“Moving to L.A. – it’s an inevitability” is a quote from musician and activist Moby, one of the key speakers at Future of Cities: Leading in LA, a new civic initiative held at LACMA on October 19, 2015. It also inspired an article about the event written by Julia Herbst at Los Angeles Magazine,
As a New York City transplant and Director of Social Media for Future of Cities, working with the digital media agency New Economy Campaigns, I was excited when tickets sold out and over 400 Los Angeles leaders and civic-minded residents showed up for the launch to discuss the region’s future.
In addition to Moby, panelists included Michael Govan, CEO & Wallis Annenberg Director, LACMA; KCRW host Madeleine Brand; The Advancement Project CEO John Kim; U.S. Hispanic Media Inc. Chair of the Board Monica Lozano; Gallerist and Leimert Park Advocate Michelle Papillion; LA24 Olympic Bid Committee Chairman Casey Wasserman and many more.
The event addressed some of the most pressing issues facing Los Angeles, tapping into the deep reserve of the speakers and panelists’ leadership experience and passion for our city, and commitment to contribute to a shared vision of change. Special events included a visual display of L.A. neighborhoods by Walton Isaacson with specially designed maps from the MIT Media Lab and more.
There was great momentum at Future of Cities: Leading in LA, and the media took note with coverage in Forbes, LA Observed, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and the Huffington Post. more here: http://www.futurecitiesla.org/press.
The population of Los Angeles is growing and we need a collaborative network of leaders to make the city more livable. Future of Cities initiated a dialog to build this network. The key question now is “how will L.A. leaders and residents continue to ignite civic engagement and create beneficial change?”