Talks

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.

Detroit to Memphis: Post-Industrial Urban Economic Development and Revitalization Strategies

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.

Anatomy of an Expansion: One Region-wide Car Sharing Network is Filling Big Gaps

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.

The New City Hall

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.

Next-Gen Commercial Buildings: From Lab to Marketplace

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.

Digital Finance, Alternative Currencies and Housing in Vancouver

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.

Infrastructure Financing – Expanding the Options

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.

The Unveiling of Mavericks, California’s Newest Beer

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.

Rethinking the Future Urban Workforce – New Education, Human Capital and Skill Building Models

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.

The Colleges We Need to Create the Cities We Want

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.

A NASA Vision for Our Urban Future

Rose Grymes shares concepts NASA is exploring with intriguing applications for urbanscapes, such as water purification, robotics, 3-D transportation and more.

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