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Thursday, May 30 • 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Engaging Your City

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In a culture that increasingly relies on the digital arena to provide the platform for connections, there remains a persistent public desire to organize, gather, share, and be entertained in the physical realm. People are drawn to social interaction in spaces that promote happiness, health, inspiration, and community. This suggests that the design of public spaces where we gather influences how we relate to one another. Place-based projects are as much about the people involved as the built environment. Engaging Your City will highlight innovative strategies and projects from throughout the country and the unique ways in which they have engaged community members in their solutions.


Featured Contributors
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Naja Bland

Nurse Aide, Genesis Healthcare
Naja Bland is a New York native. Naja currently resides in Philadelhpia where she is finishing prerequisites to enter a registered nurse program and serves as the vice president of the Young Leaders Council.
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Seth Flaxman

Executive Director, TurboVote
Seth co-founded TurboVote while receiving a Master's in Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He previously worked as a research associate at the Council on Foreign Relations (where he founded CFR's annual capture the flag game), a program administrator at the Institute for International Education, and a berktern at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society. While earning a BA in economics at Columbia University, Seth... Read More →
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Eric Gordon

Director & Associate Professor, Engagement Game Lab
Eric Gordon is a researcher and game designer who investigates how games and social media can enhance civic learning and local engagement. He is a fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the director of the Engagement Game Lab at Emerson College, where he is an associate professor. He is the co-author of the book Net Locality: Why Location Matters in a Networked World and the author of The Urban Spectator: American... Read More →
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Jamie Hand

Design Specialist, National Endowment for the Arts
Jamie Hand is a Design Specialist at the National Endowment for the Arts, where she manages the agency’s Our Town grant program – launched in 2011 to support creative placemaking projects that contribute towards the livability of communities across the country – as well as the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design leadership initiatives. She brings to the Endowment diverse... Read More →
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Ben Hecht

CEO, Living Cities
Mr. Hecht has been the President & CEO of Living Cities since July, 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 member foundations and financial institutions to benefit low income people and the cities where they live. Living Cities deploys a unique blend of more than $140 million in grants, loans and influence to re-engineer obsolete public systems and... Read More →
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Eric Weiner

Author
Philosophical Traveler. Recovering malcontent. Curiosity hound. Author of The Geography of Bliss and Man Seeks God. Working on book about the connection between place and creativity.


Thursday May 30, 2013 1:45pm - 2:45pm
Newseum Room 806 555 Pennsylvania Ave NW Washington, DC 20001
  • Sponsored By: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

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