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April 21, 2020  |  permalink

The Big Rethink & CoMotion LIVE


As part of their efforts to grapple with coronavirus pandemic’s catastrophic effects on cities, their economies, and most of all the victims of the disease and their families and communities, NewCities and CoMotion – the sister organizations of which I am director of research and strategy, respectively — have sprung into action.

For the next five weeks (and likely beyond), NewCities and I are hosting The Big Rethink: Cities After COVID-19, a weekly live Webcast exploring the pandemic’s impact on a different aspect of urbanism each week. The April 7th premiere on the future of public space starring the architect Jeanne Gang, sociologist Richard Sennett, and Los Angeles chief design officer Christopher Hawthorne attracted more than 2,000 participants from 76 countries. The second episode, on how public transit can bounce back after the crisis, attracted more than a thousand.

Please join us on Tuesdays at 12 PM EDT, for the remaining episodes:

April 29th: The Wellbeing Imperative

May 5th: Beyond Megacities: Rethinking Density

May 12th: The How, What, And Where of Work

May 19th: Climate and Decarbonization

May 26th: Lessons for Greenfield Megaprojects

Simultaneously, CoMotion has launched CoMotion LIVE, its own weekly series exploring the pandemic’s impact on various aspects of urban mobility. The most recent episode — “Is Sharing Dead? What Micromobility 2.0 Will Look Like in Post-COVID Cities” — is embedded below; visit CoMotion News to register for future episodes.

Please watch this space as we continue to cover the pandemic’s impacts on cities around the world and develop new formats for convening urban leaders virtually to collaborate on how best to move forward after the immediate crisis.



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Greg Lindsay is a journalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is the director of applied research at NewCities and director of strategy at its mobility offshoot CoMotion.  He is also a partner at FutureMap, a geo-strategic advisory firm based in Singapore, a non-resident senior fellow of The Atlantic Council’s Foresight, Strategy, and Risks Initiative, and co-author of Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next.

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