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Knight Public Spaces Forum 2020

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Knight Public Spaces Forum, hosted by Knight Foundation
October 21-22, 2020 from 12:45 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET each day
#publicspaces20

Knight believes that public spaces play an essential role in fostering more informed and engaged communities. This year’s Knight Public Spaces Forum will focus on how leaders from across the country are pivoting their public spaces in response to the COVID-19 crisis, economic downturn, and the most recent wave of racial justice movements.  Curated discussions at the forum will explore several dimensions of public space, including:

  • leadership and decision-making
  • design and programming
  • cultivating equitable public spaces
  • leveraging technology in the public realm

Learn more at kf.org/publicspaces20

Schedule

· Stage
Arrivals and Networking
Please enjoy the Networking and Explore areas before the Opening Remarks commence.
· Stage
Opening Remarks
Welcome and Forum Framing
Alberto Ibarguen
· Stage
Ideas Plenary: Changing Public Spaces
In response to the current moment, leading professionals will share ideas on the future of public spaces and elevate critical questions for communities.
Robert Zarr Liz Ogbu Mitchell Silver Nico Larco Kyle Kutuchief
· Stage
Film Break
New World Symphony (Miami Beach, FL) features the WALLCAST® concert series and selections from "Capriccio espagnol" composed by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov.
· Stage
Ideas Plenary: Mayors and Public Spaces
City leaders will discuss how they’re confronting budgetary challenges and supporting the power of the public commons for public health and civic engagement.
Jai Winston Daniel Horrigan Melvin Carter
· Stage
Stretch Break
Join us on the main stage for a yoga-inspired stretch break to keep you energized and engaged from home.
· Breakouts
Breakout: Prioritizing Children and Playspace Equity
This breakout discussion will explore the work of public space practitioners engaging youth through art, play and nature.
Lysa Ratliff Chelina Odbert
· Breakouts
Breakout: Pivoting Park Management
This breakout discussion will explore the pivots that public space practitioners are currently making in order to manage park space.
Robert  Hammond Carol Coletta
· Breakouts
Breakout: Innovations in Funding Civic Change
This breakout discussion will explore innovations in funding for civic change through crowdfunding and philanthropy.
Jennifer Allen Rebecca  Fishman Lipsey
· Breakouts
Breakout: Why Community Matters
This breakout discussion will explore the work of public space experts investigating attachment to community and connectedness to place.
Molly Scott Ryan Streeter
· Breakouts
Breakout: Public Space Innovations for Restaurants and Retail
This breakout discussion will explore the pivots that public space practitioners are currently making with mobility and public space for restaurants and retail.
Jordan Sun Raphael Clemente Amanda Howell
· Networking
Networking Break
Please enjoy the Networking and Explore areas, and take a chance to stretch before the next session commences
· Stage
Ideas Plenary: Technology and Public Spaces
Technology leaders will explore the impact of digitization and technology on how people engage with and equitably use and access public space.
Eli Lehrer Ming-Chun Lee Lauren Ruffin Vikram Grover
· Stage
Closing Remarks
Reflections
Lilly Weinberg
· Breakouts
Networking and Happy Hour Sessions
Please enjoy the Networking and Explore areas
· Stage
Arrivals and Networking
Please enjoy the Networking and Explore areas before the Opening Remarks commence.
· Stage
Opening Remarks
Welcome and Forum Framing
Dana Bourland
· Stage
Ideas Plenary: Virtual Public Space
With the challenges of social distancing, community leaders will reflect on how to build, maintain, and encourage authentic dialogue in the virtual realm.
Bryan Lee Jr Claire Nelson Bridget Marquis
· Stage
Film Break
NCCAkron and Dance Film SF present "But First..." created by choreographer Mike Esperanza and filmmaker Erin Brown Thomas with Red Point Digital on production.
· Stage
Ideas Plenary: Innovating for Public Space
A range of professionals will share their ideas for public spaces to rise to the challenges of equity, community services, and technology in the public realm.
Deanna Van Buren Shamichael Hallman Jacqueline Lu Lilly Weinberg
· Breakouts
Innovating for Public Space Breakout: Q&A with Jacqueline Lu
Kyle Kutuchief Jacqueline Lu
· Breakouts
Innovating for Public Space Breakout: Q&A with Shamichael Hallman
Jai Winston Shamichael Hallman
· Breakouts
Innovating for Public Space Breakout: Q&A with Deanna van Buren
Deanna Van Buren Lilly Weinberg
· Networking
Networking Break
Please enjoy the Networking and Explore areas, and take a chance to stretch before the next session commences
· Breakouts
Breakout: Designing for Justice
This breakout discussion will explore the work of public space practitioners designing for justice.
Priya Sircar Paul Farber Justin Moore
· Breakouts
Breakout: Philanthropic Investments in Public Space
This breakout discussion will explore the work of philanthropists impacting public spaces investments.
Raul Moas Judilee Reed Chantel Rush
· Breakouts
Breakout: Data Equity for Public Space
This breakout discussion will explore the work of public space practitioners and technologists using data for equity.
Sarah Williams Nathaniel  Wallace Meli Harvey Joshua Edmonds
· Breakouts
Breakout: Virtual Experiences for Public Space
This breakout discussion will explore the pivots that public space practitioners are currently making in order to add virtual experiences to public space.
Charles Thomas Rachel Stark Maura McCarthy
· Breakouts
Breakout: Slow Streets, Play Streets
This breakout discussion will explore the pivots that public space practitioners are currently making in order to add virtual experiences to public space.
Chris  Thompson Naomi Doerner Kathryn Ott Lovell
· Networking
Networking Break
Please enjoy the Networking and Explore areas, and take a chance to stretch before the next session commences
· Stage
Ideas Plenary: Mobility and Public Spaces
Public space mobility is ever more crucial for thriving communities. Speakers will focus on the new possibilities for mobility and equity.
Mark de la Vergne Gia Biagi Shin-pei Tsay Tamika Butler Roshell Rinkins
· Stage
Ideas Plenary: Equity in the Public Realm
Speakers will specifically examine the Black experience in public space and efforts to cultivate safe and equitable spaces for all.
Jay Pitter Lilly Weinberg Sara  Zewde Lynn Ross
· Stage
Closing Remarks
Sam Gill

Speakers

Jay Pitter

Jay Pitter, MES, is an award-winning placemaker, author, and speaker.

Robert Zarr

Dr. Robert Zarr, founder & medical director of Park Rx America, is a board-certified pediatrician.

Sarah Williams

Sarah Williams is an associate professor at MIT, where she also directs the Civic Data Design Lab.

Jai Winston

Jai Winston is Knight Foundation program director for St. Paul, Minn.

Mark de la Vergne

Mark de la Vergne is the Michigan Director for Cavnue.

Raul Moas

Raul Moas is Knight Foundation Miami program director.

Charles Thomas

Charles Thomas leads Knight Foundation's work to foster & support Charlotte's equitable development.

Bryan Lee Jr

Bryan C. Lee, Jr. is an architect, educator, writer, and design justice advocate.

Lynn Ross

Lynn M. Ross is the founder and principal of Spirit for Change Consulting, LLC.

Sara Zewde

Sara Zewde is principal of Studio Zewde, a landscape architecture, urbanism & public art firm.

Roshell Rinkins

Roshell Rinkins is senior director for grants administration at Knight Foundation.

Tamika Butler

Tamika Butler is a national expert on environment, equity, organizational behavior and change.

Shin-pei Tsay

Shin-pei Tsay is director of global policy for cities/transportation in Uber’s Central Policy team.

Gia Biagi

Gia Biagi is an urban planner, designer & commissioner of the Chicago Department of Transportation.

Chantel Rush

Chantel Rush is managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s American Cities Program.

Judilee Reed

Judilee Reed serves as program director of Creative Communities at the William Penn Foundation.

Kathryn Ott Lovell

Kathryn Ott Lovell is commissioner of Philadelphia Parks & Recreation.

Naomi Doerner

Naomi Doerner is a principal and the director of equity, diversity and inclusion at Nelson/Nygaard.

Joshua Edmonds

Joshua Edmonds is the City of Detroit’s inaugural director of digital inclusion.

Meli Harvey

Meli Harvey is a senior computational designer at Sidewalk Labs.

Maura McCarthy

Maura McCarthy joined Fairmount Park Conservancy as its executive director in 2019.

Rachel Stark

Rachel Stark is a senior urban designer and landscape architect for the City of Charlotte.

Justin Moore

Justin Garrett Moore is executive director of the New York City Public Design Commission.

Paul Farber

Paul Farber is director of Monument Lab & senior research scholar at the University of Pennsylvania.

Lilly Weinberg

Lilly Weinberg is senior director for community and national initiatives at Knight Foundation.

Jacqueline Lu

Jacqueline Lu is co-founder of Helpful Places and helps organizations use tech and data.

Shamichael Hallman

Shamichael Hallman currently serves as the manager of the historic Cossitt Library in Memphis, Tenn.

Deanna Van Buren

Deanna Van Buren is the co-founder and design director of Designing Justice + Designing Spaces.

Bridget Marquis

Bridget Marquis is the manager of Reimagining the Civic Commons.

Claire Nelson

Claire Nelson is co-founder of Urban Consulate, a network of parlors for urban exchange.

Dana Bourland

Dana Bourland works at the intersection of issues related to health, poverty and the environment.

Sam Gill

Sam Gill is senior vice president and chief program officer at Knight Foundation.

Vikram Grover

Vikram Grover is senior director of partnerships at Niantic Inc.

Lauren Ruffin

Lauren Ruffin is a co-founder of Crux with 20 years of experience in policy and strategic planning.

Ming-Chun Lee

Dr. Ming-Chun Lee is an associate professor in the School of Architecture at UNC-Charlotte.

Eli Lehrer

Eli Lehrer is president of R Street Institute.

Anna Richards

Anna Richards is Macon program assistant for Knight Foundation.

Chris Thompson

Christopher Thompson is Knight Foundation program director for San Jose.

Amanda Howell

Amanda Howell is a project manager at the Urbanism Next Center at the University of Oregon.

Raphael Clemente

Raphael Clemente is executive director for the West Palm Beach Downtown Development Authority.

Jordan Sun

Jordan Sun is the chief innovation officer for the city of San Jose.

Nathaniel Wallace

Nate Wallace is Knight Foundation Detroit program director.

Ryan Streeter

Ryan Streeter is the director of domestic policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI).

Molly Scott

Molly M. Scott is a principal research associate at the Urban Institute.

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey is a social innovator and president and CEO of The Miami Foundation.

Jennifer Allen

Jennifer Allen works at ioby, a national nonprofit crowdfunding platform for community-led change.

Priya Sircar

Priya Sircar is director for arts at Knight Foundation.

Chelina Odbert

Chelina Odbert is co-founder and executive director of Kounkuey Design Initiative (KDI).

Lysa Ratliff

Lysa Ratliff is the acting CEO and vice president of partnership development at KABOOM!

Carol Coletta

Carol Coletta is president and CEO of the Memphis River Parks Partnership.

Robert Hammond

Robert Hammond is co-founder and executive director of the High Line.

Melvin Carter

Melvin Carter is a fourth-generation St. Paul, Minn. resident and mayor of the City of St. Paul.

Daniel Horrigan

Mayor Daniel Horrigan has been mayor of the City of Akron since January 2016.

Kyle Kutuchief

Kyle Kutuchief is Knight Foundation program director for Akron.

Nico Larco

Nico Larco is a professor at the University of Oregon and director of the Urbanism Next Center.

Mitchell Silver

Mitchell J. Silver is commissioner of the New York City Department of Parks.

Liz Ogbu

Liz Ogbu is a global expert on engaging and transforming unjust urban environments.

Alberto Ibarguen

Alberto Ibargüen is president and CEO of Knight Foundation.

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