Articles by Jessie Feller Hahn

About Jessie Feller Hahn

Jessie Feller Hahn is the Executive Director of Meeting of the Minds. She is an experienced urban planner, specializing in urban-regional policy with a particular focus on sustainability and clean energy. Previously, Jessie launched the successful Regional Energy Policy Program at Regional Plan Association in New York City. She has written numerous articles which have been featured in RPA’s Spotlight on the Region, The Hartford Courant, Urban Age Magazine, The Record, NPR, among others.

Dear 2015: An Invitation to Participate in a Global Discussion on the Future of Cities

Meeting of the Minds and Morris Strategy Group invite civic-minded leaders across sectors to participate in a group blogging event on October 6th. The event prompt is: The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city is like, and give...

Introduction to the Civic Innovation Spotlight

As the world’s leading center of innovation, San Francisco has a significant impact on international economic activity and culture creation. As the Bay Area Council Economic Institute reports, “the region’s ability to play a role in the creation of entirely new...

January 2015 Survey Results

Here at Meeting of the Minds, we are always working to keep our finger on the pulse of the ever-changing and converging urban sustainability, innovation and technology space. In early January, we asked our global network of leaders to complete a short survey related...

Q & A on Enhanced Infrastructure Financing Districts (EIFD)

On January 13th, 2015, Meeting of the Minds hosted a webinar discussion on a new set of infrastructure financing tools that had just become available in the state of California (video archive here). Our audience submitted over 100 questions to our panelists, many of...

Meeting of the Minds 2014 Final Report & Infographic

The Meeting of the Minds 2014 Final Report is now available. Download your PDF copy here: Download Final Report The final report includes statistics from the event and lead-up activities, a synopsis of the Detroit sessions with links to videos and slidedecks, media...

Meeting of the Minds 2014: Breaking New Ground with Urban Innovations, Connected Technology and Sustainability

Public sector, NGOs and private sector leaders to convene in Detroit For immediate release. What: Meeting of the Minds is an annual, global leadership summit focused on the development of smarter cities, next-gen infrastructure, and advanced urban development...

Transitioning to a Knowledge-Based Economy in Detroit

This blog post is a response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?” In my role as Executive Director of Meeting of the Minds, I have...

illuminating ideas: ENERGY & Sustainability Summit

Wednesday, April 16, 2014, 7:30am to Noon, Oakland Convention Center (1001 Broadway, Oakland) The Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce presents an educational half day economic development summit on April 16. This exciting event will explore how energy,...

Tactical Urbanism in Detroit Offers a Lesson for All

Detroit is an “insider’s town.” Behind seemingly inactive and abandoned buildings are events like Detroit SOUP and other bootstrap initiatives—all part of an extensive network of social and urban innovators. I was lucky enough to attend a ‘tactical urbanism’ event at...

A Preview of Sessions: Meeting of the Minds 2013 in Toronto

We are working hard to organize a rich line-up of sessions and speakers at Meeting of the Minds 2013 in Toronto this September. More importantly, we are building-in a lot of discussion and networking time for you to exchange ideas one-on-one with each other. Not all...

Equity, Demography and the Future of the American Economy

Advancing equity — just and fair inclusion into a society in which everyone can participate and prosper — has often been viewed separate from, or even opposed to, efforts to foster economic competiveness and efficiencies in the marketplace. This webinar makes the case...

Social and Economic Bridges: Deploying Technology in New Ways

This post is a response to a group blogging event organized by Meeting of the Minds and Tumml. Technology is not a panacea to solve urban poverty but recent innovations are starting to offer real solutions. The potential for technology to bridge social and economic...
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