Innovation Economy + Art/Culture + Education + Real Estate Development = A Great City
The Aspen Institute and the Urban Land Institute joined forces for the inaugural Global Forum on the Culture of Innovation. The two-day convening was built on the work of both the Aspen Institute Global Initiative on Culture and Society and the conversation that began in 2011 at ULI’s Powering Innovation Economies conference.
The goal of the forum was to illuminate the conditions and strategies conducive to building sustainable, idea-generating environments in order to drive 21st century economic development and generate business value. In addition to listening to stimulating panel discussion, keynote presentations, and peer-to-peer exchanges, forum participants had the opportunity to visit the fourth annual Art San Diego Contemporary Art Fair, which has become a popular cultural event.
The forum drew together a dynamic group of business and civic leaders, policy makers, cultural entrepreneurs, philanthropists, media professionals, educators, artists, curators, designers, and technology experts. Their experts and insights were invaluable to discussion of the challenges of inspiring creativity and how these challenges of inspiring creativity and how these challenges affect innovation in the communities and organizations where people live and work.
The theme – “Growing More Ideas per square Foot: How Cities Can Harness Talent, place, and Culture to Drive Innovation” – reflected the extent to which the forum was intended to serve as an influential platform to share the latest thinking and explore successful innovation ecologies across a variety of scales – from building to cluster to district to city.