Meeting of the Minds
Annual Summit

October 23-25 in Cleveland

Spotlighting innovations in urban sustainability and connected technology

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Armond Budish, Jennifer Thomas, and Jessie Feller Hahn discuss the Meeting of the Minds Annual Summit, convening October 23-25 in Cleveland, OH.

Upcoming Events

Urban Sustainability Happy Hour Meetup

Urban Sustainability Happy Hour Meetup

On the first Thursday of each month — in multiple cities throughout North America — come have a casual drink with others working on innovations in urban sustainability and connected technology. These First Thursday happy hours started in San Francisco in January,...

Meeting of the Minds is a knowledge sharing platform focused on urban sustainability, innovation, and connected technology. Find out more.

Recent Articles

How Health Care Supports Sustainable Communities

If you want a healthier community, you don’t just treat illness. You prevent it. And you don’t prevent it by telling people to quit smoking, eat right and exercise. You help them find jobs and places to live and engaging schools so they can pass all that good on, so they can build solid futures and healthy neighborhoods and communities filled with hope.

The City as an Instrument of Public Health

The concept of urban health is becoming an increasing concern as awareness of the true extent of the issue spreads. Particularly for health services in low and middle-income countries (LMICs), which are already struggling to cope with the burden of infectious diseases, the added pressure of NCDs poses a serious threat.

And yet, this does not need to be the case. There is positive work that can make an enormous difference to the health of city-dwellers. We need to close the gap between awareness and action, recognizing cities’ potential enabling features to address public health issues.

Integrating Formal and Informal Transportation Services into a Hybrid Network

Featuring Roger Behrens

Meeting of the Minds talked with Roger Behrens about planning for hybrid urban transportation systems that include both formal and informal transit services. Roger is an Associate Professor in the University of Cape Town’s Department of Civil Engineering. He is Director of the Centre for Transport Studies, and of the African Centre of Excellence for Studies in Public and Non-motorised Transport (ACET). He graduated with a Master Degree in City and Regional Planning from UCT in 1991, and with a PhD degree in 2002. His current research activities relate to: the integration and improvement of paratransit services; the dynamics and pace of changing travel behavior; the use of transport systems by pedestrians; and the urban form prerequisites for viable public transport networks. 

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