At our eighth and final Let’s Talk Progress event we will hear from Devin Cook from MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge, about her work to identify, recognize and reward the innovators who are using technology for inclusion and shared prosperity. Come learn how Devin and her team are encouraging the next wave of job creating and wage increasing innovation and entrepreneurship, and what we can do to prepare for the Future of Work.
Our seventh event features a panel of local housing experts who are working to make Burlington and the greater metro area more affordable to live. We’ll hear from Brenda Torpy and Michael Monte from Champlain Housing Trust, and Regina Mahony from the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission about the current state of housing and what’s being done to address it. The panelists will also discuss the challenges we face in creating more affordable housing options and and what we can do to make Burlington more affordable for all residents.
Our sixth event will feature a Jazz style mindsession with local thought leaders on the topic of innovation and collaboration. Shannon Mitchell from GameTheory, Chris Thompson from Generator, David Bradbury from VCET, and Mark Naud from the VT Innovation Commons, will each lead a specifically themed round of improvised commentary on the future of collaborative spaces and how they inspire innovation in our city.
Our fifth event features a panel of local entrepreneurs who are growing their businesses in Burlington. We’ll hear from Sascha Mayer of Mamava, Gary Margolis of Social Sentinel, Ethan Bechtel of OhMD, and Abbott Stark of Ogee, about the advantages and challenges of running a startup in Burlington. Cairn Cross from FreshTracks Capital will moderate the All Star panel and drill down on what we can do to make the Queen City an even better place to start and grow a business.
At our fourth talk we’ll hear from Emily Talen, professor of Urbanism at the University of Chicago, about how to create equitable growth. Professor Talen is a national leader in Urban design and development and she will talk about the impact the built environment has on affordability and diversity in cities. She will discuss strategies for accommodating density and encouraging walkable neighborhoods that are identifiable, serviced, diverse, and connected.
At our third talk we’ll hear from Svante Myrick the Mayor of Ithaca NY, about how his city is addressing everything from housing affordability to decaying infrastructure to panhandling. Adopting form-based code, investing in the revitalization of the downtown commons, and creating innovative incentives has led to economic growth, thriving public spaces, and lower individual tax rates.
At our second of eight talks we’ll learn how Andrew Howard of Team Better Block is working to strengthen the connection between people and the places they share through Community Placemaking, a hands-on approach to collectively reimagining and then re-shaping public spaces at the heart of the community. Come hear how communities are capitalizing on local assets to create quality public spaces that support their ongoing evolution, and stay for a hands-on workshop after the talk. The talk is open to all, but due to the hands-on nature of the skills workshop it is limited to 50 participants.