Future-Ready Communities

Teachers learn how to adapt, and I’ve developed a kit of methods for delivering these (or any other) topics in a 20 -minute keynote, a 1-hour discussion or a 3-hour workshop   Just tell me what you need and we’ll make it work.

These sessions are mostly oriented to people who care about communities — city managers, developers, planners, economic developers, urbanists and other change-makers.  If you’re more interested in sessions for businesses, start-up s and managers, click here.


Welcome to Your Future

Four Trends that will change the way we live, work and manage communities


The most profound changes that will impact our communities aren’t in transportation or building design — they’re in the ways we learn, think and communicate.  Let’s unpack the implications of some of the most important emerging issues of the 21st century and explore how they will change your businesses, your residents and your government – and what you can do to thrive.


Small and Fierce

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The more global our world, the more important our locally-owned businesses. Sound strange? It will make perfect sense.  We will examine the overlooked roles local businesses play in overall community vitality and design ways to make a real difference in their success in the face of global competition.  

Your Hidden Assets

Empowering Disadvantaged Entrepreneurs to transform everyone’s future

uc-riverside-black-businessIf our entrepreneurs are only white, male and wealthy, we will never create the innovations we all need.  We will dig into who disadvantaged entrepreneurs are, why they are so crucial to our local and national economy, and how we can enable them to bring out their unique assets — for everyone’s benefit.  


No More Yelling

Design public meetings for good decisions, not misery


Public meetings are miserable.  They are miserable because we designed them that way.  But they don’t have to be. Applying what we’ve learned in education, psychology and team-building, we can create public meetings that solve problems and create opportunities, instead of distrust and headaches.