Just realized that I’m overdue to give you an update on upcoming speaking / tapdancing gigs. There’s a few that are still floating around, so expect to see some updates in the next few weeks. Here we go!
- On August 21, I’m giving the plenary at the Michigan Economic Development Association’s Annual Meeting in Boyne City, Michigan. The whole meeting is titled Operation Sandbox: Where Collaboration Shapes Success. I’m speaking on Riding the Sea Change Impacting Your Local Economy. I’m really looking forward to this –Michigan audiences understand this message and its implications at a whole different level, and it’s going to be a blast to have a dialogue with them and learn more about what they’re doing.
- August 26, I’m giving a webinar for the National Council on Dialogue and Deliberation with Susan Stuart Clark, talking about selecting and using online public engagement platforms. Between the Online Public Engagement Emporium and EngagingCities, my biggest challenge here is to not get too deep in the weeds. At last word there were already 60 people signed up, and it’s free, so if you’re interested check out ncdd.org.
- From September 12 to 14, I’ll be hanging with the cool kids at the Strong Towns National Gathering in Minneapolis, helping Strong Towns supporters figure out where they want to go and how they can best make a difference. I’m pretty excited about the way Strong Towns is growing and evolving, and it will be a blast to get back to Minneapolis proper for the first time in a few years.
- On September 17th, I’ll be teaching two sessions at the Great Placemaker’s Lab event in Columbus. Ohio. The first one, “Managing the Axe-Grinders,” is an exploration of methods for facilitating more effectiveand fair public meetings (spoiler alert: we do role playing! You get to be the meeting’s wing nut for a change!). The second one, “Hack Your City,” focuses on techniques for enabling grassroots civic tech to help communities make better-informed decisions and share the burden.
- On September 21 and 22, I’ll be at the Heritage Ohio Annual conference in Kent, Ohio. Any speaking I do there will be to help uncover information to guide a client’s project, so I’ll send more targeted information on that when I know more.
- On October 1-3, I’ll be at the Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional American Planning Association Conference in Lexington, Ohio. As a result of, I suppose, karma coming back to bite me for something I don’t remember doing, I’ll be givng my best Phil Donohue impression for two sessions. One in the veeery first time slot, and one in the veeery last. The first one is with Martin Kim, Jason Segedy and Steve Strains in a tough heart-to-heart about the real-world struggles and victories that come with trying to create a regional land use plan. This will be the first time Martin and I have had a chance to talk about the Going Places process since it wrapped up in May, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to set that complex and often emotional process within a larger framework. And all three of those guys rock.
At the end of the conference, I’ll be leading a discussion with three of the contributors to Why This Work Matters, talking honestly about frustration, short-staffing, burnout, and remembering why we do what we do. This will be the first time we’ve done this kind of a discussion, and it won’t be the last.
- On Friday, October 17, I will be doing a second conversation based on Why This Work Matters with Kimberly Miller at the Texas APA conference in Plano. That one’s scheduled for late afternoon — more when I know more.
- On Tuesday, October 21, I will be leading a conversation about incorporating sustainability issues into economic development at the International Economic Developement Council’s Annual Conference with a panel of several bright speakers and lots of audience participation. This is a continuation of a session we did at last year’s Annual, which you can listen to and read a summary of here.
If you’re going to be at any of these events, please let me know! And if you’re looking for a speaker to give your peeps a push on economic development, entrepreneurship, tech or public engagement, just say the word. Beats heck out of sitting in the office…