Meeting of the Minds 2015 convened October 20-22, 2015 in Berekeley and Richmond, CA. This page contains videos, photos and media coverage of the event, which we will post as we receive them. You can expect a final report from all 2015 activities, including Meeting of the Minds 2015, in early 2016.
George W. "Mac" McCarthy, president and CEO of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, explores the use of the mechanism of value capture to finance urban infrastructure -- widely used in Latin America, but just starting to get attention in the U.S.
Food System Mapping and Resiliency Planning: Where Is Your Food Coming From During the Next Superstorm?
This session highlights urban food mapping and resiliency strategies in three cities—Boston, New York and San Francisco.
Hear from some of Richmond's local leaders regarding only a few of the many revitalization projects taking place in the City of Richmond.
Local Answers for Under-Resourced Cities – The Future of Partnerships, Pro Bono and Service-Based Innovation
Find out how new private sector partnership models and pro bono services enable city government to implement lasting solutions. Many cities from New York to Chicago to Minneapolis-St. Paul to San Jose have successfully adapted the Civic Consulting model and are now working with civic-minded businesses on large-scale civic innovations with meaningful impact.
The top three Civic and Industrial Hackathon teams presented the apps and IoT solutions they developed as part of the 2015 Meeting of the Minds Hackathon. Their challenge was to develop an application for smart and sustainable cities that is directly relevant to the needs of Richmond.
How are Global South cities in Latin America and Africa developing and implementing BRT and solving the interface between people and mobility systems? This session explores the factors required to make BRT work and compares the BRT trends in these countries to North American cities.
Despite increasing expenditures in health, the US is falling in key indicators of health. Pioneers in the health field are now focused on how to improve health through integration with upstream determinants of health such as education, the built-environment, micro-finance, and community organizing. This session will feature leading national initiatives that are breaking new ground through innovative models of deep multi-sector collaboration.
Issue Media Group and Meeting of the Minds are proud to announce a new initiative, made possible by support from the Kresge Foundation.
As the Toyota Mirai launched in California in October, we might have asked ourselves “why should we care about Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles?” The answer has less to do with the car as it does the dawn of a “Hydrogen Society.”
This unique session brings together leaders from different smart city sectors to discuss how a more comprehensive approach can truly be accomplished if we are to successfully upgrade more cities into smart and connected places to live, work and play.
The San Francisco Bay waterfront poses a climate and seismic challenge. In thinking about the future of urban communities on the water’s edge, particularly Richmond, Tom Leader and his studio have developed a series of thought pieces and design concepts that challenge our notions about the viability of where and how we prepare for a changing climate, rising sea levels, shifting seismic activity, environmental impacts, economic livelihoods, industry, energy, and social sustainability.
Hear about innovations from urban focused start-ups in social services, municipal financing, and the transportation sector.
When Singapore gained independence in 1965, providing water for its population and economy was a seemingly impossible challenge for the new Government. Today, through sound water management policies and investments in R&D, the city-state boasts of a vibrant and thriving water sector that has become a model of sustainable urban water management for the world.
Hear about the latest developments from one of the most prominent sponsors of change-oriented organizations working to shift the debate about Brazil's urban futures.
The Kresge Foundation’s President Rip Rapson talks about the extraordinary circumstances associated with the Detroit's bankruptcy, which propelled philanthropy in unexpected directions. These new approaches represent the next generation of philanthropy for Kresge and for the entire sector.
Leslie Lynn Smith discusses how we can redefine cities and neighborhoods by catalyzing innovative ideas, and the audacious founders that develop them into startup companies.
The sharing economy is now much more than two buzzwords. But how exactly to scale up? We’ve asked an executive from one of the sharing economy’s best success stories to unravel the mystery. Today, the Bay Area stands as one of the most, if not the most, expansive integrated network of car sharing, and a case study for other cities and regions looking to do the same.
Reinventing local government means enabling innovative ways for young citizens to interact with each other and with their government. After testing new approaches, Michael Vole of Tel Aviv's Young Adults Department has found some underlying principles that might also work in your city.
How can we make buildings more efficient as well as provide a healthier and more productive environment for the individuals who occupy them? The answer is through technology innovation. Learn how Wells Fargo has created a unique program and platform that creates an ecosystem around the problem and opportunity related to commercial building energy use.
Using the Vancouver housing market as a petri dish for discovery, THNK School of Creative Leadership has asked "how might alternative and digital currencies increase access to affordable low-carbon housing for those in need?" Find out what innovation partners like the City of Vancouver and the Digital Finance Institute have discovered about how fintech and alternative financial models are impacting urban landscapes and providing surprising hope for global communities.
Chris Hamel discusses the solution to financing the massive backlog of U.S. infrastructure–a new approach that the municipal industry should have an active voice in guiding.
This unique beverage, brewed by Mavericks Brewing, a sister company of the Half Moon Bay Brewing Co., uses high purity recycled California water to create a remarkable taste. A panel of leaders from government, the food industry, and the water industry participated in this blind tasting.
Hear from leaders in multiple sectors who are creating better methods and building stronger bridges between formal learning organizations, governments, the private sector, and non-profits.
Van Ton-Quinlivan discusses how community colleges are positioning themselves as vital contributors to the retooling underway in their cities and how they will change the ways that the next generation of leaders, makers and citizens get trained for their future roles.
Photos from Meeting of the Minds 2015 can be found at Flickr.com.
Media and Blog Coverage
- Annie Sciacca, Bay Area Biztalk: Will People Swallow Beer Made from Recycled Water? Bay Area craft brewer thinks so
- Berkeley School of Information: I Schoolers Named Finalists in Hackathon for Smart & Sustainable Cities
- Anthony Flint, CityLab: What NASA Can Teach Urban Planners
- Alex Donn & Jessie F. Hahn, CityMinded.org: Meeting of the Minds 2015 Hackathon Recap
- Karina Ioffee, Contra Costa Times: Urban Age Institute’s Meeting of the Minds drawn to Richmond’s energy
- Karina Ioffee, Daily Democrat: Richmond Meeting of the Minds summit takes new approach to tackle city issues
- Energyworx: Our participation at Meeting of the Minds 2015
- Ben Miller, FutureStructure: Emerging Air Quality Mapping Tech Shows Promise for Industrial Cities
- Manon Gustave, MenuPages Magazine: Blind Taste Tests for Beer from Recycled Water!
- Tom Dallessio, Next City: Who is Designing the 21st-Century City
- Brad Bailey, Richmond Confidential: Meeting of the Minds aims to design more livable cities
- Maya Craig, Richmond Confidential: Conference highlights innovative approaches for sustainable city
- Valerie Neumark, Rootid: Our First Hack-A-Thon: Joys & Lessons Learned
- John King, San Francisco Chronicle: 2 concepts for shaping region’s future shoreline
- Peter Fimrite, San Francisco Chronicle: Beer made from recycled water passes taste test
- Simularity: Simularity Partners with Yamaha Motor USA to Win Industrial Hackathon at Meeting of the Minds Conference
- Wojciech Warias, Smart & Resilient Cities: Hackathon takes on 7 smart city issues
- Kristine Wong, TakePart: Singapore Has No Natural Water Supply, but the Country Isn’t Going Thirsty
- Chris Tholstrop & Colin Brown, Venturexcel: Urban sustainability looks like a good idea after all