This fall, the Aspen Institute, The Atlantic, and Bloomberg Philanthropies will partner to host the forthcoming summit, “CityLab: Urban Solutions for Global Challenges,” to be held in New York City October 6-8, 2013. The premier event will bring together global city leaders—mayors and government officials, urban theorists, scholars, artists, and other key voices—to engage in a series of conversations about urban ideas and innovations that are shaping metro centers around the world.
Against the backdrop of New York City, the program will showcase the power of effective leadership and partnership to transform cities, making them more livable, sustainable, and healthy. The two-and-a-half day summit will feature a mix of one-on-one interviews, panel discussions, and breakout tutorial sessions designed to examine and help spread successful practices from world cities in areas including technology, intellectual capital, infrastructure, job creating and the environment.
“I believe in the power of cities to fuel innovative solutions to many of our greatest global challenges. That’s been my experience as mayor—and it’s a belief that will drive my philanthropy moving forward,” said Michael R. Bloomberg, philanthropist and Mayor of New York City. “The CityLab Summit will bring together city leaders and their partners from across the globe to discuss what it takes to create a vibrant, innovative, and sustainable city.”
“I am thrilled for us to join Bloomberg Philanthropies and The Atlantic in this exciting and important project. Cities are where some of the most dynamic ideas about the future are being hatched, fleshed out, and put to work on the ground, in economic development, the environment, public safety, technology, smart transportation, and so many more critical areas. I can’t think of a better way to showcase and explore the ideas and innovations that are shaping how we –city-dwellers and everyone else—will tackle the biggest challenges we all face together,” said Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute.
“Great cities (plus Aspen, Colorado, population 6,667) are the nation-states of our time. Where better to celebrate them than New York City? Who better to host than Michael Bloomberg and Walter Isaacson?” added David Bradley, chairman and owner of Atlantic Media, The Atlantic’s parent company.
In addition to featuring Mayor Bloomberg and other top urban leaders and practitioners, CityLab will highlight some of The Atlantic’s leading editorial voices, including Atlantic Editor in Chief James Bennet, and Atlantic CITIES Editor at Large, Richard Florida.
Working in tandem with The Atlantic staff will be the Aspen Institute’s Isaacson, Elliot Gerson, executive vice president; and Jamie Miller, vice president of public programs.
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