Future of Cities: Leading in LA launched on June 2nd, bringing together more than 100 local innovators to begin a course-changing conversation about civic leadership for Los Angeles. LA is a world-class city on the verge of major changes, and we convened many of the people leading the way. The event began the dialogue about change and leadership for LA that will continue online and through our October 19 event.
Co- founder Donna Bojarsky announced the organization's anticipated programming focused on civic leadership, women, entertainment, design, and technology.
We are very excited to see that Future of Cities is already having an impact! KCRW, one of our valued sponsors, has just launched a new series with Madeleine Brand called Making L.A. The show features conversations with local experts in art, architecture, the environment and governance to explore what LA needs to make it better, to move it forward, and to make it the place we all want it to be.
Future of Cities is honored that among the people who attended and are committed to our initiative are Moby; the Director of LACMA, Michael Govan; architect Mia Lehrer; Los Angeles Magazine’s Mary Melton; our first Korean-American LA City Councilman David Ryu; LA Times architecture critic, Christopher Hawthorne; KCRW’s Jennifer Ferro, CicLAvia co-founder Aaron Paley, co-founder of the tech developer community Sabio.la, Gregorio Rojas; and many others.
Our new civic endeavor will feature smaller salons to further our discussions about next steps for actions and creating some of the new structures we mentioned, including Municipal Art Society West, our online menu of LA leaders projects, and a surprise social media campaign. And at our first major public event in October, 2015, we'll bring together a cross section of accomplished civic, business, philanthropic, cultural and community leaders to ignite civic leadership in LA.
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