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Urban Age Institute: Meeting of the Minds 2014

Like many cities who saw their own stars shine with the rise of the Industrial Age, Detroit is now at a tipping point. At one time this boomtown saw nothing but prosperity in its economic future. Now, the city’s government has declared bankruptcy, and city residents are being forced by their circumstances to redefine the city. It’s not an easy thing to reimagine a city’s identity, business models and urban future. But hope still prevails and new innovations are quickly emerging in Detroit. Detroit offers a platform for the discussion of alternative urban futures – which are relevant for all cities. This is why Meeting of the Minds has chosen Detroit as the site for its 2014 annual convening. Many cities are grappling with a swath of complex challenges: stimulating job creation, adapting to climate change, increasing urban livability, greening the transportation and energy systems, finding ways to become more resilient. As you might expect, each city has developed a somewhat unique strategy while using a different set of tools. As it does each and every year, Meeting of the Minds 2014 will bring together 350 invited leaders, from more than a dozen countries, representing the private sector, the public sector, the non-profit sector, philanthropy and academia. Against the backdrop provided by Detroit, with one city attempting its own reinvention, we invite you to join us on a year-long journey.

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