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Escape To The City Lecture

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by Bryony Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
What Does Urban Growth Mean for the Future?

21st Century Challenges is a project run by The Royal Geographical Society. The geography of a landscape has a key impact on society and the environment, and in the twenty-first century it is creating particular challenges both locally and globally.

The aim of the project is to help people better understand, tackle, and question the challenges of the future, through a series of discussions. The next discussion is titled Escape to the City, and will take place on the 26th June between 6.30pm - 8pm.

By 2050 it is expected that about 75% of the world's population will live in cities. How will this affect our quality of life? Speakers will include Rachel Cooper OBE, the Professor of Design Management at the University of Lancaster, Leo Hollis, the author of international bestseller, Cities are Good for You, Jeremy Bentham, who is Vice President of Shell, and Dr George Mackeron, the creator of Mappiness happiness mapping app. People who download Mappiness will be sent daily survey questions about their mood, which will be used to correlate people's happiness in relation to their location.

Tickets are 10, which can be booked by calling 020 7591 3100.

Key topics of discussion will be:

How does London compare to other cities around the world?
What positive impacts can urban living have on wellbeing?
What negative impacts can urban living have on wellbeing?
What do we mean by wellbeing?
How can we measure wellbeing?
How can we use best practice and examples from other cities to mitigate the negatives?
How can the public have their say?
Given the choice would you escape to the city?
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Why? Learn about the challenges we face in the future
When: 26th June, 6pm
Phone: 020 7591 3100
Where: Royal Geographical Society
Cost: 10
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