How to make London the best place to grow up

Some weeks ago, I wrote about the Changing London platform: Two Londoners, David Robinson and Will Horwitz, set up a site to showcase, debate and develop bold, ambitious ideas for London’s next Mayor from London’s citizens and friends.

Over the European winter of 2013/14, almost 150 blog posts were submitted packed with ideas for the city. Now, they have started pulling them together into a series of six discussion papers.

Their goal is to launch a paper for a month, in order to inform and influence the debate about the mayoralty and to help lift the ambitions of the next mayor.

The first one is ‘The Best Place in the World to Grow Up’, and you can download it here. They explain:

This paper draws on the ideas (…) to propose 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 ideas are – we hope – thought-provoking and in some cases radical but they are tentative and there is far more to say.”

Children having fun, singing in the park for passerbys. Photo: U.S. Embassy London - https://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassylondon/

Children having fun, singing in the park for passerbys. Photo: U.S. Embassy London – https://www.flickr.com/photos/usembassylondon/

Summing up: What if the Mayor, its businesses, public services, charities and citizens determined to make London the greatest place on Earth to raise a child? It is part of its content: a fun, friendly community, the first step into a career, a decent income and good home and the right to be heard.

Why bother? Well, they hope politicians will pick ideas – you can contribute. After all, the London mayor has the UK’s largest directly elected mandate. Electors should support candidates with a vision and a programme that matches the scale of the opportunity; fair, deliverable and ambitiously bold. So be it!

School children visiting the British Museum – Photo: Jorge Royan - http://www.royan.com.ar/Royan/Home.html

School children visiting the British Museum – Photo: Jorge Royan – http://www.royan.com.ar/Royan/Home.html