The London Papers will draw out six themes from all the contributions made to Changing London over the winter of 2013/14. Here are the first three.
The first asks, “What if the Mayor, its businesses, public services, charities and citizens determined to make London the greatest place on Earth to raise a child?”
The paper proposes one possible vision for London’s next Mayor: a city re-oriented around our children, guaranteeing the next generation a set of rights for which they could hold us to account. A great place to grow up.
The second asks how we build a city in which we all feel we belong?
“We know that some people who live in London, particularly in the centre, are just passing through for part of their lives or part of the week, but most of us aren’t. We belong here and have a right to be seen. We have a part to play, however small and want to be wanted. We have a voice and a right to be heard. These are the simple reciprocities, the give and take, of a place where people belong.”
The third asks how we craft a more equal city
“London is home to some of the world’s biggest businesses and its richest people, its most highly-rated restaurants and art and music and sport…yet a third of our children grow up in poverty. The richest Londoners can live up to 25 years longer than the poorest. Our highest-paid executives earned more by January 8th than the average Briton will earn all year. The greatest city in the world, perhaps, but for whom? And at what?
The fourth asks how we can do politics differently in London
Other London Papers have been about what the next mayor might do. This paper focuses on how they might do these and other things. It is about effective leadership and about retooling democracy for the 21st century. We believe an ambitious mayor should be willing to listen, be determined to collaborate, and be committed to rock solid values, consistently upheld.
The fifth asks how we can make London a healthier and safe place to live
For many, London is a harmful place: in the air we breathe, the food we eat, the violence we fear, the gap between the richest and poorest, and much more, our city can be bad for us. A city that does no harm would be made up of healthy communities, full of knowledgeable people.
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