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Driverless vehicles may seem unfamiliar now, but over the coming years you'll start to encounter - or even use them - on a daily basis. Will it mean the end of the driving licence and changes to the rules of the road?
What if the next great idea for transforming the lives of homeless people, restoring neighborhood economies, or moving people into middle-wage jobs, could be prototyped, tested, deployed, and funded like a Silicon Valley start-up? Simply put, that is the promise of urban innovation in America. This promise is only partially realized, however, because urban innovators struggle to get early-stage investment capital. Many entrepreneurs of color cannot draw on networks of wealthy family members and friends to seed their enterprises. The raw fact of the racial wealth gap hobbles founders who might have the greatest insights into urban challenges and underserved markets. In fact, at just about every stage, people of color have higher obstacles to accessing venture capital. What does it take to create truly inclusive innovation? What do we gain if we succeed? And what brilliant ideas are unrealized because we’re failing right now?
Jennifer Bradley, Gayle Jennings-O'Byrne at Aspen Ideas Festival 2016
Featuring DC Mayor Muriel Bowser in conversation with Aspen Institute President and CEO Walter Isaacson, and a distinguished panel including Mary Brown, Donna Harris, Sheila Herrling,and Daniel Winston, moderated by Jennifer Bradley, director of the Center for Urban Innovation, at Google DC.
A roundtable discussion on the role that leadership from across sectors played in revitalizing Detroit—with Matthew Cullen, Kevyn Orr, and Rip Rapson, moderated by Jennifer Bradley. Featured in the Winter 2017 edition of the Stanford Social Innovation Review.
Innovation is the driver of economic growth in the global economy, and cities and metropolitan areas are the wellspring of innovation. But the benefits of innovation and the resources that support innovation do not always reach all corners of the metropolis, and this exacerbates economic and social divisions that hinder our economy and weaken our communities. We can bridge this gap by cultivating the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of people who live in underserved communities and recognizing them alongside more traditional or obvious urban innovators. Who are the urban innovators, and how can we make sure that the resources in cities that promote innovation are available to all residents, wherever they live?
Rip Rapson, Jennifer Bradley, Alexa Clay, and Peter Hirshberg at Aspen Ideas Festival 2015
The conversation brought together voices not normally in dialogue – from “fintech” startup entrepreneurs to community activists, from policy wonks to practitioners.
The data is overwhelming: The place where a child is born and grows up has enormous impact on everything from access to quality education to chances at upward mobility to life expectancy. In the neighborhood where rioting broke out in Baltimore after the death of Freddie Gray, the unemployment rate is near 20 percent. Fewer than 60 percent of Baltimore’s high school students receive a diploma. The reasons are complex, and they’re not limited to Baltimore. But if the place where one lives, especially as a child, has such an outsized influence on outcome of one’s life, how do we make all places into places of opportunity? What will it take to create thriving and sustainable economies, inspiring and inventive schools, and safe, nurturing, and supportive neighborhoods across all of Baltimore, Detroit, Newark, and similar cities? How can we extend the reach of the American dream?
Jennifer Bradley, Sanda Balaban, Angela Glover Blackwell and Rip Rapson at Aspen Ideas Festival 2015
Watch Big Idea Night: Youth Empowerment, which explores visionary approaches to education in the District. The evening featured some of DC's most creative and impactful leaders in K-12 education, each offering rapid fire "pitches" for strategies to empower the District's youth.
Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky doesn’t view his big idea as a radical disruption — in fact, he doesn’t like the term “disruption” at all — but rather a return to how people interacted in a time before big businesses and corporations. In conversation at the 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival, Jennifer Bradley and Chesky discussed his thoughts on the sharing economy and a return to how humans used to do business. “Maybe hotels disrupted what we were doing in the first place,” Chesky said. “People used to stay in homes. We didn’t invent that idea.”
What are the benefits and what are the costs when high performing government offices spin out to be revenue generating or non-profit organizations?
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