Join a remarkable network of innovators for a one-of-a-kind summit on building resilient communities

We live in a time of increasing volatility. Disruptions of all kinds – from the economic to the ecological, from the social to the geopolitical – arrive with little warning, from surprising directions, and leave serious consequences in their wake.

Amid this volatility, cities serve as both the epicenters of vulnerability, and the crucibles of resilience. And this raises a host of important questions: How do we empower communities to improve their self-reliance and act effectively on their own behalf? How do we build new social networks and social capital that cuts across socioeconomic lines? How do we physically build more resilient urban places and more resilient infrastructure? How do we use distributed technologies and ‘big data’ to sense and respond to emerging risks? How can new tools and platforms allow for rapid, creative responses to urban disruption? What are the roles of culture, of the arts and humanities? What is the role of leaders, of all types – governmental, corporate, social sector, citizen/volunteer – in bolstering resilience?

Introducing The City Resilient

On June 24 and 25, 2013, PopTech, The Rockefeller Foundation, BAM, and our partner organizations will convene at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for an in-depth discussion of these and other pressing questions, at a unique convening, entitled The City Resilient. Five hundred invited participants will be drawn broadly from the forefront of community, corporate and governmental leadership, technology, design, urban planning, philanthropy, and many fields of innovation, including participants from across the region, other cities, the United States and the world. The focus of the summit will be to explore the general dynamics of urban resilience, drawing on the lessons from Superstorm Sandy in New York, and from other disruptions in cities around the country and the world.

The City Resilient will be visionary and 'presentational', with staged talks, performances and discussions. All PopTech gatherings feature bold and visionary presentations from some of our world’s most compelling innovators, interwoven with extraordinary live performances and other one-of-a-kind surprises. Our tone is at once intimate and expansive, designed to foster deep relationships and the space and time to think, reflect, connect, and collaborate.

The Neighborhood Resilient

We believe that neighborhoods are a fundamental unit of urban resilience. After a significant disruption, there needs to be at least one place in each neighborhood that has structural integrity, locally-self-reliant power, communications and connectivity, up-to-date information about the local community (and local knowledge of the community) and perhaps even local fabrication tools. In other words, a community resilience hub that empowers citizens to self-organize and self-serve.

On Tuesday, June 25th, after the mainstage program concludes, we invite you to join a special, day-long collaborative design charrette, which will bring together a network of 150 community leaders, designers, architects, technologists, social innovators, government leaders, disaster response experts, citizens, educators, funders and others to explore how such hubs in different neighorhoods - and regions - might work.

Your invitation

We are delighted to extend to you this exclusive, non-transferrable invitation to participate in both Day One convening and the Day Two charrette. There is significant demand for participation – we encourage you to register as soon as possible. Late registrations may not be able to be accommodated.

This is a critical conversation at a critical time. You’ll hear critical perspectives, challenging questions and powerful insights. You’ll be able to share your work and ideas with an engaged, innovative and influential community of peers, and meet potential partners, allies and friends.

We hope you’ll join us.

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