests discussed placemaking processes vs. outcomes, who benefits, who pays, and how to value placemaking. A summary of the event is available on our website.

Workspace that Works Report

Managing Exposure
Our Workspace that Works report, launched 21 February, sums up our year-long programme looking at the links between workspace and regeneration. Read the report here, catch up on our previous workspace events and stay tuned for more on workspace in our 2017 placemaking programme.

Housing Zones Progress Report

Workspace events
Future of London’s Housing Zones Progress Report, launched 26 January, looked at how Housing Zones are contributing to housebuilding in the capital. Speakers discussed the impact of the programme so far and what to expect in 2017. Read about the launch and download the report here.

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