Peter Kageyama is the author of For the Love of Cities: The Love Affair Between People and Their Places and the follow up, Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places. Planetizen recognized For the Love of Cities as a Top 10 Book in 2012 in urban planning, design and development. He is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the city.’
Peter is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local government. Since speaking to them in 2013, Peter has become a special advisor to America In Bloom. He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.
And here are a few interesting things you should know about Peter:
- Originally from Akron, Ohio, he went to The Ohio State University and got a BA in Political Science, though he spent more time in the Dance Department.
- Played bass guitar in a decent alt rock band with his future business partner Ken Walker.
- Attended law school at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland and practiced law for two years. Didn’t take and now refers to himself as “a recovering attorney.”
- Started a web development firm with former bandmate (see above) Ken Walker. Cyberscapes Interactive was one of the earliest web dev firms in the Southeast, started in 1995. Didn’t get rich but learned an awful lot about business.
- Peter met Richard Florida in 2003 which changed his career path. Projects with the Creativity Group included producing the audio book version of The Rise of the Creative Class as well as an accompanying DVD and audio CD. The audiobook was a brilliant collaboration that saw guest readers, each taking a chapter of the book. Contributors included then Mayor of Baltimore (now former Governor of Maryland) Martin O’Malley, syndicated radio host Carol Coletta, former Mayor of Austin Kirk Watson and Tina Weymouth, bass player of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees the Talking Heads. And Peter even got to read a chapter as well.
- In 2004 Peter and Michelle Bauer produced the first Creative Cities Summit in St. Petersburg, Florida. It was there the Peter first met Charles Landry with whom a long association would begin, including producing and directing the documentary film Charles Landry and the Art of City Making (2009).
- Peter has travelled the world learning and speaking about issues of local community development, talent attraction and retention and creative industries development. Highlights include New Zealand, Australia, England, Ireland, Canada, Taiwan, Spain, Singapore, Hong Kong, Jamaica, Trinidad and a very special trip to Rwanda to speak at a UN conference on creative industries.
- From 2006-2008, Peter was one of the developers and producers of the Sarasota International Design Summit, presented by the Ringling College of Art and Design. Peter served as mc and host of the event.
- In 2008 Peter developed and produced the Creative Cities Summit 2.0 with the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). The conference was held in Detroit and despite being in the midst of a once in a generation economic crisis, the conference drew over 800 attendees and speakers from all over the world. Peter also was the host of the event.
- Peter became a certified Innovation Coach in 2009 as part of a project with CIDA International. The project, funded by the EU will have the coaches providing training all over the world and sharing best practice development for how to develop innovation processes inside organizations.
- In 2010 he produced the third Creative Cities Summit in Lexington, Kentucky. Great experience and he met an amazing group of people there who are reinventing that city.
- Peter loves board games. Ask him if he wants to play something!