Future of London August 2016 Update
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August update – #DiversityPledgeLDN

Right - forget 'quiet August'; everyone we heard from was busier than ever, for the second year running. A good sign post-Brexit, and one we'll explore in our second cross-sector Brexit Breakfast Briefing at Arup on 29th Sept. 
 
Future of London's August highlight was last week's All-Network Meet-up at City Hall, where nearly 200 of you came together for a celebratory catch-up and an update on FoL and Alumni direction. More on those in the next newsletter.
 
The evening also launched our Speaker Diversity Pledge, supported by the Mayor of London. The goal is to have speaker panels better reflect the people who deliver and use London services. Details are below, but leading organisations including Bilfinger GVA, Thames Valley Housing, RTPI London and the Institution of Civil Engineers have already signed up. If ICE can break the mould, so can your organisation!
 
As with every FoL programme, there are opportunities to learn and network. For info or to join, email diversity@futureoflondon.org.uk 
 
Coming in Sept/Oct: a seasonal mix of roundtables and field trips - see below - plus a Housing Zones Network GLA Update; our report on managing public-sector climate change risk; the follow-up to our Doing More With Less conference; and the graduation of Future London Leaders Round 13, followed by the launch of Round 14. 
 
In closing, a heartfelt thanks to Urbancanda's Andrena Cumella, leaving FLL for a 'grown-up' job, to Seth Scafe Smith, leaving his Speaker Diversity Network internship for a graduate role at Deloitte, and to Meet-up sponsors Rydon Construction and Hadley Property Group
 
See you out there!
 
Lisa Taylor
Director

Programme Highlights

Spotlight: Smarter Planning for Smarter Cities

Managing London's Exposure to Climate Change
London's local authorities dealt with nearly 77,000 planning applications in the year to March 2016. Our latest spotlight looks at new ideas for managing the planning process to allow planners to take on more engaging, strategic work. Read the spotlight here and send us your ideas for creating a more efficient planning system.

Speaker Diversity Pledge

BIDs event
At our 24 August All-Network Meet-Up, we launched London's Speaker Diversity Pledge. Supported by the Mayor of London, the Pledge invites London's leaders to diversify the city's urban debate with new faces and voices. Read the Pledge on our website and contact us to find out about pledging or joining the speaker network.

Workspace that Works

Camden Workspace
Regeneration in Deptford town centre is bringing new workspaces to complement the area's longstanding creative spaces and artist studios. Find out more about our 19 July field trip to Deptford Market Yard, Cockpit Arts, and Deptford Dek here. Our next field trip takes place on 27 September to Hackney. Email us to request a place.

Making the Most of Build to Rent in London

Build to Rent
Our latest cross-sector senior roundtable discussed how boroughs can develop Build to Rent strategies and boost rental accommodation supply. Read the summary here. We've also been running field trips to Build to Rent schemes in London. Email us to request a place at our 21 September visit to Elephant & Castle.

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