2018 FESTIVAL TRACKS

The Connected City: April 7, 2018

Morning Session 9:30 a.m.-11:45 a.m. | Afternoon Session 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Connected City aims to spark ideas that will help all parts of the city become connected physically and digitally: connected economically, so that we bridge divisions in wealth and poverty; connected educationally, so that access to resources is equitable; and connected culturally across race, ethnicity, and other aspects of difference.

The Connected City will consist of four city tracks: 

The Physical City Track will consider the movement in the U.S. toward achieving an acceptable level of affordable housing. What are the status and progress of the movement? What barriers does it face, and what innovative strategies might diminish or eliminate those barriers? How close is Dallas to achieving an acceptable level of affordable housing?

The Educated City Track will ask: How can Dallas establish a level of education that will provide an adequate workforce while at the same time offering a balanced education that will equip students to face the human challenges in their lives? How are innovative schools addressing the collective needs of the city and at the same time the individual needs of the student?

The Healthy City Track will ask: What kinds of technological advantages are available to our city that will increase levels of individual health and wellness? How can such health advantages be integrated into our civic life such that they are accessible to a wide spectrum of Dallas citizens, regardless of social, political, or economic status?

The Inclusive City Track will have as its focus the full integration of newcomers into the life and flow of our city. How can Dallas adequately welcome and include the great diversity of new arrivals that come to us daily? What are some innovative ways to accomplish such an integration on a continuing basis?

The event will take place at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library | 1515 Young Street | Dallas, TX 75201.