Speaker Series

The Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series is an implementation strategy of The Tomorrow Plan, offered as a resource to community leaders to learn best practices from some of the country’s leading thinkers.

The Speaker Series touches on a wide range of topics related to creating a high quality of life in metropolitan areas, including the sharing economy, the effects of transportation and housing on public health, walkability, water quality, public transit and more. Speakers and details of their talks are outlined below and will be updated as they are scheduled.


Speaker Jason Roberts: Better Blocks start with residents

Changing your city doesn’t have to be a daunting task that’s left to experts. There are small, simple changes that amateurs can make at the block level that have dramatic ripple effects which cascade through the city.

That’s the central message of Jason Roberts, founder of the Better Block Foundation and the next speaker in The Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series. His talk is at noon Tuesday, April 10, at the State Historical Building in Des Moines.

“Cities around the world recognize that to stay competitive – to retain talent, industry and business – they need to become more walkable and more livable,” Roberts said. “So what are rapid, low-cost ways to retrofit our environments? Give tools and resources to the communities and empower them to make change.”


DETAILS

Tuesday, April 10
11:30 a.m. – Lunch and historical preview with State Curator Leo Landis from the State Historical Society of Iowa
12 – 1 p.m. – Keynote with Roberts
1 – 1:30 p.m. – Q & A with Roberts
State Historical Building
600 E. Locust St., Des Moines

RSVP & LUNCH

Please RSVP.
Bag lunches from Cafe Baratta’s available for purchase online at:
app.tikly.co/events/2554


Roberts is the founder of the Oak Cliff Transit Authority, founder of the original Better Block Project, and co-founder of Art Conspiracy and Bike Friendly Oak Cliff. In 2010, Jason organized a series of “Better Block” projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Southern Dallas and converting them into temporary walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping. The project has now become an international movement and has been featured in The New York Times, Dwell magazine, TED Talks and on National Public Radio.

Roberts and Better Block team members are touring Iowa in April, providing technical assistance to enhance creative placemaking efforts in Cedar Rapids, Dubuque, Fort Dodge, Greenfield and Keokuk. His visit is possible because of the support of the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series is an implementation strategy of The Tomorrow Plan, a plan for the sustainable development of Greater Des Moines. New this year is a partnership with Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs, which is hosting the series and enlisting experts from the State Historical Society of Iowa to present brief historical preview talks before each keynote presentation. For more information, please visit dmampo.org/the-tomorrow-plan/speaker-series/.


Partners bring internationally renowned resiliency trainer to Greater Des Moines

In an era of constant disruptions, what gives communities the ability to bounce back in the face of new challenges? What does it mean for the way we build—and rebuild—cities, neighborhoods, industries and networks? In times of change, why do some people, communities, companies and systems thrive, while others fall apart?

These are some of the questions asked and answered by international resiliency trainer and speaker Andrew Zolli, co-author of “Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back” and a strategic advisor to a wide array of governmental organizations, NGOs, startups, cultural and civil society groups, and companies such as Nike and GE. He will be a special guest to Greater Des Moines on April 25 for a community conversation about the resiliency of the region’s people and institutions.

“If we cannot control the volatile tides of change, we can learn to build better boats,” Zolli writes in “Resilience.” “We can design­—and redesign—organizations, institutions, and systems to better absorb disruption, operate under a wider variety of conditions, and shift more fluidly from one circumstance to the next.”

Zolli’s trip to Greater Des Moines is a follow-up to a meeting last summer, when 150 nonprofit executive directors, board members and their corporate partners met to discuss how to navigate through times of disruption. To continue the conversation, several organizations have partnered to bring Zolli to Greater Des Moines for a day of discussion that is open to the public and especially applicable to leaders working in corporate, government and nonprofit settings.

There will be two opportunities to learn more about the emerging field of resilience and its applicability at the individual, organizational and community level to ensure continuity and recovery in the face of constant change. First, Zolli will give a talk as part of The Tomorrow Plan Speaker Series over the lunch-hour. That afternoon, he will lead a half-day nonprofit leadership training opportunity.

Both events are free and open to the public, but space is limited and registration is required. Details are below.


Learning to Bounce Back: Creating Resilient Communities

DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

TIME:    11:30 a.m.  Pick up prepaid lunches.

11:45 a.m.  Historical preview with State Curator Leo Landis

12 – 1 p.m.  Keynote with Andrew Zolli.

LOCATION:  State Historical Building, Museum of Iowa, 600 E Locust St, Des Moines.

FEE:       Event is free. Lunch (optional) is $11.

LUNCH: Bag lunches from Cafe Baratta’s available for purchase online at app.tikly.co/events/2677

RSVP:  Please RSVP online at app.tikly.co/events/2677

AUDIENCE: Corporate and nonprofit CEOs, board members, community leaders, elected officials, planners, change-makers, committee and task-force members, and more.


Learning to Bounce Back: Creating Resilient Communities

DATE: Wednesday, April 25, 2018

TIME:    11:30 a.m.  Pick up prepaid lunches.

11:45 a.m.  Historical preview with State Curator Leo Landis

12 – 1 p.m.  Keynote with Andrew Zolli.

LOCATION:  State Historical Building, Museum of Iowa, 600 E Locust St, Des Moines.

FEE:       Event is free. Lunch (optional) is $11.

LUNCH: Bag lunches from Cafe Baratta’s available for purchase online at app.tikly.co/events/2677

RSVP:  Please RSVP online at app.tikly.co/events/2677

AUDIENCE: Corporate and nonprofit CEOs, board members, community leaders, elected officials, planners, change-makers, committee and task-force members, and more.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Materials from past speaking events are published on the MPO website:

Speaker Don Shoup: “Parkability: The Price and Politics of Parking” 

Speaker Brandon Palanker: “A Developer’s Take on Form-Based Code”

Speaker Maya Brennan: “Housing Matters for Iowa’s Economy

Speaker Daniel Parolek: “A Case for Missing-Middle Housing”

Speaker David Fields: “Walkability: Beyond Downtown”

Speakers John Norquist and RT Rybak: Walkability: The Politics and Payoff of Putting Walkability into Action

Speakers Carol Payne and Amy Slonim: Housing Matters Symposium

Speaker Maureen Collins: The Sharing Economy and Greater Des Moines

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