On Tuesday, the Vibrant Communities initiative will officially launch with the Kickoff event. The gathering is set for 4pm at the Lerner Theatre’s Crystal Ballroom and has attracted more than 400 pre-registrations. Keynote speaker, Peter Kageyama, will highlight the evening and share his insights on what makes a community lovable.
In his presentation, “Love Where You Live”, Peter will challenge attendees to think about their own communities and identify the characteristics that made them fall in love. His work focuses on connection between emotional attachment and economic vitality. In his most recent book, “Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places”, Peter highlights communities of varying scale who have fostered creative new techniques for making their places more lovable.
Peter identifies the co-creator as the key actor in community transformation. This person is typically outside of government or some other official role, but charges themselves with making their part of the community better. In so doing, they become a magnet for other positive doers who are interested in contributing in unique ways.
Planetizen recognized For the Love of Cities as a Top 10 Book in 2012 in urban planning, design and development. Peter is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the city.’
He is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local government. Since speaking to them in 2013, Peter has become a special advisor to America In Bloom. He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.
To learn more about Peter and his books head to his webpage, www.fortheloveofcities.com.