Innovations in Financing Infrastructure

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.

Setting the Context: Richmond’s Innovations at Work

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.

2015 Meeting of the Minds Civic and Industrial Hackathon Winners

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.

Sharing the Road: BRT & Global South Urban Mobility

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.

Health: A Critical Missing Element of Economic Vitality

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.

Urban Innovator Spotlight

Issue Media Group and Meeting of the Minds are proud to announce a new initiative, made possible by support from the Kresge Foundation.

Remixing the 21st Century Transport Recipe

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.”

Are We There Yet? Getting Farther Down the Road to the Smart City

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.

Richmond Bayway: Planning for the Waterfront in 2100

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.

Crowdsourcing and Crowdfunding 2.0: Reinventing Urban Systems

Hear about innovations from urban focused start-ups in social services, municipal financing, and the transportation sector.

The Water and Drought Crisis: Learning from Abroad

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.

Brazil’s Cities: In Contention, In Transition

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.

Post-Bankruptcy Detroit: Where Do We Go Now?

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.

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