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Wednesday, October 2 • 1:15pm - 2:30pm
Short Talks: Exploring Deeper Connections to Place

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A Short Talk session is 5-7 single presenters, presenting for roughly 7 minutes, on a topic relating to a overarching theme. Led by a facilitator, with a Q and A once all of the presentations have finished, these talks will provide attendees with a collection of stories, case studies, and projects related to specific aspects of placemaking.

This session's topic is: Exploring Deeper Connections to Place. All talk titles from all presenters to be listed here by September.

  • Carmen Mays - Can I fly a kite at Kelly Ingram Park?
  • Jane Ellery - Muncie on the Move
  • Michael Bell - Place making: Safety. Dignity.
  • Shawn Lani - Middle Ground: Reconsidering ourselves and others
  • Gardner Goodall - Meet Me on the Neutral Ground: the story of a unique social space in the streets of New Orleans.
  • Jennifer Goold - Placekeeping - Enriching cultural legacy in Baltimore's redeveloping communities
  • Tyler Yount - Neighboroots - empowering residents to tell their neighborhood's story


Tyler Yount

Director of Special Projects, Office of Mayor Andy Berke

Jane Ellery

Faculty Member, Ball State University
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Jennifer Goold

Executive Director, The Neighborhood Design Center
Jennifer Goold joined the Neighborhood Design Center in 2012 after more than a decade of work in cultural resources management, historic preservation, development and planning. At NDC, she directs all aspects of the center’s operations including staff, programs, outreach, and fundraising... Read More →
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Shawn Lani

Founding Director, Studio for Public Spaces, Exploratorium
I have worked at San Francisco's Exploratorium as an artist and Exhibit Developer for 24 years. In 2014 I founded the Studio for Public Spaces (SPS) and direct the studio in its work. SPS generates new ways to apply the Exploratorium’s inquiry-based learning theories to a wide range... Read More →
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Michael Bell

Developmental Practitioner, Mitchell\'s Plain Online
I am a Developmental Practitioner and Activist. As a community placemaker, I seek to create safe and dignified spaces in under-developed communities that is ravaged by crime. My passion for Mural Arts and Urban Design inspire me to make a difference.
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Carmen Mays

Community & Economic Development Consultant, Founder of Elevators
Hailing from the Magic City and born comfortably between “Thriller” and ” Bad,” Carmen is a sought after Public Administrator and budding entrepreneur. She is known for her candor and spot-on analysis which makes her an invaluable resource and advisor to many in her network... Read More →
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Gardner Goodall

Programs Coordinator of Wetland Park, Sankofa Community Development Corporation
Gardner Goodall is an ecologist and public space enthusiast in New Orleans, where he bikes everywhere he goes. He moved to New Orleans with an Environmental Studies degree to learn about equity and climate change resiliency. During his time in New Orleans, he has pursued his passion... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 1:15pm - 2:30pm EDT
Miller Park Community Stage