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:
Participants are asked to write their response to the prompt and publish it on their website at exactly 9am, local time, on October 6th, 2015. Please include a link to the following URL in your response:
On the day of the event, a complete list of participants, with links to their responses, will be included at the above URL. To be included in the list of participants, email the link to your response to firstname.lastname@example.org, or share it via Twitter using the hashtag #dear2015.
In the context of a rapidly urbanizing world, with two-thirds of the world’s population expected to live in cities by 2050, this event aims to explore the unique challenges and opportunities that the next 35 years will bring.
Some critical questions to consider:
- How will we address our critical energy, infrastructure, food, water and transportation needs?
- What technologies will emerge to help cities cope with climate change, pollution and density?
- What will the 21st century urban core and suburbs look like, and how will they address and improve social equity?
- In short, what will our cities look like in 2050?
Third Annual Group Blogging Event
Dear 2015 is the third group blogging event in what has become a annual, global conversation. Previous group blogging events discussed social equity, technology and economic opportunity in cities, and attracted dozens of writers from public, private, academic and philanthropic organizations. For a complete list of responses from previous group blogging events, see:
- How Could Cities Better Connect All Their Residents to Economic Opportunity?
- How Is Technology Impacting Social and Economic Divisions in Cities?
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About the Partners
Meeting of the Minds
Meeting of the Minds is an international knowledge sharing platform focused on the innovators and initiatives at the bleeding edge of urban sustainability and connected technology. Through our blog, magazine, webinars, monthly meetups, workshops, roundtables, and an annual summit held each fall, we invite international leaders from the public, private, non-profit, academic and philanthropic sectors to identify innovations that can be scaled, replicated and transferred from city-to-city and across sectors.
Meeting of the Minds is an initiative of Urban Age Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit. Join 400+ other city-minded professionals at the annual Meeting of the Minds Summit, October 20-22, in Richmond and Berkeley, CA.
Morris Strategy Group
The Morris Strategy Group is a strategic consultancy that advises governments, businesses, and non-profit organizations in the United States and abroad on how to develop innovative tools to capture the social and economic benefits of our increasingly urbanized world.
Our team of professionals has a wide range of experience working in some of the highest levels of public service and the private sector to help our clients develop and implement the innovative solutions they need to achieve their goals.
More information at: morrisstrategygroup.com
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