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Theme: How does a sustainable community behave?

This event occurred on
September 21, 2013
9:00am - 4:30pm MDT
(UTC -6hrs)
Salt Lake City, UT
United States

How does a sustainable community behave? Let's hear what ours is saying.

Home of the 2002 Winter Olympics, Salt Lake City has been recently ranked as one of the top five US cities in which to live for reasons ranging from hiking to public transportation, and healthcare costs to business opportunities.

On September 21, 2013, in collaboration with “the City 2.0,” we're bringing together urban advocates, visionaries, innovators, movers and shakers for a multi-disciplinary conversation about how to create a future for our city that's even more playful, more safe, more beautiful, and more healthy for everyone.

How will an upgraded Salt Lake City look, feel, move and thrive? Our speakers were handpicked to represent the primary themes that emerge as this conversation advances:

Discover: Cities teach us how to live with and learn from people totally unlike us. They teach us to draw on the past and push into the future, and to be entrepreneurial and resilient. No grades; just transformation. How can we model this in the classroom to prepare future generations to create, innovate, and continue to improve our city?

Evolve: Each city has an identity from the past which has shaped what it is now. How will we shape the unseen forces that influence what the city and its citizens will look like in the future? How do we create new paradigms as well as new systems?

Express: How and where can our city embrace both genuine expression and connection? Public art allows people to see themselves, their aspirations, and struggles reflected in the urban infrastructure. Cities are thus a canvas, albeit rarely a blank one.

Feed: What and how are we eating, and what does it say about what we value? Cities have experienced an explosion of interest in food justice all over the world in the last few years alone. We’re thinking more urgently and more intentionally about how our food is grown, shipped, prepared, and shared than ever before.

Heal: How do we create a personalized system of healthcare where individuals have access to ample education, providers, and resources to support each in his unique pursuit of optimal health?

Invest: Are we coming up with alternative and innovative opportunities for people to have ownership of their community? We need revolutionary methods of supporting entrepreneurs in the growth and development of their start-ups and provide opportunities to become entrepreneurial leaders for life.

Move: How do cities get people and goods from one place to another? We seldom think about how our daily transit plays a role in our expression of and connection to our city.

Re-purpose: Urban advocates have long struggled with the daunting but compelling challenge of finding ways to make housing both more green and dignifying. What innovations will allow us to use both new and previously existing materials to forge a new understanding of sustainable living?

Thrive: How do we weave these threads to produce the durable yet flexible tapestry of a sustainable and flourishing community?

Unite: How about using pooled resources to build our future city? Let’s talk about it.

*Photograph taken by Charles Uibel

The Leonardo
209 E 500 S
Salt Lake City, UT, 84111
United States
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Dr. Craig F. Buhler

Dr. Buhler served as the team sports chiropractor for the Utah Jazz Basketball Team for 26 years. During his tenure with the Utah Jazz, he was instrumental in creating the lowest "Player Missed Games due to Injury Rate" of any team in the NBA for 26 years. He has treated world class, elite athletes as well as the general public who testify of his special ability to assist them in improved performance and wellness. Traveling with five patients to the 2010 Vancouver winter games, two of them won medals, one a Bronze and the other a Gold. Dr. Buhler is also a provider for the US Ski Team. Dr. Buhler received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree in 1978 from Western States Chiropractic College in Portland Oregon. After graduation Dr. Buhler completed a Post Doctoral Fellowship at the University of Utah school of Medicine in the physiology department focusing on the conditions of motor physiology. In addition to being on the medical team of the Jazz he has had a successful practice in Utah for 35 years. Dr. Buhlers' patients travel from all over the world to experience the healing benefits of this transformational work. He enjoys spending time with his six daughters, skiing and riding horses. His passion is assisting young athletes in reaching their full potential and helping their dreams come true.

Adrienne Cachelin, PhD

Dr. Adrienne Cachelin is an Assistant Professor of Environmental and Sustainability Studies at the University of Utah. She is passionate about cultivating citizens who think critically and are compelled to shape the larger community. Adrienne seeks to expose connections between justice and sustainability so students understand both their ecological and socially-constructed positions. Her commitment to these ideals is illustrated in the community engaged learning courses she teaches including Eating for Justice, Health, and Sustainability and Environmental Justice. One theme in both of these courses is engaging students in the skills, concepts, and community orientations needed to critically consider their role in the global agro-industrial food chain. The University’s Office of Equity and Diversity recently recognized Dr.Cachelin as an advocate for social justice both on campus and in the broader community.

Stephen Goldsmith

Informed by empathy and a love for the places and people he works with, Stephen Goldsmith’s work in our community can be seen in neighborhoods, parks, public policies, the creation of affordable housing, live/work space for artists and craftspeople, and incubator space for both for-profit and non-profit businesses. During his 20 years as the founding director of Artspace, he transformed underutilized historic buildings into mixed-use spaces that have been recognized both locally and nationally for their innovation, architectural excellence and as examples of social and environmental responsibility. He is an Associate Professor with the College of Architecture and Planning at the University of Utah. He also serves as the Director of the Center for the Living City, a non-profit organization whose purpose is to enhance our understanding of the complexity of contemporary urban life and through it, promote increased civic engagement. His work also includes award winning design collaborations such as the daylighting of (the real) City Creek, the Seven Canyons Fountain in Liberty Park, Headgates at the Salt Lake Community College, and an interactive, contemplative water feature at the entry to Primary Children’s Medical Center. Stephen is a fourth generation Salt Lake City resident who loves spending as many days and nights as possible in the magical wild places of Utah contemplating ways to quickly heal, repair, and transform the places we care about.

Dale Hull MD, MPA

Dr. Dale Hull began his private medical practice in 1989 in Salt Lake City. Just 10 years later, he injured his spinal cord resulting in paralysis from the neck down. This life-altering event prevented him from returning to active practice. He became the patient in a world where he had once been the practitioner. After three years of rehabilitation and expert guidance from a physical therapist, this hard work combined with good fortune allowed him to regain some measure of functional ability, which included being a Torchbearer for the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympic Games. He is currently the Executive Director of Neuroworx, a not-for-profit, innovative, community-based, outpatient physical therapy facility he co-founded with his physical therapist, Jan Black, in 2004. The clinic specializes in the rehabilitation of individuals with paralysis from spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and similar neurological conditions.

Gary Jense

Founder, Co-Conspirator, Guest Lecturer, and College Dropout with over four years of 'professional' experience in startup land. At present Gary manages all business development efforts for, a user-to-user gift exchange service. In the past he has participated as a peer mentor at the Foundry, the University of Utah's startup incubator; founded two startups, Research Accelerator and Zeniick; and, on occasion, has guest lectured at the University of Utah's school of business in both their undergraduate and graduate entrepreneurship course series. He's committed the next five years to sticking around and contributing to Salt Lake's entrepreneurial ecosystem.

John T. Kesler

John T. Kesler is a practicing attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah, but he also shares an awareness and meditation practice and has been a social activist through writing, speaking, facilitating and consulting. He always closely links working on internal awareness, integration and growth with social activism in the world, as a part of his own life practice and as a core aspect of what he shares with others. In addition, he and his colleagues mentor communities in the context of a global environment through the non-profit organization, which he founded and chairs, the Salt Lake Center for Engaging Communities. John served as Communities Editor of National Civic Review, the oldest and most respected journal in the United States addressing local civic and democratic practices. He also served as director of the official meditation center for the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. John recently acted as executive director and was on the board of the Utah 3Rs program, dedicated to promoting religious liberty principles and civility in Utah Schools. In 2008 John convened the citizens of the State of Utah in developing a “Call to Civility and Community; Ground Rules for Discourse and Behavior”, which was endorsed by all top state leaders in Utah in all branches of government and both major political parties.

Roi Maufas

Roi has twenty years developing and managing multi-million dollar ventures and is well versed in strategic planning, project management and resource development. He’s passionate about inventing and developing technological solutions to existing problems in the building science, automotive and energy fields and has the proven ability to manage complex issues and projects from a large picture perspective while producing excellent highly innovative results. Born in Hampton,Virginia, he grew up urban farming, moving around a lot, and hiding from bullies in libraries. Later, he spent years on the road pursuing his dream as a musician, delivering sailboats, fighting forest fires and working in the film industry. He formed Gorilla Design, (an architecture firm specializing in alternative building solutions) after experiencing hurricane Katrina and the birth of his son. He has a GED and a library card, and lives in Salt Lake City as a husband, a father, and curious human.

Molly O’Neill Robinson

Molly O’Neill Robinson leads Salt Lake City’s Urban Design Studio. As the City’s urban designer, she is responsible for building value in the public realm through civic leadership, citizen empowerment, and design controls and incentives. Her goal is to elevate design consciousness and culture in Salt Lake City by advocating for the qualities and design details that make memorable places and livable neighborhoods. Molly is the project manager for the Downtown Master Plan, a 25-year vision and roadmap for the future of Downtown Salt Lake. The plan will be based on community values, identified and explored through storytelling. She leads various workshops, design charrettes, and walking tours to engage the public in the conversation on urban design and the city they want to build. Prior to joining the Planning Division staff in Salt Lake, Molly was a planner and project manager at OLIN, an award-winning landscape architecture, urban design and planning studio in Philadelphia, and Sasaki, a leading internationally-renowned planning and design firm in Boston. Molly holds a MS in Planning from the School of Community and Regional Planning at the University of British Columbia and a BS in Natural Resource Studies from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. She has served as an Assistant Instructor at PennDesign at the University of Pennsylvania and is a regularly invited guest juror at the University of Utah College of Architecture and Planning.

Richard Swart, PhD

Richard Swart runs a research program at UC Berkeley studying the intersection of innovation and social funding mechanisms. He is one of the world’s top experts in crowdfunding dynamics. He works with the US Government, the World Bank, and the European Union where he advises on the use of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to spur innovation. Frequently playing at the intersection of startups and research, Richard undertook a research project years ago studying networking. He used this knowledge to build one of the nation’s largest communities for entrepreneurs and small businesses – one of the fastest growing meetups ever formed. Dr. Swart consults with many companies to mentor their executives on how to leverage the power of networking and build innovation capacity. He is avidly interested in the intersection of science and the social graph – and how changing social dynamics allow us to collectively solve complex problems.

Sonia Woodbury, PhD

Sonia has had a vision to improve public education in Utah for the 30 years she has taught. "When I was teaching in the public school system, I got through to the majority of the students, but there were always the students who were sitting in the back of the classroom that weren't engaged. It was with these students that I thought, if I was given some time and flexibility, I could reach them.” This was the challenge. Sonia founded City Academy (a college preparatory tuition-free public charter school) in 2000, which is a large step forward in achieving her vision. "I think it's really happening. We have such a wide range of students and learning styles and it takes serious effort to figure out how to reach each learner but the longer we do it, the better we get.” Further, Sonia believes a transformation of the public school system is inevitable and she knows City Academy can help. "The vision has always been about public education and changing it for the better.” Sonia knows there are better ways to teach so more students will learn - she does it every day. She and her staff have designed a learning environment where each student can learn best given their unique backgrounds and learning styles. Sonia wants this for all students in the public education system, not just the ones that are lucky enough to attend City Academy. Her vision is to provide a foundation of research and results that can then be leveraged to change the public education system.

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