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[SOLD OUT] Visualizing the Future of Detroit: Creating Actionable Insights for Urban Infrastructure Design and Operation

On February 20, 2014, Meeting of the Minds and Cisco Systems will host a three-hour, invitation-only workshop in Detroit, presented by ForCity Corp. and CoSMo.


Insights from Modeling Undertaken By A Few Cities:
Case Study: Grenoble – enhancing density in target areas
Why Cities Need Complex System Modeling: The Nature of Cities
Unintended Consequences: the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Getting the Most out of Limited Resources: Optimizing the Whole, Not Just the Parts
Case Study: Designing for Resilience (with a focus on water)
Case Study: Unintended Consequences of Transit (Lyon)
Discussion: Selecting a Critical Challenge and a Big Idea to Address
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François Grosse

Senior Vice President, Digital Services, VeoliaEnvironnement (Paris, France)
Founder and Chairman, ForCity Corp. (Lyon, France)

François Grosse has been working 20 years for Veolia Environnement, world leader in waste, water, energy and mobility management. He will leave the Veolia Group at the end of 2013 to lead the Veolia spin-off, ForCity. ForCity is an established leader in systemic modelling as a service, supporting cities and businesses which operate and invest in urban and other infrastructure. As a Senior Vice President at Veolia Environnement, François Grosse has been working since 2009 on business models and strategies, management models, transition processes, and concepts of sustainable development, especially in waste management. For three years, he has been leading the Veolia “smart business” strategy (digital services).

François Grosse was educated as an engineer at the Ecole Polytechnique (Paris), and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines (Paris). His career began at Gaz de France (now GDF-Suez) first in the R&D department, and then at GDF headquarters as NGV project manager (natural gas vehicles). He joined the Veolia Group in 1993 and served in several managerial positions in France until 2006 in the waste and recycling business, as manager of business units and as CEO of a regional subsidiary. After that, he joined the German operations (COO, industrial services, recycling) and worked in Hamburg until 2009.

Michel Morvan, Ph.D.

Chairman & Founder
The CoSMo Company

Michel Morvan is the chairman of The CoSMo Company, a software and service startup he cofounded, which is specialised in complex systems modelling. He is a former Full Professor of Computer Science at École normale supérieure de Lyon, a former Senior Scientist (directeur d’études) at Écoles des hautes etudes en sciences sociales in Paris (chair “Complex Systems Modelling”) and was until June 2013 External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute (New Mexico, USA). From January 2009 to February 2013, he was Vice President for Strategic Intelligence and Innovation and Chief Scientist at Veolia Environment. There, he was responsible for all innovation activities, including the Veolia Innovation Accelerator, as well as other corporate strategic initiatives as the ForCity sustainable cities project. Michel is also the founder and former head of IXXI (Rhône Alpes Complex Systems Institute), the co-founder of the European Conference on Complex Systems as well as thefirst chair of the steering committee of this conference. He is a former member of the Institut Universitaire de France, as well as an Eisenhower Fellow and IHEE alumni.

William F. Wescott, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President, Americas
The CoSMo Company

Bill is a senior executive who has worked extensively on creating sustainable urban environments, addressing environmental goals, economic development and social values. At CoSMo, Bill is part of the leadership tip and is responsible for the business in the Amercias. Bill recently served as Vice President, Innovation for Veolia EnvironnementNorth America, where he co-founded and managed the Veolia Innovation Accelerator and worked with all of Veolia’s business divisions (water, waste, energy, and transportation) to identify, evaluate, and deploy meaningful cleantech innovations. He was also part of the ForCity leadership team to create more sustainable cities.

Bill is a frequent keynote speaker at international events and is a well-known leader in the environmental sector. A lifelong intra- and entrepreneur, Bill has worked with startups, corporations and investors to create new environmental businesses. He has extensive experience in environmental control technologies and best practices as well as in information and communication technologies. He has worked with top executives in the public sector and across industrial sectors including electric utilities, oil & gas, mining & metals, forest products, chemicals, and consumer products. Bill has served as an advisor to organizations including the Romanian (member of the delegation to the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro), Italian, Mexican, Brazilian, and U.S. governments, UNIDO, the Sustainable Performance Group Investment Fund, PROPEL Board of Directors, The Conference Board, The Pew Center on Global Climate Change, The Institute of the Americas, and the World Resources Institute.

Bill was an environment, health and safety consulting director at Arthur D. Little, Inc. where he worked for 15 years with over 100 clients across all sectors on 5 continents and in 4 languages (English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian). While at ADL, he founded and managed the EHS consulting practice in Latin America, living in Brazil and Mexico for five years.

Bill has a Ph.D. in Engineering and Public Policy from Carnegie Mellon (Dissertation: The Influence of Organizational Factors on the Effectiveness of Environmental Management; doctoral committee included Herbert Simon, Nobel Laureate in Economics) and BSE in Chemical Engineering from Princeton.


February 20, 2014
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Detroit, MI United States
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