Gabriella Gómez-Mont will draw from her experiences leading Laboratorio para la Ciudad—the award-winning experimental arm and creative think tank of the Mexico City government—to address how we can reframe the role of government, citizens and businesses to encourage social, economic and political inventiveness for our urban futures.
The creative capacity of society is one of its most intangible and undervalued assets. We talk about “creative cities,” but do little to systemically augment, articulate and unleash a creative ethos into cities themselves. As an inherent part of their urban DNA, cities must facilitate idea sharing, provoke new possibilities, and encourage experimentation.
Gómez-Mont’s presentation is the latest in COCA’s bizSESSION Series which welcomes progressive thought leaders to offer insights and inspiration on embracing creativity and innovation in business and is part of COCAbiz, which provides immersive arts-based training, programming and consulting for professionals.
About Gabriella Gómez-Mont
Gabriella Gómez-Mont is the founder of Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental arm/creative think tank of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. The Lab is a place to reflect about all things city and to explore other social scripts and urban futures for the largest megalopolis in the western hemisphere, working across diverse areas, such as urban creativity, mobility, governance, civic tech, public space, etc. In addition, the Lab searches to create links between civil society and government, constantly shifting shape to accommodate multidisciplinary collaborations, insisting on the importance of political and public imagination in the execution of its experiments.
Besides her fascination with all things city, Gabriella is also a journalist, visual artist, a director of documentary films, as well as a creative advisor to several cities, universities and companies. She has been awarded several international recognitions for her work in different fields, such as the first prize in both the Audi Urban Future Award and the Best Art Practice Award given by the Italian government, as well as the TED City 2.0 Prize, among others. In addition to being a Yale World Fellow, she is also a TED speaker, TED Senior Fellow, an MIT Director´s Fellow, an Institute for the Future Fellow, a World Cities Summit Young Leader and part of the international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul on Social Innovation. She was recently named one of the 100 most creative people by Fast Company magazine.
December 11, 2018
Innovation Hall in Cortex
4220 Duncan Avenue
St. Louis, MO
7:30: Check-in, breakfast, and networking
$55 | VIP preferred seating and a post-talk meet-and-greet
$40 | General Admission