Future of London Jan 2016 Update
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January Update – Full steam ahead

Hello all –
 
Aside from a few people whose first week back was a quiet anomaly, it seems we’ve all hit the ground in some mad Highlands triathlon, let alone running. The FoL programme is in full swing, with work on Housing Zones, Business Improvement Districts, Estate Renewal, and ‘Workspace that Works’ all well underway, plus a 25th February roundtable on the successes and scalability of borough-led social lettings agencies. See below for highlights and dates.

We’re also delighted to launch the 12th round of Future London Leaders on 20th January – this cohort will take our Alumni Network beyond the 200 mark; a fitting time to  add an Alumni  space on FoL’s board of directors.  This development is hot off the press, so we’ll be contacting alumni via their steering group reps shortly to seek nominations.

In related news, the whole FoL network is invited to get involved with and/or attend the 9th March launch of our Diversity Speakers’ Network. To take part in this initiative to add new voices and more diversity to London’s urban debate, contact us via events@futureoflondon.org.uk. Everyone is also welcome to the 16th March final presentations of FLL Round 11 – fittingly, their views on the most important leadership criteria for the next mayor. Watch for details in next month’s update.

For those of you planning to attend MIPIM, I’d love to talk with you. NLA has kindly provided a space, so I’ll be there this year, chairing a couple of sessions and talking up FoL.

More immediately, a warm welcome to LB Newham, our newest member, and a big thanks to FoL board director Judith Damerell of Lewis Silkin, who’s been a valuable addition and is taking a sabbatical. Partner and Head of Construction Clare Reddy has been voted in as her proxy; welcome and thanks to her too!

See you out there!
 
Lisa Taylor
Director

Programme Highlights

Delivering Estate Renewal

Localism in London
Our work on estate renewal continues this month with a series of senior roundtables on the challenges facing housing regeneration in London. The first, on 25th January, will explore strategy in the light of recent policy changes. These events are kindly hosted by Bilfinger GVA, with support from Pollard Thomas Edward and Lewis Silkin.

Business Improvement Districts

London's BIDs
Future of London and research partner Rocket Science's project on the future of London's BIDs continues apace, bringing together the views of BIDs, local government and support organisations on the future role of BIDs in London. We'll be launching the report on the morning of 10th March at the Shard; to register your interest, please email us.

Workspace that Works

Workspace that Works
In 2016, we will be exploring innovative approaches to SME workspace provision, with a focus on how this can complement regeneration and economic development. As well as case studies on best practice from around the Capital, we'll also be running regular field trips as part of our Communities in Transition series. Read more on our website.

Housing Zones Network

Housing Zones Network
The next session of FoL's Housing Zones Network will take place on 16th February, with programme news from the GLA and 'on the ground' updates from three of the zones. HZN members can RSVP to hzn@futureoflondon.org.uk. Not yet a member? Email us to find out more!

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