Diana Lind to Speak at Creative Cities Summit

The Creative Cities Summit in Detroit will run from October 12 to October 15. On the 15th, I will be delivering the keynote luncheon speech about what young urban leader organizations are doing in cities across the country.

In a week, I’ll be in Detroit attending the Creative Cities Summit. Billed as “a three-day conference rooted in the creative economy movement” the event will turn up some of the usual well-respected suspects (Richard Florida, Carol Coletta, Majora Carter, etc.) and some people I haven’t heard of (Ed Bailey of Austin City Limits, Kate Runyon of the Triangle Foundation, etc.).

The agenda should fit under this umbrella:

A dynamic and engaging Web 2.0 enabled conversation about how communities around the world are integrating innovation, social entrepreneurship, sustainability, arts & culture and business to create vibrant economies.

Am I the only person tired of seeing or hearing the terms“innovation” and “sustainability”? I know that sounds terribly cynical, but I am really looking forward to these speakers pressing beyond the typical conversations about these topics.

A few hints about my speech: I’ll be discussing young leader organizations around the country, using examples like NOLA YURP and GLUE. What are some fantastic local organizations that you know of that I’m probably missing?

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Diana Lind is the former executive director and editor in chief of Next City.

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