These are just a few of the reactions we heard after the gathering at the Lawson's. We hope you felt the same. We want to genuinely thank you for joining us, and for your enthusiasm. Creating that room was half the battle…but the event was just a beginning! As Xavier Gutierrez, of Clearlake Capital Group, said, we are trying to build a new LA at this critical moment that is inclusive, innovative and engaged.
“Last night was dope,” tweeted panelist Tamika Butler, a few hours after she joined leaders, entrepreneurs, scholars, activists, digital pioneers – and a comedian – for Future of Cities: Los Angeles’ The Seam Summit on October 3rd. In front of a Bing Theater audience of several hundred Angelenos, 23 extraordinary personalities celebrated Los Angeles, candidly diagnosed our dysfunctions and spotlighted the many paths forward to address inequality, homelessness, lack of mobility and dysfunctional government.
There’s been a lot of talk lately about the “unreadable” or “silo” nature of Los Angeles. It is true that we are a city unlike any other in the United States, in the world, or perhaps in the history of the world. However L.A. is also not some kind of indominatible mystery.
Our founder, Donna Bojarsky, sat down with Nick Goldberg of the LA Times, to discuss the incredibly popular and controversial editorial series“Our Dishonest President”, the role of a large city newspaper in shaping civic leadership, and why the East Coast may finally be warming up to California leadership in the age of Drumpf.
Future of Cities is curating a high-powered event at CAA in February called ARCHITECT. Our very special guests will be announced shortly.
Future of Cities: Leading in LA envisions a Los Angeles that cultivates and sustains innovative and effective civic leadership working together across sectors, cultures, and geographies to create a prosperous and livable future for all in our region. Our convenings - including our sold-out inaugural summit - have brought together a cross-section of stakeholders for candid...
Los Angeles helped fulfill your dreams. What will you do to fulfill LA's dreams? Future of Cities: Leading in LA's summit brings together leaders leaders from across the LA basin who will play an integral role in transforming the landscape of LA for the next 20 years.
It’s time to call on you and all of LA's leaders to use your talents to enrich our city's civic tapestry so that all citizens may thrive. Los Angeles is a global capital of innovation and creativity, and its influence reverberates far beyond the city limits. We can leverage that influence to become a beacon of civic engagement and stewardship that can change LA and other cities around the world.
Future of Cities: Leading in LA launched on June 2nd, bringing together more than 100 local innovators to begin a course-changing conversation about civic leadership for Los Angeles. LA is a world-class city on the verge of major changes, and we convened many of the people leading the way. The event began the dialogue about change and leadership for LA that will continue online and through our October 19 event.
Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to making the kickoff event for Future of Cities: Leading in LA a huge success! On June 2nd more than 100 civic, cultural and community leaders, movers and activists gathered to support our new endeavor.
We hang LA history on imperial expansion, of Spain and the United States. We find LA within expressions of Manifest Destiny and its violence. We encounter remarkable diversity at the outset. We railroad LA. We watch a harbor dug out of almost nothing, we see bold metropolitan ambition come to fruition. We watch the Mexican Revolution send Latino labor northward at precisely the moment that industrial Los Angeles so desires a laboring underclass. We undergird the American economy, and the world’s imagination, with LA films, the LA film industry, and LA oil. We track escapees from the Jim Crow South trying, with greater and lesser degrees of success, to outrun racism by racing west.
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As Disney/ABC Television Chief Ben Sherwood mentioned at our kickoff event last week, other cities have an unwritten "tax" on its most important citizens to engage in this way. As a still new city, we don't have a long history and culture to fall back on. And while we are leaders around the world, global obligations don't excuse us from local involvement.