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WEBINAR: Walkable City Rules

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 1:15pm EDT

Walkable City Rules – Mon, Oct 22, 2018 1:15 PM – 2:45 PM EDT

REGISTER AT https://bit.ly/2QkOvT4

We know that walkable cities are desirable for so many reasons, including for our health and our environment. But what steps should cities take to become more walkable? Join author and urban planner Jeff Speck in a 90-minute webinar, co-sponsored by SSF and Island Press, to explore some of the practical rules that cities should follow to usher in a more walkable future.

With his book Walkable City , urban designer Jeff Speck made a compelling case for walkable cities. With his follow-up, Walkable City Rules, he shares practical guidance for implementing walkability. Join this conversation to learn how your community can reap the environmental, health and economic benefits of walkable cities.

Alan Mallach at Novel Memphis

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm CDT

Novel
387 Perkins Ext
Mempshi, TN 38117
United States

Event date: Monday, October 22, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 
387 Perkins Ext
Memphis, TN 38117

Book talk and signing with Alan Mallach with The Divided City: Poverty and Prosperity in Urban America at Novel Memphis. 

The Intergalactic Design Guide: A Conversation with Cheryl Heller

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 5:30pm EDT

Babson College
231 Forest Street
Babson Executive Conference Center - Fireside Room
Babson Park, MA 02457
United States

Social design is a new kind of leadership.

It offers innovative approaches for increasing creativity, strengthening relationships, and developing our capacity to collaborate—with the potential to transform everything from corporate cultures to cities. It pushes us to become comfortable with uncertainty, to design ourselves for change.

In The Intergalactic Design Guide, business strategist and designer Cheryl Heller explains eleven common principles, a step-by-step process, and essential skills for successful social design. She illustrates the social design process with in-depth examples—from the CEO of the largest carpet manufacturer in the world to a young entrepreneur with a passion for reducing food waste. While change-makers like Paul Farmer and Oprah Winfrey have instinctively practiced social design for decades, Heller organizes concepts applied by leaders in diverse fields so that they become accessible to all of us, no matter the focus of our work.

From start-ups to global NGOs, The Intergalactic Design Guide provides both inspiration and practical steps for designing a more resilient and fulfilling future. Thought leader David Orr wrote, “If our industrial civilization was entered into an intergalactic design competition, it would be tossed out in the qualifying round.” This book points the way for us to change how we relate to our world, and to each other.

Join us on Tuesday, October 23, 5:30-7 p.m. in the Babson Executive Center, Fireside Room

“This book fills the cavernous gap between our awareness and understanding of “design thinking” and “design doing”. The first truly useful guide for those of us working to have impact, it shares numerous case studies of people and organizations that have transformed reality by combining the skills of thinking and acting in a design context. An absolute must read for all of us looking to change the world in our own special ways!”

—Len Schlesinger, Baker Foundation Professor, Harvard Business School; President Emeritus, Babson College

“There are design problems and there are human problems. Cheryl Heller’s genius is to see them as one and the same with the goal of building human capacity, not just buildings. This is the framework for designing the design process.”

—David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Oberlin College

The Intergalactic Design Guide is a call for entries to design our way out of the civilization we have created, by using our collective creativity to change the human condition. Readers will come away transformed by the realization that we can use the invisible forces of social design to create a future where we live in a state of mutuality with one another and nature. This is one of the most critical design books of our time.”

—Ivy Ross, Vice President of Google, Hardware Design

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Trains, Buses, People Pittsburghers for Public Transit Book Talk

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 - 6:15pm EDT

Pittsburghers for Public Transit
Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown
600 Commonwealth Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
United States

Pittsburghers for Public Transit is excited to host a book talk, Q&A and signing with Christof Spieler - engineer, urban planner, and transit advocate - on his new book, Trains, Buses, People: An Opinionated Atlas of US Transit. Christof uses his new book to explain the role of transit in the United States, outline the fundamentals of what makes good transit, and profile the strengths and weaknesses of the transit systems of 47 American cities (yes - Pittsburgh too!). 

Trains, Buses, People provides case studies and analysis to underscore the value of PPT's Riders Vision for Transit and provides a road map of sorts for transit agencies looking to provide its riders with a more complete, more equitable system.

Christof will have books available for sale and will be signing copies after the talk. 

Event is free and open to the public. Cash bar and snacks will be available. The event is wheelchair-accessible. Rail-Volution attendees are encouraged to stick around for the talk and Mobility Showcase in the adjacent room. 

Learn more about Pittsburghers for Public Transit's "Riders Vision For Transit". 

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The Intergalactic Design Guide NYC Book Launch

Friday, October 26, 2018 - 6:00pm EDT

The SVA Gramercy Gallery
209 East 23rd Street
Street Level
New York, NY 10010
United States

Social design is a new kind of leadership.

It offers innovative approaches for increasing creativity, strengthening relationships, and developing our capacity to collaborate—with the potential to transform everything from corporate cultures to cities. It pushes us to become comfortable with uncertainty, to design ourselves for change.

In The Intergalactic Design Guide, business strategist and designer Cheryl Heller explains eleven common principles, a step-by-step process, and essential skills for successful social design. She illustrates the social design process with in-depth examples—from the CEO of the largest carpet manufacturer in the world to a young entrepreneur with a passion for reducing food waste. While change-makers like Paul Farmer and Oprah Winfrey have instinctively practiced social design for decades, Heller organizes concepts applied by leaders in diverse fields so that they become accessible to all of us, no matter the focus of our work.

From start-ups to global NGOs, The Intergalactic Design Guide provides both inspiration and practical steps for designing a more resilient and fulfilling future. Thought leader David Orr wrote, “If our industrial civilization was entered into an intergalactic design competition, it would be tossed out in the qualifying round.” This book points the way for us to change how we relate to our world, and to each other.

Join us on Friday, October 26 from 6 - 8 pm at The SVA Gramercy Gallery.

“This book fills the cavernous gap between our awareness and understanding of “design thinking” and “design doing”. The first truly useful guide for those of us working to have impact, it shares numerous case studies of people and organizations that have transformed reality by combining the skills of thinking and acting in a design context. An absolute must read for all of us looking to change the world in our own special ways!”

—Len Schlesinger, Baker Foundation Professor, Harvard Business School; President Emeritus, Babson College

“There are design problems and there are human problems. Cheryl Heller’s genius is to see them as one and the same with the goal of building human capacity, not just buildings. This is the framework for designing the design process.”

—David W. Orr, Paul Sears Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Oberlin College

The Intergalactic Design Guide is a call for entries to design our way out of the civilization we have created, by using our collective creativity to change the human condition. Readers will come away transformed by the realization that we can use the invisible forces of social design to create a future where we live in a state of mutuality with one another and nature. This is one of the most critical design books of our time.”

—Ivy Ross, Vice President of Google, Hardware Design

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TALK AND BOOK SIGNING: WALKABLE CITY RULES

Friday, November 2, 2018 - 12:30pm EDT

National Building Museum
401 F Street NW
Washington, DC 20001
United States

Talk and Book Signing: Walkable City Rules at the National Building Museum

Join urban and architectural designer Jeff Speck, popular author and TED Talk speaker, for an illustrated tour through recent projects featured in his new book Walkable City Rules, 101 Steps to Making Better Places. Speck hopes the book will be a resource that inspires cities and citizens to usher in an era of street life in America. Following the talk, Speck signs copies of the book.

Education credits available: 1.0 LU HSW (AIA) / 1.0 CM (AICP)

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Jeff Speck - Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 6:00pm EDT

Politics and Prose at Union Market
1270 5th Street NE
Washington, DC 20008
United States

Jeff Speck - Walkable City Rules: 101 Steps to Making Better Places — at Politics and Prose at Union Market

This event, for Jeff Speck's Walkable City Rules is free to attend with no reservation required. Seating is available on a first come, first served basis.

Saturday, November 3, 2018 - 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

WEBINAR: Saving Vaquita: Considerations in the Race Against Extinction

Tuesday, November 6, 2018 - 3:00pm EST

As Brooke Bessesen writes in her new book, Vaquita: Science, Politics, and Crime in the Sea of Cortez, “Conservation is messy business.” Economic, cultural, political, and legislative forces all come into play when considering protection strategies for an at-risk species. And, frustratingly, the best approach for victory isn’t always clear. Local communities have to balance potential job losses and preservation of their cultural history with conservation goals. When governments help or hinder the cause, lawsuits become tools for action. Because of these complex dynamics, key players in the conservation effort may, at times, find themselves at odds—even if their end goal is the same.

This webinar, Saving Vaquita: Considerations in the Race Against Extinction, moderated by Dr. Tom Jefferson, explores the complicated issue of endangered species recovery through the lens of the now extremely rare porpoise, the vaquita. The question is asked: When it comes to saving a species, is it possible to unify all concerned parties to fight for a common, singular objective? Bessesen will introduce the world’s smallest cetacean and explain the history of its plight. By examining the economic, cultural, and legislative aspects of vaquita conservation, audience members are encouraged to consider the universal goals and challenges related to disappearing species worldwide.

We end with a Q&A for participants to ask their own questions about how conservation works.

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Jeff Speck at brookline booksmith

Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:00pm EST

brookline booksmith
279 Harvard Street
Brookline, MA 02446-2908
United States

Nearly every US city would like to be more walkable—for reasons of health, wealth, and the environment—yet few are taking the proper steps to get there. The goals are often clear, but the path is seldom easy. Jeff Speck’s follow-up to his bestselling Walkable City is the resource that cities and citizens need to usher in an era of renewed street life. Walkable City Rules is a doer’s guide to making change in cities, and making it now.

Jeff Speck is a city planner and urban designer who, through writing, lectures, and built work, advocates internationally for more walkable cities. As Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts, he oversaw the Mayors’ Institute on City Design and created the Governors’ Institute on Community Design. He is author of Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time and the co-author of Suburban Nation: The Rise of Sprawl and the Decline of the American Dream as well as The Smart Growth Manual.

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WEBINAR Saving Our Suburbs (Part 1): How to Create Successful Suburbs

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 12:00pm EST

The formulas that guided suburban growth for more than 60 years no longer work. How can suburbs adapt to increasingly complex social, economic, fiscal, and environmental demands? What new approaches can help them secure their futures?

In part one of this three-part webinar series on Saving Our Suburbs (S.O.S.), panelists will unpack data and share case studies that show how suburbs are preparing for—and succeeding in—a new demographic, cultural, and economic landscape. They’ll give perspective on how public officials and community leaders can rethink their approach to development and growth in response to changing tastes and markets. This webinar series is based off of the book Suburban Remix, Creating the Next Generation of Urban Places.

Panelists include:

  • Chris Leinberger, Chair and Professor, Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis George Washington University
  • Jason Beske, AICP, Consultant and Adjunct Professor at Virginia Tech College of Architecture & Urban Studies
  • David Dixon, FAIA, Vice President, Stantec’s Urban Places

Join the conversation! After presentations, we’ll have a Q&A period.

Earn 1.5 AICP CM credits for attending.

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