Sustainable City Strategists To Meet In Detroit

Meeting Of The Minds Tackles Sustainability Issues, Opportunities

Meeting Of The Minds has become a premier global leadership summit focused on creating smarter and more sustainable cities. They will gather again next fall.

From September 30-October 2, it will convene a select group of 375 leaders from 20 countries in Detroit. Each of the invited leaders is working at the cutting edge of urban sustainability, seeking out breakthrough innovations, and utilizing connected technologies.
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“For two-and-a-half days, we’ll gather to dive into the most critical challenges facing our communities,” said founder Gordon Feller, Director of Urban Innovations, Cisco Systems
Co-founder, Meeting of the Minds. “Each year we accomplish a few key goals: build a stronger network of leaders, identify partners to scale solutions beyond the confines of our own organizations, and learn from innovators who are transforming their cities.”

Detroit provides Meeting of the Minds 2014 with an ideal platform to understand which key ingredients make it possible to build alternative and positive urban futures. Meeting of the Minds 2014 will highlight a select list of solutions and strategies from around the world. Each of these will be featured on stage and in workshop tours throughout the city. They have been chosen because they move one or more of the key actors: investors and lenders, philanthropists, entrepreneurs, innovators, designers, technologists, managers, policy-advisors, policy-makers, and citizens. Among the questions under the spotlight include:

  *   How well are some cities doing as they seek to redefine themselves?
*   Which cities are seeing success on the road to creating cleaner and smarter industry clusters?
*   Why do some cities succeed in the competitive race to attract and retain talent?
*   How do we fairly serve all the city’s residents?
*   What enabling technologies and policies help cities to become greener, safer and more livable?
*   Are there scalable solutions which are also replicable and transferable from one city to another?
*   How are urban leaders building cross-sector bridges?
*   What are specific and practical innovations that city leaders – from the private, public and independent sectors – are now implementing to accelerate the transition?


Detroit’s facing some huge challenges, especially as it emerges from bankruptcy. Fortunately, this is a city which is now home to a cluster of outstanding urban innovators, many of whom are working to solve problems that are immediately relevant to many other cities on all continents. Our newly designed 3-hour workshop tours will enable you to see and experience these innovations first-hand. You’ll meet some remarkable front-line pioneers. In smaller groups you’ll discuss how these themes are playing out in your city.

A sampling of some of the sites and projects highlighted in our workshop tours:

  *   First-time look at smart city demos developed for this Meeting by DTE Energy Co., Itron Corp., and Cisco Systems
*   Exclusive access to Rock Ventures’ real-time monitoring of 40 downtown buildings
*   Qualcomm’s next-gen connected vehicle
*   Detroit’s brand new innovation district
*   Tech incubators + commercialization spaces
*   Cleantech energy and mobility projects sponsored by the US Dept. of Defense and the US Dept. of Energy
*   Southwest Detroit’s small-scale revitalization and urban interventions


These workshop tours are only one part of an engaging program which includes a rich variety of plenary sessions, Big Innovation Talks, networking, cocktail receptions and locally-sourced meals.

Please visit http://cityminded.org/events/detroit for more event information.

About Gary Chandler

Gary R. Chandler is a sustainability author and strategist. Follow him on Twitter @Gary_Chandler
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