Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Carol Coletta on Breathing Art Into the City

Most of you probably know Carol Coletta well by now. She was formerly head of CEOs for Cities and now runs Art Place. She’s a great thinker and speaker on cities. She recently spoke at the Business Innovation Factory conference in Providence. I was only able to attend day one and so miss her talk on day two. Lucky for me, the videos are now now online, so I could watch her TED-like talk and share it with you.

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One Response to “Carol Coletta on Breathing Art Into the City”

  1. Robert Munson says:

    Thanks for sharing.
    Carol Coletta’s point that we should focus on retaining talent is spot-on.

    From my standpoint, the primary method to retain talent is to improve one’s community and doing that has so many side benefits, economic and for quality of life.

    And Carol’s point that focussing on a city’s distinctiveness certainly echoes many Urbanophile posts. For my city, Chicago, has two strengths: its connection to water (the Lake and, increasingly, the River) and its transportation (an expensive update given the current tools.)

    To improve transportation requires an enhancement of her third point about how to retain talent: agency, the ability for people to feel as if they influence their government. Our new mayor has started to cleanup government and make it more efficient, but Rahm has a long way to go. And he has to raise taxes to improve transportation… all of which will be resisted unless taxpayers are confident that their investments will be well-spent.

    So the multiple benefit is that leveraging Chicago’s transportation through an update will only come from taxpayer investments which requires a new deal on government performance.

    The best way to retain talent long-term is by cutting a new deal with taxpayers and citizens.

    How does this apply to your city?

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