20 Mar 2019
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"Change makers are the innovators of our time:" How cities and their inhabitants can make the world more sustainable

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

This event is co-organized by Leuven MindGate and Leuven 2030 with support from the City of Leuven

All prices include a free copy of Leen Gorissen and Erika Meynaerts' book Change the World City by City: A Change Maker's Guide To Fast Forward Sustainability published by Lannoo Campus

Members of Leuven MindGate and Leuven 2030: 75€ excl. VAT
Non-members: 95€ excl. VAT

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After registration you will receive a confirmation and route description. Fee is payable after receipt of invoice.

We are happy to provide proof of attendance on request.

Boerenbond gebouw
Diestsevest 40
3000 Leuven
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It’s no secret: the world is changing. The only question is, how will we react? First and foremost, we need to take stock of how we (can) affect the change. Oh yes, we can certainly influence the change through the choices we make. But how do we know which choices to make and how to solicit help from partners?

We are delighted to announce that the sought-after Canadian city planner and urbanist Brent Toderian will be joining our event! He'll give a keynote incorporating his own philosophies about cities, better city-making, and successful urban design with his observations of Leuven and Belgium more generally. He's already advised and collaborated with cities, agencies and best-practice developers around the world, including the cities of Auckland, Brisbane, Buenos Aires, Copenhagen, Gold Coast, Groningen, Helsinki, Medellin, New York, Oslo, Perth, Rotterdam, and Sydney, and in Canada the cities of Abbotsford, Burlington, Calgary, Edmonton, Halifax, London, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Ottawa, Regina, Surrey, and Vancouver. Now it's our turn!

Come along to the Boerenbond building in Leuven on March 20 to hear how collaboration and innovation are already making a difference as well as possibilities for improvement. As Leen and Erika write in their book, “The future is the result of what we all create together.” In fact, you’ll be able to read their book yourself because a free copy (worth 30€) is included when you register!


17:30 Welcome registration with coffee

Intro by Leuven MindGate (Jane Judge) and Leuven 2030 (Katrien Rycken)
18:15 Leen Gorissen and Erika Meynaerts discuss their book Change the World City by City
18:40 Panel discussion with Miss Miyagi (Michiel Van Baelen), The Food Assembly/Boeren en Buren (Hannes Van den Eeckhout), Vaartopia (Roel Stessens), and the Leuven City Administration (Veronique Charlier); Moderated by Dr. Jessica Schoffelen (LUCA - KU Leuven)

Break with refreshments

Brent Toderian, Toderian Urban Works
20:10 Q&A

Reception and networking catered by Wups biocatering