Thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to making the kickoff event for Future of Cities: Leading in LA a huge success! On June 2nd more than 100 civic, cultural and community leaders, movers and activists gathered to support our new endeavor. Future of Cities is activating a course-changing conversation about how to reinvigorate civic leadership by combining academic studies, public displays, and innovative collaborations to marry vision, leadership and results to fulfill LA's ambitions.
The president and founder of the group, Donna Bojarsky, a longtime Democratic Party activist, co-founder of LA Works, and a contributing editor at Los Angeles Magazine, hosted the launch event along with co-founder and general counsel Bob Johnson, advisor William Deverell and sponsor Community Partners. Speakers included Deverell, the Huntington and USC historian and author; LACMA director Michael Govan; Bob Ross of the California Endowment; and Ben Sherwood, president of the Disney|ABC Television Group. What followed was an insightful, course-changing conversation about what the most pressing issues are in Los Angeles, and how the group can build community and activate community leaders to create a new Los Angeles.
Future of Cities will hold it's first major public event that will bring together accomplished civic, business, philanthropic, cultural and community leaders on Oct. 19th, 2015 at the Bing Theater at LACMA. The conference is designed to create a conversation about how to empower those who will lead civic innovation in Los Angeles and put our city on the world stage when it comes to thinking forward.
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At the launch of Future of Cites on June 2nd, 2015, Bill Deverell, Chair of the History Department at USC and profound expert on the history of our City, gave a truly memorable talk. We are proud to share it with you here:
When I teach the history of Los Angeles, several key themes scaffold the course, whether I’m speaking to undergraduates, doctoral students, or the high schoolers involved with the Los Angeles Service Academy, a program fostering leadership among 16 year olds from all over the basin.
We hang LA history on imperial expansion, of Spain and the United States. We find LA within expressions of Manifest Destiny and its violence. We encounter remarkable diversity at the outset. We railroad LA. We watch a harbor dug out of almost nothing, we see bold metropolitan ambition come to fruition. We watch the Mexican Revolution send Latino labor northward at precisely the moment that industrial Los Angeles so desires a laboring underclass. We undergird the American economy, and the world’s imagination, with LA films, the LA film industry, and LA oil. We track escapees from the Jim Crow South trying, with greater and lesser degrees of success, to outrun racism by racing west.Read more