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GRAND CHALLENGES LECTURE SERIES CAN CREATIVITY SAVE US? THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL HOUSING AFTER GRENFELL DARREN HENLEY 24 JANUARY 2018 | CHANCELLOR’S BUILDING WESTMINSTER THEATRE | 6.00PM-7.00PM FREE ADMISSION | REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE The pace and scale of global change can make us all as individuals feel powerless. From the shifting climate to technology that aggregates us as data, our future thinking is dogged by dystopian fear. But this is only one version of the future – there can be many others. In this talk, Darren Henley looks at how creativity – which precipitated these changes – can show us the way forward, and restore our power as individuals. Darren Henley is Chief Executive of the Arts Council. Having worked in radio for 25 years, he was appointed an OBE in 2013 for services to music which included his leadership of Classic FM for 15 years and his rich contribution to music education and cultural education including significant government reviews. He has written widely on creativity and cultural education. His most recent work, The Arts Dividend: Why Investment in Culture Pays (2016) explores the key benefits that art and culture bring to our lives. 4 PROFESSOR ANNE POWER 21 FEBRUARY 2018 | KEELE HALL | THE SALVIN ROOM 1.00PM-2.00PM | FREE ADMISSION REFRESHMENTS AVAILABLE creativity – which precipitated these changes – can show us the way forward Following the Grenfell fire and all its tragic consequences, the spotlight is on social landlords. They own over four million homes, housing around ten million tenants and nearly half of these live in multi-storey blocks of flats, where safety, security, repair and maintenance are critical. Recent events have sharpened the focus on the urgent need for more social housing at truly affordable rents, the need to invest properly in existing homes and communities and crucially, tenants’ needs to be heard and heeded. Will tenants be treated as full citizens with the same housing rights as property owners? Here Anne Power will discuss the following questions; Will social landlords rise to the challenge? Will the government stick to its work to make social housing matter? Will tenants be treated as full citizens with the same housing rights as property owners? Professor Anne Power became a Professor of Social Policy at the London School of Economics in 1996 and is Head of LSE Housing and Communities, a research group based within the Centre for Analysis of Social Exclusion. She has a long history of working on social housing and with people living and working in low-income communities, in Europe and America. She has written widely on housing, cities and low-income communities and her latest publication Cities for a Small Continent was published in 2016. 5