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Wednesday, July 6 • 2:15pm - 4:45pm
THINK TANK: Who’s Left Out?: Exploring the social infrastructure needed in the era of mass globalization & urbanization

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For the first time in history, more than half the world’s population resides in cities. The world’s urban population now stands at 3.7 billion people, and this number is expected to double by 2050. The trend towards urbanization is only accelerating and 96 percent of all urbanization by 2030 will occur in the developing world. This global shift toward a more urban global population has profound implications for a wide range of issues including food, water, and energy consumption.

As cities become a reality for an ever-greater share of the world’s population, governments, companies, and civil society must recognize that they are largely unequipped to deal with city-level problems. All of this leads to the fact that we cannot organize cities as we have in the past and must take into account new approaches to urbanization.

This session will establish the context for the conversation around the global trend of urbanization  and panelists will share their perspectives on different types  of social infrastructure including governance, commons, community building, placemaking, resilient economies - that could drastically change how city development is approached and how cities could look in the future.


Keynote Speakers & Presenters
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Issam Chleuh

Founder & CEO, Africa Impact Group - CoFounder, Impact Hub Bamako, Africa Impact Group (and) Impact Hub Bamako
Issam Chleuh is the Founder & CEO at Africa Impact Group (AIG), an award winning advisory firm specialized in impact investing, focused on advisory services, incubation, research and news. Issam is also Co-Founder at Impact Hub Bamako. Issam's work is focused on building sustainable... Read More →
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Neal Gorenflo

Project Director, Co-founder, Shareable
Neal is the Project Director and Co-founder of Shareable, a nonprofit that publishes the leading blog about sharing and convenes the Sharing Cities Network. He is a thought leader, author and strategist in the sharing economy, sharing cities, the future of work, and travel spaces... Read More →
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Indy Johar

Co-Founder & Executive Director, 00
ndy Johar is an architect, co-founder of 00 (project00.cc) and a Senior Innovation Associate with the Young Foundation. Indy Johar is a co-founder of Dark Matter Laboratories: our goal is to apply complex systems science to value chain innovation, management and relationships; turning... Read More →
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Konda Mason

Co-founder, Impact Hub Oakland
Konda Mason is the Co-Founder and CEO of Impact Hub Oakland, a beautiful co-working space that supports and connects socially engaged change makers and social entrepreneurs in creating community and acquiring the skills they need to bring their projects to life. In 2015 Ms. Mason... Read More →
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Debbie So

Head of Partnerships, Impact Hub Islington
Programmes, partnerships & strategy at Impact Hub Islington (the first Impact Hub in the world!). Also part of this year's Unlikely Allies facilitation team, designing sessions on network collaboration.

Wednesday July 6, 2016 2:15pm - 4:45pm PDT
Impact Hub Seattle- Waterfall Room