Jack grew up in and around the entertainment industry and later fell in love with cities and urban renewal efforts as a result of his travels as a touring musician. He originally developed Saving Cities (www.savingcities.com) as a small idea bank for his hometown of Cleveland; the idea was to simply encourage and raise support for specific organizations and causes. However, through hundreds of conversations with amazing revivalists all over the Rust Belt, the idea has grown into what is today: a movement of small movements, aimed at creating lasting change in local communities throughout the region. He spends a majority of his time listening to other passionate city-lovers tell their stories, while managing the day-to-day at Saving Cities. Some of Jack’s favorite things are his family and friends, a neat glass of Gentleman Jack, reading about all things Kennedy, and obsessing over LOST (yes, even though it’s been over for quite some time now).
Day 2 / Apr, 13 @ 8:00 pm
Top Floor : Starlight Room
FRED. Fresh Radical Educational Dialogue. With a “night cap.”
10 minute talks / presentations / performances in the TED.com* or PechaKucha** models. Fast paced, big ideas presented in a compelling way. Plus a challenge from the presenter to the audience to create change.
And still plenty of time for schmoozing and chatting. Cash bar is open.
Conference attendees are invited to come for a casual “night cap” in the Starlight Room. And to be challenged with big ideas for change. This is a great opportunity to test an idea, make a case for something a little wild, introduce an inquiry or just tell about a particularly interesting project.
Presenters have 10 minutes. A relaxed atmosphere. A laptop. A projector.
Chris Clark will MC to keep it flowing. FREDtalkers include:
Joan Lipkin: Why Bayard Rustin Just Might Be the Greatest Man You Never Heard Of
Mallory Nezam: StL Improv Anywhere
Jessica Ruhlin: The Type One Project
Michael Allen: Pruitt Igoe Now
Jack Storey & Rick Stockburger: Saving Cities & Mega-Region Coalition
Dan Reus: Openly Disruptive
Kathleen Richert: An Instaconomy
Kara Holland: Reclaimed Places: Picnics
Zoe Scharf & Matt Strom: Brain Drain: Light up and connect St. Louis
Lyndsey Scott: Recalibrating Presence
*TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment, Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. TED includes the award-winning TEDTalks video site TED.com and the annual TED Prize.
**PechaKucha Night was devised in Tokyo in 2003 as an event for young designers to meet, network, and show their work. It has turned into a massive celebration, with events happening in hundreds of cities around the world, inspiring creatives worldwide. Drawing its name from the Japanese term for the sound of conversation (“chit chat”), it rests on a presentation format that is based on a simple idea: 20 images x 20 seconds. It’s a format that makes presentations concise, and keeps things moving at a rapid pace.