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This event occurred on
March 13, 2012
12:00pm - 6:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Atlanta, GA
United States

No concept has been more dramatic changed by network society than that of COMMUNITY. In this event, we'll explore community from the neighborhood to the global level, through speakers who are community glue, community organizers and community re-definers.

384 Northyards Boulevard
Building 100
Atlanta, GA, 30313
United States
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Greg Smith

Greg Smith is a fan of food on wheels. As president of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition, he’s helped create a whole new community, one that thrives on food trucks. Greg Smith is the president of the Atlanta Street Food Coalition, a practicing attorney specializing in small business matters, and a co-owner of the Westside Creamery Ice Cream truck. Greg earned his law degree at the University of Georgia School of Law, his master’s of science in international and European politics at the University of Edinburgh, and his bachelor’s degree in business administration (BBA) in economics at the University of Georgia.

Eddie Owen

The music venue Owen founded, Eddie’s Attic, has helped Atlanta songwriters reach global audiences and amplified the magic of the artist/listener connection. Eddie’s Attic is a popular and intimate live music venue for aspiring and accomplished performing songwriters. Located in Decatur, an arts-friendly city that serves as the Brooklyn to Atlanta’s Manhattan, Eddies’s Attic is a “listening room” with superior sound and acoustics, where customers are asked to silence their cell phones and themselves. The goal is for people to listen closely to the songs, and that ethos has made the Attic’s music room a globally recognized venue. Eddie’s Attic draws fans and artists from all over the world and continues to be one of the premier music venues in the South. On any given night, music lovers can hear talented performing songwriters and bands playing original music in an intimate setting. The Attic welcomes all varieties of original, live music and embraces the diversity that allows independent music to thrive. Eddie’s Attic is a true community center for Decatur as a city, and for performing songwriters everywhere.

Doug Shipman

As CEO of Atlanta’s National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Doug Shipman is guiding the creation of what Atlanta hopes will be the world’s community center for the exploration of human rights struggles around the world. The National Center for Civil and Human Rights proposes to answer this question: Where can we understand our history, celebrate progress and civilly confront the issues of our day? The goal of the Center is to make Atlanta that place. Previously a principal at the Boston Consulting Group, Shipman is overseeing the formative stages of a new center dedicated to the global struggle for civil and human rights. Shipman has an extensive educational background in issues of race, ethnicity and gender, including undergraduate and graduate studies in topics including the relationship between economics and poverty, the history of American minority groups and religion as applied in social movements including the American Civil Rights movement, the Indian independence movement and the Buddhist environmental movement in Southeast Asia.

Judith Pcikens

Judith Pickens speaks about the importance of developing students and the impact it has on the parents and the community. Judith Pickens serves as the senior vice president for program and youth development with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. With more than 30 years experience as an educator and human services professional, Pickens is responsible for developing and implementing national programs in five core areas: Character and Leadership Development; Education and Career Development; Health and Life Skills; The Arts; and Sports, Fitness and Recreation.

Shawn Mullins

An American singer-songwriter who specializes in folk rock, instrumental rock, adult alternative, and Americana music, best known for his Top 10 hit ”Lullaby.“ Shawn Mullins is a product of the Eddie’s Attic scene in Decatur. But his chart-topping success hasn’t changed him, and it certainly hasn’t changed the way he creates his music. The Atlanta native is a master storyteller, a veritable fly-on-the-wall observer and chronicler of life’s circumstances. His influences include fellow songwriters such as Ricki Lee Jones, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and, of course, Bob Dylan. But Mullins is also a dyed-in-the-wool fan of country and rhythm and blues who counts Prince, Gil Scott-Heron, Isaac Hayes, James Brown, Percy Sledge and Otis Redding among his faves. His country preferences lean towards Hank Williams and Kris Kristofferson. On his latest album, 2010’s “Light You Up,” Mullins explores his Southern musical heritage with numbers such as the title cut, which combines his deep baritone singing with a Memphis-style soul groove.

Richard Harding

By spreading life-saving bed nets, Richard Harding is helping to rebuild a continent stricken with malaria, the disease that kills more children in Africa than any other. Richard is president and chairman of End Malaria Now, a nonprofit organization that helps provide life-saving bed nets to African families, helping to end the spread of malaria. Richard founded Sixth Sense Productions, a film and television production company. He studied film at the University of California Los Angeles and has worked in the film industry for more than 10 years with companies such as BBC Films, Kennedy/Marshall (“Jurassic Park,” “ET” and “Indiana Jones”), Silver Lion Films (“Crocodile Dundee,” “Death Wish”) and Samuel Goldwyn Films (“The Preacher’s Wife”). Richard’s most acclaimed accomplishment was playing a key role in financing the 2005 Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated film, “Hotel Rwanda.” His greatest and proudest accomplishment to date is producing “The First Grader,” the true story of an 84-year-old Kenyan villager and ex-Mau Mau freedom fighter who fights for his right to go to school for the first time and get the education he could never afford.

Robert Spano

One of the brightest and most imaginative conductors of his generation, Robert Spano shares his passion for ambitious and adventurous orchestral programming and music education. In 10 seasons as music director of the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Robert Spano has enriched and expanded its repertoire and elevated the ensemble to new levels of international prominence and acclaim. In March 2011, Robert Spano was named music director-designate of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he will assume the title of music director this year. At the same time, Mr. Spano was named a fellow of the prestigious Aspen Institute as part of the Harman-Eisner Artist in Residence Program. In his distinguished career, Spano has conducted the greatest orchestras of North America, including those in Boston, Chicago, Cleveland, Los Angeles, Montreal, New York, Philadelphia and San Francisco. A strong and passionate advocate for music education, Spano is particularly thrilled to take the helm at the Aspen Music Festival and School in 2012.

Judith Mauldin

Judy Mauldin wants to reframe hip-hop as as a conscious way to educate and inspire the minds of young people worldwide. As executive director of the nonprofit Hip Hop 4 Humanity (HH4H), Mauldin aims to lower high school dropout rates by using the art of music to foster the entrepreneurial spirit within young people. Known as "the mother of hip-hop" Judy has helped launch The Business of Entertainment, a curriculum that exposes high school students to the opportunities within the entertainment industries in classes led by industry professionals, trained educators and community leaders. The program fosters self-esteem and confidence by allowing students with virtually no musical skills to come together in a group and create a music project in a simulated studio environment led by a Grammy Award-winning recording artist. Mauldin's program was recently picked up by UN-HABITAT, the United Nations agency that promotes socially and environmentally sustainable towns, for inclusion in "Music as a National Resource: Solutions for Social and Economic Issues," a compendium of projects around the world that use music as a tool to address social issues in cities.

Organizing team


Atlanta, GA, United States
  • Leo Alvarez
    Partner, Perkins + Will / Steering Group member
  • Patty Tucker
    EVP Edelman / Steering Group member
  • Tanya Coventry-Strader
    Director, Corporate Giving, Caters / Steering Group member
  • Michael Piersa
    Business Development Manager, What Counts / Steering Group member
  • Barbara Griffin
    SVP Image Management, Turner / Steering Group member
  • Charles Green
    President, Fulton County Arts Council / Steering Group member
  • Bill Nussey
    CEO, Silverpop / Steering Group member
  • Govantez Lowndes
    Steering Group member
  • Chris Wojda
    Planning Director, Iris Worldwide / Planning Committee
  • Lisa Alvarez
    Principal, Leo+Lisa / Planning Committe, Sponsorships
  • Jenn Graham
    Social Designer, Unboundary / Speaker Liaison + Support
  • Jenn Flemish
    IT Director / Planning Committee, Producer