Connect To Prosper – The Power Of Networks

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An annual talk delivered by the President of Gresham College, The Rt Hon The Lord Mayor of the City of London.

Cities are networked networks of connectivity and information sharing. They create, often indirectly, communication, transportation, commercial, and intellectual networks.  For the City of London, expanding and changing networks develop its strengths. Over 40 learned societies, 70 universities, and 130 research institutes surround the City of London, creating a network of knowledge connections among science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics, and finance.  

In this annual lecture, Professor Michael Mainelli, President of Gresham College, Honorary Life Fellow, and Lord Mayor of the City of London, will draw upon his more than two decades of research into smart and financial centres worldwide.  

He will explain how the 2023-2024 Mayoral theme: “Connect To Prosper”, with its emphasis on multi-disciplinary networks, hopes to link forces to advance, just a bit, a few solutions to global problems.

After the talk there will be a discussion with Professor Julia Black, Professor Mark Birkin and Professor Michael Batty. 

Monday, 20 November 2023

18:00 - 20:00 GMT


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    Professor Michael Mainelli
    Lord Mayor of the City of London
    City of London Corporation
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    Professor Julia Black
    British Academy
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    Professor Michael Batty
    Bartlett Professor of Planning
    University College London
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    Professor Mark Birkin
    Professor of Spatial Analysis and Policy
    University of Leeds

The Old Library - Guildhall Library
Gresham Street
London EC2V 7HH

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