Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Creative Cities Summit 2.0 coming to Detroit

Tired of Michigan being the poster child for economic crisis and Detroit the archetype for lost cause? Ready to imagine healthy economic development and make it happen? Want a brainstorm to clean out yesterday's ways from your mind? Eager to meet like-minded people from around the world who've met tough economic development challenges with creativity? Then get registered for the Creative Cities Summit 2.0 October 12-15 at the Detroit Renaissance Center.

Featuring a power hitter panel discussion with Richard Florida, author of Rise of the Creative Class, John Howkins, author of The Creative Economy, and Charles Landry, author of The Creative City, the conference will examine the Midwest as a megaregion, transportation innovation, marketing the creative city, the city's role in attracting and retaining talent and more.

Speakers include:

John Austin, Washington, D.C.-based Brookings Institution; and Richard Farnsworth, former Chicago Tribune reporter and author of Caught in the Middle: America's Heartland in the Age of Globalism.

Doug Farr, a Chicago-based architect and planner. The author of Sustainable Urbanism: Urban Design With Nature, Farr also will conduct an afternoon workshop on applying LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), the green building rating system, to neighborhood design.

Charles Landry, founder of the U.K.-based Comedia in 1978 and a leading authority on cultural development and how culture changes its development. He is credited with coining the term Creative Cities.

Majora Carter, founder of the non-profit environmental justice solutions corporation, Sustainable South Bronx (SSBx), is a MacArthur "genius," and one of Essence Magazine's 25 most influential African-Americans for 2007.