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Denise Byrne, Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson, Walter Isaacson and Christopher Gergen

A Magical Moment in Cleveland

Culminating over two years of work, the Cleveland convening marked another watershed moment for our community. Gone were the general abstractions about the obvious importance of this work. Rather, generalities were replaced by honest conversation and tangible examples of inclusive innovation work. 

Cleveland Convening Recap

The Final Forward Cities Convening in Cleveland

At the final convening in Cleveland, Forward Cities council members and guests gathered to deepen their collaborative relationships, highlight lessons learned throughout the initiative, elevate inclusive innovation in a national context, and above all, showcase Cleveland's intentional strides toward an inclusive innovation economy.

Ernest and Camryn Smith explain the work made by the Durham Council.

What We Learned and Where We Go From Here: Reflections from the Forward Cities Councils

While Cleveland, Durham, Detroit and New Orleans each have their own personality, struggles and entrepreneurial communities, it quickly became evident during the recent Cleveland convening that some of Forward Cities’ greatest accomplishments were achieved by learning from each other.  

Walter Isaacson presents at the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame.

Isaacson on Innovation - An Intimate Conversation

From the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame during the Cleveland Convening, watch the full presentation of Walter Isaacson, president and CEO of the Aspen Institute Center for Urban Innovation, sharing a global perspective on how diversity and creativity are critical components of innovation and how cities are cultural ecosystems that foster progress.   

Mardi Gras Indians Cleveland Convening

The Importance of the Mardi Gras Indians to New Orleans

Being a part of Forward Cities has been an eye opening experience since it has provided us the opportunity to learn from efforts, in New Orleans and the other participating cities, to include and connect minority small businesses like ours to other community partners and anchor institutions that can support and create change in our neighborhoods.

Ed Boyd Cleveland

Why Saying Goodbye To Forward Cities is Tough

Ed Boyd, entrepreneur and inclusive innovation leader, describes his transformation from a supporter to an advocate of Forward Cities and what Forward Cities means to him and his work in Durham. 

Hajj Flemings

Rebrand Detroit Participates in the Cleveland Forward Cities Convening

The most valuable part of the convening was seeing how organizations in Cleveland were addressing the challenges of economic development for minority neighborhood business owners - the retail brick-and-mortar businesses with underrepresented owners who are typically disconnected from capital resources and urban density.

Indian Head Chief Shaka Zulu from New Orleans performs at the Rock Hall reception

Forward Cities convenes in Cleveland

Last week in Cleveland, some 200 Forward Cities attendees from across the nation explored strategies that foster entrepreneurship and social innovation in minority communities.

Kathryn Pettit Day 3 Cleveland

Still to Come: Urban Institute Measures the Impact of Forward Cities

Thursday morning during the Cleveland Convening, Kathy Pettit, senior research associate in the Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center at the Urban Institute, presented the Urban Institute's initial findings on Forward Cities' local and national research products and their impact. 

Jerry Paffendorf Aspen Ideas

Loveland Technologies Pitches at Aspen Ideas Festival

At the 2016 Aspen Ideas Festival, Loveland Technologies presented an ambitious idea: to map the entire world, parcel by parcel, in order to close the information gap and to provide citizens across the globe with powerful, community-changing knowledge.
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Forward Cities Cleveland Convening

The Forward Cities effort culminated in a fourth and final convening in Cleveland June 14-17 with Forward Cities council members and guests gathered to deepen their collaborative relationships, highlight lessons learned throughout the initiative, elevate inclusive innovation in a national context, and above all, showcase Cleveland's intentional strides toward an inclusive innovation economy. 
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