Urban Consulate: Can Cities Be Local & Global?
Time & Location
How can cities be inclusive and welcoming to the world without undermining local people, places and culture? What are the secrets to striking a healthy balance between localism and globalism? Join Urban Consulate at Amplify Philly House for a cross-city conversation with guests from Philadelphia, Detroit, New Orleans & Belfast.
Cezanne Charles, Creative Many (Detroit, Michigan)
Charles is director of Creative Industries at Creative Many Michigan, where she co-leads the design and implementation of Creative Many’s creative industries research, reporting and supporting efforts to define public policy strategies, sector supports and investment priorities. Charles directs Creative Many’s programs providing the knowledge, funding, networks and advocacy needed to help empower the practices of artists, designers and designer-makers within the state. Charles has a Master of Public Administration from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy University of Michigan. She serves on Design Core Detroit’s UNESCO City of Design Stewardship Board, the Board of Directors of Allied Media Project and the Programming Committee of Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit.
Brendan McGoran, Economic Development Officer, Belfast City Council (Belfast, UK)
Brendan McGoran is the lead officer for the development and implementation of Belfast City Council’s Creative Digital Industries strategy. He is responsible for an extensive portfolio of projects that form the Council’s support structure for Belfast’s Creative and Digital Sector under the themes of Economy, Talent and Infrastructure. Projects under these themes include the development of co-working space for creative companies in the City, supporting new digital tech clusters such as virtual immersive technology and enabling the sector to do business internationally through events such as South by Southwest, Output and Cartoon Business.
Michelle Freeman, Witty Gritty, Urban Consulate (Philadelphia)
The daughter of an immigrant, Michelle is a passionate champion of Philadelphia and has been marketing & promoting the city since she was an undergrad in Drexel University. In 2008, she began operating her own agency, Witty Gritty, which focuses on marketing strategy, community engagement, and full-scale event production for partners including the Urban Consulate, the Welcoming Center for New Pennsylvanians, TEDxPhiladelphia & Amplify Philly. She was named one of Drexel University's "40 Under 40" in 2015, a top “Keeper and Connector” by Leadership Philadelphia in 2014, an Emerging Leader by the Philly DoGooder Awards in 2013 and the Forum of Executive Women in 2011.
Claire Nelson, Urban Consulate (New Orleans/Detroit)
Claire is the founder of Urban Consulate, a network of parlors for urban exchange. A 2015 Knight Cities winner, the Consulate has hosted over 200 conversations in Detroit, Philadelphia & New Orleans to bring people together and share ideas for better cities. Popular topics include equitable development, cultural placekeeping, racial equity, gentrification & displacement, ethical tourism, and immigration & migration. A Chicagoland native, Claire studied Architecture & Urbanism at Smith College and Columbia University and has lived & worked in New York City, Washington D.C., Detroit & New Orleans.