London has often been described as ‘a city of villages’ – part of its unique character lies in the quality and the variety of its town centres and local neighbourhoods.
Neighbourhood governance, in turn, shapes the ways neighbourhoods develop and can play a vital role in addressing neighbourhood challenges, from crime to social isolation, to making a success of new development. Yet London’s neighbourhoods don’t tend to get the attention they deserve.
Centre for London invites you to the launch of Act Local, a collection of research papers and essays on the future of London’s neighbourhoods and neighbourhood governance.
A presentation of research findings will be followed by a panel of thought leaders exploring questions including:
- How can local services in neighbourhoods better serve residents after a decade of austerity?
- What role could new technology play in opening up new possibilities of neighbourhood engagement, participation and mobilisation, including crowdsourcing ideas, volunteers and money?
- What should the future relationship between local authorities, community organisations and private enterprises look like when shaping and reshaping our city?
19:00 Presentation & panel discussion
20:00 Networking & refreshments
20:30 Event close
Featured speakers include
Vidkhya Alakeson, Chief Executive, Power to Change
Indy Johar, Co-founder, Project00
Ben Rogers, Director, Centre for London
Debbie Weekes-Bernard, Deputy Mayor, Social Integration, Social Mobility, Community Engagement
Joe Wills, Senior Researcher, Centre for London
And more to be announced…