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Monday, March 16 • 9:30am - 10:30am
How Agile Approaches Crack Urban Challenges

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It’s almost impossible to escape the constant chatter around so-called Smart Cities, but why is it taking so long for us to experience the benefits? Urban innovation is still bounded by the glacial pace of master planning, despite a world now shifting almost every 6 months. So, how can civic centers keep up? By bringing true agile and lean start-up methods from the emerging technology realm to our streets. If we put human-centered design at the heart of rapid iteration, imagine how much more efficiently we could invest taxpayer dollars. Testing assumptions we make about citizen needs allows us to flexibly adjust solutions before discovering costly errors years into an initiative. We can no longer afford to ignore this bottleneck amid mass migrations and mega-cities. In this panel, we will discuss why most civic pilots have nothing to do with true agile best practices; the big benefits that come from adopting a learning mindset; and what this might do for food deserts, for example.

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DeKoven Ashley

Co-Founder, thrdPlace
I am an Urbanophile.
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Kaz Ashley

Co-Founder, thrdPlace
I am an Urbanophile.
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Kaz Brecher

Founder & Chief Curious Catalyst, Curious Catalyst Inc
As the daughter of two rocket scientists, Kaz founded Curious Catalyst to marry investigation with action, bringing a new take to the business of social impact through her experience in agile approaches. After years working with emerging technology platforms and solving larger cross-disciplinary... Read More →

Grace Kim

Dir of Strategy & Partnerships, GOOD/Corps
I collaborate with pragmatic idealists to design effective and creative solutions for social impact.

Monday March 16, 2015 9:30am - 10:30am CDT
JW Marriott Room 208

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