Meeting of the Minds 2013
From September 9-11, 2013, Meeting of the Minds will convene an international summit of 350 invited urban sustainability and connected technology leaders in Toronto, Ontario.
We’ll explore a rich variety of strategic investments, smart policies and breakthrough technological innovations — all designed to enable cities and regions to better respond to increasingly complex urban planning, design, technology and development challenges.
For the past seven years, we’ve gathered in different cities with a single purpose: to identify tested and untested solutions that can help us build connected and sustainable cities and regions, and to share those solutions with each other. We gather this year at Evergreen Brick Works – a LEED Platinum facility that stands as a remarkable example of adaptive reuse, brownfield remediation, and Toronto’s commitment to urban sustainability.
A key component of Meeting of the Minds is enabling innovation. Our events help link urban leaders in the private, nonprofit and public sectors in order to identify and share solutions. Meeting of the Minds will connect you, the innovators, with two often missing ingredients: living labs ready to become early adopters and partners willing to step up with vitally needed support and cutting edge tools.
Our speakers and invited delegates are thought leaders working at the cutting edge of urban systems: economic and environmental sustainability, social inclusion, clean energy and water strategies, advanced technology, and transformational design, planning and policies.
Meeting of the Minds includes hours of programming and networking so you can meet like-minded leaders who are pushing the boundaries through their work. Our goal is for you to come away with breakthrough ideas, inspiration and new partnerships.
Meeting of the Minds is an initiative of:
Urban Age Institute
Since it was founded in 1999, Urban Age Institute (UAI) has been dedicated to a singular proposition: bring together a carefully chosen set of key urban sustainability and technology stakeholders and gather them around a common platform in ways that help build lasting alliances. UAI believes that such a platform is a vital ingredient for smart, sustainable and equitable urban (re)development strategies.
Urban Age Magazine was founded inside the World Bank in 1991, and spun off in 1999 as an independent non-profit organization. UAI’s glossy print magazine, published in five languages, was focused on the many dimensions of city-scale innovation: economics, politics, governance, and culture. It’s notable that all of this was being published well before ‘smart cities’ and ‘sustainable development’ became part of the metropolitan lexicon.
UAI launched Meeting of the Minds in 2007 to extend the Institute’s mission, to connect disparate leaders from different worlds, to spotlight innovators working in near-isolation. In 2012, Meeting of the Minds took it to the next level by launching its blog at CityMinded.org. A new communications strategy quickly took shape, with monthly webinars; the Meeting of the Minds Magazine; monthly meet-ups; and other direct outreach activities. Each activity aims to leverage the thought leadership that crystallizes during each Meeting — and that open conversation continues during the months that follow.