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A Shared Vision for London

Tuesday 19th April 2016
6.30pm - 8.15pm, Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral

London is renowned for its unique history, role and status in the world and is regularly ranked as a top city for being 'globally engaged'. Cultural variety and activity, career opportunity, world-class higher education and an integrated blend of economic sectors and local communities are hallmarks of its recent success. However, there are also clear and growing challenges to overcome. Increasing inequality and wage pressures, housing supply and affordability, lagging school performance, long-term infrastructure investment, crowding and environmental overload, community cohesion and civic disengagement are just some of the more pressing concerns.

These are shared problems which people across all communities and sectors can recognise, but often self-interest is prioritised over common solutions. The forthcoming Mayoral election in May, as with all political campaigns, risks polarising Londoners rather than seeking consensus around what the common good looks like and means in practice. At the same time, it presents an opportunity to focus our collective attention on defining more clearly what we want this great city to become.

Organised in partnership between CoVi and St Paul's Institute, this event will organise questions around crowdsourced themes and audience participation to develop consensus from the great, the good and the everyday citizens in order to bring together a shared vision for the future of our city. Can we make London liveable for all, not just the wealthy? How can London continue to be a beacon of prosperity and diversity to the world and not isolate itself from the rest of the country? Where is the shared narrative that we can rally around in order to live, work and create together most effectively? What might be holding us back, and who can we look to for new forms of leadership and community expression?


Alison Gelder - Chief Executive, Housing Justice

Danny Kruger - Chief Executive, West London Zone

Bharat Mehta OBE - Chief Executive, Trust for London

Jasvir Singh - Co-Chair, Faiths Forum for London; Founding Chair, City Sikhs

Sophie Walker - Mayoral Candidate, Women's Equality Party

Chaired by the Revd Canon Prof Richard Burridge - Dean of King's College London

Tickets for this event are free, but places are limited so registration is essential.

To register for tickets please visit:

Doors open at 6pm for a 6.30pm start.

Crowdsourced Questions:

This event will be shaped by crowdsourced questions submitted prior to the event, and followed by further Q&A from the audience.What do you think are the biggest priorities which will help shape a positive future for London? And how can we help to create a city that works in the interests of the many, not just the few?

You can contribute a question for our speakers, and vote on the questions submitted by others, via CoVi's website here. Alternatively, please email us your question at