Our friend and green hero, Alex Steffen, will take the stage at Seattle’s town Hall for two back-to-back talks on November 11 and 12. Alex is one of the world’s most sought after green futurists. Traveling the globe constantly to share his bright green vision of a new model for global prosperity, it’s rare that we get this much face time with this Seattle star. So come out and hear what all the rumbling is about. Tickets are remarkably cheap: $5.
Alex will share Worldchanging’s latest thoughts about the planetary challenges we face and his cutting edge ideas about bright green solutions, sustainability and urban innovation. And after the talks, you’ll also get a chance to meet other Worldchangers, make connections and share ideas.
But each talk is different, so choose carefully (or attend both, which is what I’m doing).
A New Global Future – Wednesday, November 11
Nine billion people on a straining planet is a recipe either for catastrophe or transformation. Which future we get – tragic disaster or sustainable prosperity – will depend largely on the choices we here in the developed world make. What is possible for billions of people rising out of poverty will be determined largely by the shape of the economy we create in places like Seattle. How do we understand what a bright green future looks like and how do we propel our region toward it? This first night will explore the breakthroughs in renewable energy, green building, clean technology, smart infrastructure and sustainable design that can enable the Pacific Northwest to not only help lead the planet away from catastrophe, but to become an economic power house.
Seattle’s Bright Green Moment – Thursday, November 12
Cities are the engines of a bright green economy. A new urban way of life is emerging that is not only ecologically frugal, but wealthier, healthier, and more enjoyable. At the same time, smart cities are becoming the hothouses of sustainable innovation, growing the designs, technologies, policies, and start up companies that will thrive in the new global economy. Learn how leading urban regions like London, Copenhagen, Melbourne and Seoul are scrambling to rebuild themselves on bright green lines in order to lead in the economy of tomorrow. Join the conversation on how we can use cutting edge practices such as innovation networks, metropolitan coalitions, and government 2.0 to break through the logjams blocking our region’s progress to build a more vital, sustainable and prosperous home.
Both talks will be in the Great Hall at Town Hall Seattle (townhallseattle.org), and start 7:30 p.m. (doors at 7:00 p.m.). Each talk is 90 minutes, no intermission. Presented by Town Hall’s Center for Civic Life. Tickets are $5.00 and the event is expected to sell out.