December 27th, 2012 by admin
City Trends for 2013 – Part One: Positive Trends A few weeks ago I was speaking at the New York Conference of Mayors. As part of the gig I was asked to partake in a panel discussion at the end of the event and the topic was urban trends we had been seeing over the
August 10th, 2012 by admin
Today is the five year anniversary of the passing of Tony Wilson, the English TV & radio personality who was key figure in creating the Manchester music scene in the late 70’s through the 80’s and beyond. (Check out the 2002 movie “24 Hour Party People” for a semi-autobiographical portrayal of Wilson and the Manchester
July 3rd, 2012 by admin
In May we conducted the Loving the Circle City workshop for the young professional associations of Indianapolis. Over 150 participants came up with many great ideas and insights into their community. Below is the time lapse of the visual recording done by Michelle Royal.
July 2nd, 2012 by admin
Here is a project that was born in the workshop we did in Wichita in April. They just recently launched it and the website. Well done Wichita! http://fromwichitawithlove.com/
June 22nd, 2012 by admin
One of the $500 prize winners from my Grande Prairie, Alberta workshop made their project happen. Congratulations! http://www.williamvavrekphotography.com/blog/2012/06/03/the-grande-fondo-love-for-cities-worksho-grande-prairie-ab/
June 10th, 2012 by admin
We had a great time in Muskegon, Michigan in early June. Fantastic to return to a city we visited a year ago and see all the amazing things they have done, including this Love Muskegon campaign. More later!
December 1st, 2011 by admin
On 11/11/11 it was my honor to be a speaker at the inaugural TEDx Iowa City event. For a first time event, they knocked it out of the park with a great venue, cool stage and a wonderful array of speakers; local, national and international!
November 20th, 2011 by admin
In the book I write about how city themed tattoos are the equivalent of “marrying” your city. A tattoo, like a marriage, is a near permanent commitment and whenever I see people with their city etched into their body, I know that person has a special relationship with their place. And perhaps none more so
September 30th, 2011 by admin
In June I wrote a piece called “The Surprising Life in America’s Dying Cities” for Infrastructurist.com. The piece highlighted the amazing things that were happening in the cities designated by Newsweek Magazine in January as the 10 most “dying” places. Needless to say, the cities on that list were not happy with the tag placed
September 28th, 2011 by admin
Does NYC love you back? This new app and website tracks the loves and hates people have for the city. As was pointed out by one resident, being able to express your emotions for the city, good or bad, is important.