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.