Forum Schedule

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Registration 8:15 - 8:45 a.m.


Continental Breakfast Available 

Welcome 8:45 - 9 a.m.


Session 1: Bristol’s One City Approach: of the city, by the city, for the city  9 - 9:40 a.m.


Councilor Asher Craig (Bristol, UK)

Many forces are shaping Bristol’s path as a city, including national government policy, migration, trade, markets, conflict, climate change, and the rise of polarising ideologies. Meanwhile specific challenges such as an ageing population, social inequality, and unsustainable resource consumption demand a rapid response. The One City Approach is Bristol’s response.

Q&A 9:40 - 10 a.m.


Break 10 - 10:15 a.m.


Session 2: Lessons From New York City: Community Development in Brooklyn - Bushwick Community Plan 10:15 - 11 a.m.


Transformative Community Building. Rosa stands for advocating for those without a voice and creating sacred spaces to create a culture where people are empowered to thrive.

The Bushwick Community Plan was created using a new model in community planning, whereby local residents, community groups, elected officials, City agencies, and other stakeholders co-developed a plan that reflected the community’s priorities.  This plan is the Bushwick community’s vision for the neighborhood’s future, which includes strategies for protecting existing affordable housing, increasing opportunities for new deeply affordable housing, improving open spaces, infrastructure and community health and increasing neighborhood resources and economic opportunities .  It is intended to communicate local priorities to decision makers, while also aiding community organizations in their work, and educating local residents on ways in which they can become engaged in local issues.

This plan will be discussed by Ron Shiffman, Luis Munive, and Rosa Scott.  Ron has spent more than fifty years working to promote community-based activism and to empower local groups to participate directly in the development of their neighborhoods.   Luis and Rosa served on the steering committee that produced this plan, representing El Puente, a community human rights institution that promotes leadership for peace and justice through engagement of members in arts, education, scientific research, wellness and environmental action.

Ron Shiffman, FAICP, Hon. AIA; Urban Planner and Community Development Specialist; Professor Emeritus, Pratt Graduate Center for Planning and the Enviornment

Luis Munive, Co-director, El Puente Bushwick Leadership Center

Rosa Scott, Senior Certified Trainer and Consultant, Global Justice Institute, El Puente

Q&A 11 - 11:20 a.m.


Lunch 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.


Session 3: Keynote 12:15 - 1 p.m.


Collaborative Governance and Urban Revitalization: City Strategies for Reducing Poverty and Inequality

Dr. Michael J. Rich, Emory University, Professor of Political Science and Environmental Sciences

Q&A 1 - 1:20 p.m.


Session 4: Becoming a Child Friendly City 1:20 - 2 p.m.


Andy Lloyd, Head of Children's Workforce Development in Leeds Children's Services, UK

Q&A 2 - 2:20 p.m.


Closing 2:20 - 2:30 p.m.


Ali Modarres, Director of Urban Studies