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OUR FORMAT...  An emphasis on networking time, and participant “speed presentations”


Undoubtedly, so much of what is best about conferences is the chance to meet, discuss and network with the best colleagues in your field.  That’s especially true for the International Making Cities Livable conferences, which bring together leaders and scholars from around the US and the world to share groundbreaking expertise and lessons.


That’s why, for the upcoming International Making Cities Livable (IMCL) conference, we’ve decided to make networking time a top priority.  The morning sessions will have two 30-minute “networking coffee breaks,” giving lots of time to mingle and discuss the ideas presented by speakers. 


We’ll also introduce “speed presentations” as a new format for conference attendees to speak during the plenary sessions, sharing research, case studies, or other reflections.  Each speed presentation will be no more than five minutes of information-packed reporting.  We’ll draw the speakers from proposals submitted by attendees shortly before the conference starts.  


Each day’s plenary will have a distinct focus.  For the first day, we’ll discuss the challenge of the suburbs, and what can be done and has been done, in remarkable places like Carmel. For the second day, we’ll zoom out and look at international initiatives and resources that we can share.  For the third day, our focus will shift again to the specific new tools and strategies we can use in our own communities.


You'll find a more detailed schedule under on the schedule page, to be updated as we get closer to the conference. But we wanted to tell you about our innovative format, and share our excitement about the upcoming conference – what promises to be an exceptional gathering.  We hope you’ll join us!

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