CityLab 2015

October 18 – 20, 2015

The Atlantic, in partnership with The Aspen Institute and Bloomberg Philanthropies, once again convened preeminent mayors, urban scholars, architects, city leaders and innovators to address problems facing metropolitan areas.  CityLab—the groundbreaking summit named Best Conference at the 2015 Folio FAME Awards—featured presentations, field trips, tutorials and roundtable conversations among these leading minds to advance the bold, scalable ideas and solutions they are using to transform metro centers around the world.

This year, CityLab travelled to London—a locale booming with breakthrough ideas in both the public and private sectors. Building on the foundations established in New York City and Los Angeles, this year's event explored income inequality, safety, mobility, infrastructure and other dynamics of modern metropolises to create more livable and sustainable cities.

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Podcasts from breakout sessions

Creatives, Contigents, Contracts - Re - Imagining The Future Of Work

Spin Doctors - Are Public Services Better Off In The Inpedendent Sector

Your City, Your Brand - Positioning A City To Residents, Visitors And Businesses

Results You Can Count On - Using Data To Protect The Public Health

What's Mine Is Yours - How To Build Trust In The Sharing Economy

In Data We Trust - How To Bring The Bureaucracy Along

Vacancy To Vibrancy - Interventions To Transform Urban Areas Through Culture

It Takes A City - Engaging Citizens In Ways That Matter

Beyond Cool - What Millennials Want From City Life

Innovate From The Inside - How Your Empolyees Can Improve Efficiency…

Innovating Affordability - The Search For New Answers On Housing

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Monday, October 19

Morning Plenary Program

9:00 AM  Welcome

  • Michael R. Bloomberg, Founder, Bloomberg LP and Bloomberg Philanthropies, 108th Mayor of the City of New York

  • David Bradley, Chairman, Atlantic Media

9:10 AM  Interview

  • Boris Johnson, Mayor, London

  • Michael R. Bloomberg

  • With Walter Isaacson, CEO and President, The Aspen Institute

9:45 AM  India’s Urban Transformation

  • Sheela Patel, Director, Society for the Promotion of Area Resource Centres (SPARC)

  • Sunita Narain, Director General, Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)

  • Bimal Patel, President, CEPT University

  • With Ritula Shah, Presenter, The World Tonight, BBC Radio 4, BBC News

10:15 AM  Executive Perspectives:  McKinsey & Company

  • Jonathan Woetzel, Director, McKinsey Global Institute and Global Leader of the Cities Special Initiative, McKinsey & Company

10:20 AM  How to Keep Cities Moving

  • Isabel Dedring, Deputy Mayor for Transport, Greater London Authority
  • With Caroline Hyde, European Business Correspondent, Bloomberg Television

10:40 AM  Dot Gov: Government’s Digital Transformation

  • Mike Bracken, Chief Digital Officer, Co-operative Group

  • Hillary Hartley, Deputy Executive Director, 18F

  • Dominic Campbell, Founder and Director, FutureGov

  • Ron Huldai, Mayor, Tel Aviv-Yafo, Israel

  • With  Steve Clemons, Washington Editor at Large, The Atlantic

11:20 AM  Elliot Gerson, The Aspen Institute

Afternoon Plenary Program

3:40 PM  Ricky Burdett, Director, LSE Cities

3:50 PM Interview

  • Zaha Hadid, Zaha Hadid Architects
  • With Christine Murray, Editor, The Architectural Review

4:10 PM  Executive Perspectives: J.P. Morgan

  • Vittorio Grilli, Chairman of the Cooperate & Investment Bank, EMEA, J.P. Morgan

4:15 PM  Migrants, Refugees and the Challenge Facing European Cities

  • Giorgos Kaminis, Mayor, Athens, Greece

  • George Ferguson, Mayor, Bristol, United Kingdom

  • With James Bennet, Editor in Chief and President, The Atlantic

4:40 PM Executive Perspectives: General Motors

  • Mike Ableson, Corporate Strategy and Global Portfolio Planning, General Motors

4:45 PM The Nimble Metropolis: Making Data Work for Cities

  • Geoff Mulgan, Chief Executive, Nesta

  • Paige Fitzgerald, Connected Citizens Program Manager, Waze

  • Pedro Peracio, Chief Digital Officer, City of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • Jo Bertram, Regional General Manager, UK, Ireland & Nordics, Uber

  • Herman Narula, Chief Executive Officer, Improbable

  • With Katherine Oliver, Principal, Bloomberg Associates

5:40 PM  James Anderson, Bloomberg Philanthropies

Tuesday, October 20

Morning Plenary Program

9:00 AM  Margaret Low Smith, President, AtlanticLIVE

9:05 AM Changing Streets, Changing the World

  • Jan Gehl, Founding Partner, Gehl Architects
  • Alfred Vanderpuije, Mayor, Accra, Ghana
  • With Janette Sadik-Khan, Principal, Bloomberg Associates

Closing Plenary Program

12:20 PM Communities and the Police: Global Perspectives on Collaboration

  • Charles Ramsey, Commissioner, Philadelphia Police Department

  • Rob Beckley, Chief Operating Officer, College of Policing

  • Ronald Davis, Director, Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), United States Department of Justice

  • Robson Rodrigues da Silva, Chief of Staff, Polícia Militar do Estado do, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

  • With Mary Louise Kelly, Contributing Editor, The Atlantic

1:00 PM  More Together: Rewriting the Urban Social Contract

  • Charles Leadbeater, Author, “The London Recipe”

1:40 PM James Anderson, Government Innovation, Bloomberg Philanthropies

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