Speaker Recommendations - Getting through 2020

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Speaker Recommendations - Getting through 2020

We asked the speakers at The London Conference 2020 what they’ve been reading, watching, listening to and thinking about in 2020. Here is a selection of their suggestions, just in time for Lockdown 2.0.


Maria Adebowale Schwarte, Foundation for Future London

The Urbanist Podcast by Monocle, and People Like Us by Hashi Mohammed”

Vidhya Alakeson, Power to Change

“Power to Change have recently launched a new podcast series Then One Day…

“Interesting essay on cities from Bloomberg: How the coronavirus recovery is changing cities.”   [Editor’s note: the opening graphic on this article is worth exploring.]

James Crabtree, Lee Kuan Yew School of Policy, Singapore University

“The New Yorker – How coronavirus will reshape architecture.”

An excerpt: “Instead of replicating the old hygienic vacuum of modernism, Berke has been inspired by the vernacular devices that she notices popping up, the lines and barriers that individuals improvise from whatever’s at hand—plexiglass walls, shower curtains, or taped-together garbage bags that protect cashiers. Hula hoops help children stay apart in parks, and athletic trainers are using scaffolding as group pullup bars. “People are becoming, if not architects, the craftsmen and makers of safe spaces,” she said.

James Dellow , Dragon Hall

The West Wing is back on TV (All 4), just in time to remind us what leaders can look like…”

Ruth Duston, Primera, South Westminster Business Alliance and Victoria, Westminster and Northbank BIDs

“I’ve has been enjoying listening to Greg Clark’s Connected Places podcast. Always insightful about the evolution and future of cities, through the series Greg has brought his expertise to how COVID will impact the places we live, work and play in and develops ideas for the future.”

Fiona Fletcher-Smith, L&Q

“David Olusoga’s Black and British: a forgotten history”

Kat Hanna, Lendlease

“My shrunken world: lockdown in Camden – in pictures from the Guardian, as well as the photographer’s website

Bloomberg Citylab’s How 2020 remapped your world “

Olivia Harris, Dolphin Living and Westminster Property Association

“Museum of London’s Instagram account, @museumoflondon”

Jamie Heywood, Uber

“My pandemic saving book would be ‘Moro: The cookbook‘.  As we have all had to hunker down, I’ve found cooking and eating to be a source of real joy.  And the Moro cookbook with its mix of Spanish and North African recipes is just delicious.” 

Sayce Holmes-Lewis, Mentivity

“Book Suggestion: Black and British: A Forgotten History by David Olusoga
Podcast Suggestion: Race 2 Rise

Tiffany Lam, NEF Consulting

“An article that resonated with me is ‘Why We Must Talk About Race When We Talk About Bikes’ by Tamika Butler and this related series about race/cycling in Bicycling magazine.’

Audrey Tang, Taiwan’s Digital Minister, Executive Yuan

“When we see “internet of things”, let’s make it an internet of beings.
When we see “virtual reality”, let’s make it a shared reality.
When we see “machine learning”, let’s make it collaborative learning.
When we see “user experience”, let’s make it about human experience.
When we hear “the singularity is near”, let us remember: the Plurality is here.” 

How Taiwan’s civic hackers helped find a new way to run the country – the Guardian  

Caitlin Wilkinson, Generation Rent

Vittles. It examines life in the pandemic through food writing, including how cities like London are changing and adapting. Some of my favourite contributions have been on foraging for berries in South London’s Burgess Park, pub closures and community, and North London’s Turkish supermarkets. It’s a joy to read!”

Dimitri Zenghelis, Bennet Institute, University of Cambridge

“Rethinking Capitalism – a lecture by Simon Sharpe, BEIS”