Having just come through a presentation and great discussions at the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) North American conference in Salt Lake City, and then a moderated session and lots of great discussions at the International Economic Development Council Annual Conference in Philadelphia…
you’d think it might be a good idea to stay near home for a while. And my landscaping and half-empty freezer would agree with you, not to mention the other humans in the house:
(“What do you mean you can’t pick me up this afternoon?” “Um, I’m in Utah, for one thing…”)
However, that’s not gonna happen. Next week I’ll be roaming all over, switching hats on the fly and burning up my tires as I go. Here’s the itinerary:
- Wednesday and Thursday morning (October 23 and 24), I’ll be at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City Economic Summit in my role as Managing Editor of Engaging Cities. My plan is to record interviews and conversations with as many interesting people as I can during the time I’m there. If you see anyone on the agenda that you’re particularly interested in hearing from, let me know and I’ll work on it I’ll cross post what I learn both here and at EngagingCities.
- Thursday afternoon (October 24), I’ll be speaking with two of my favorite Ohio guys, Mark Barbash and Bill Lutz, at the Ohio Economic Development Association annual conference in Columbus about the lessons learned from the Fort Piqua Plaza redevelopment. You can hear Bill and I discuss that fascinating project here.
- Friday night, I’ll be heading from Columbus to Middlesborough, Kentucky to participate in their inaugural Better Block Boro event on Saturday, October 26. I’m not exactly sure what I’m getting into, but it promises to be a combination street fair, unconference, urban hack, and DIY urbanism event — all in a (formerly) quiet Appalachian town. I’ll be leading a pop up talk/discussion around the learnings from my new book, The Local Economy Revolution:What’s Changed and How You Can Help, signing booksdesk, and nosing around and recording as much of the other stuff going on as I can.
Then I come back and try to remember where my office is!