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Wednesday, October 2 • 4:45pm - 6:00pm
Short Talks: Edible and Equitable

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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: Edible and Equitable

  • Ryan Smolar - "Shovel Ready": Urban Agriculture from the Ground-up
  • Linda Esposito - Food Halls, Municipal Spaces and Equitable Economic Development
  • Bill Rush - A Look at Food Insecurity
  • Lauren Margolis - How to Cultivate an Authentic & Diverse Community Around Food: Challenges and Opportunities Inside the New, Shiny & Modern Essex Market
  • Matthew Gollan - Soup Group - The unlikely story of how a bowl of soup started a movement and changed the way neighborhoods socialized in Sydney forever.
  • Abby Garrison - Lessons from Gratefull: The trend around communal community meals and how to make yours inclusive

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Abby Garrison

Executive Director, Causeway
Prior to Causeway, Abby served at the Chief Operating Officer of Chattanooga Neighborhood Enterprise, a neighborhood revitalization and community development organization. Prior to graduate school, Abby lived and worked in San Francisco, where she helped launch Williams-Sonoma Home... Read More →

Bill Rush

Community Branch Executive Director, James A. Henry Community YMCA
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Ryan Smolar

Initiator, Placemaking US
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Matthew Gollan

Creative Director / Co-founder, Reactivate Consulting
Matthew is an experienced placemaker and urban strategist with over a decade of experience in urban planning, place management, placemaking, activation strategy and community engagement. After working with numerous Australian municipal councils, developers, schools and universities... Read More →
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Lauren Margolis

Community Programming & Engagement Manager, Essex Market
As the Community Programming & Engagement Manager at the historic Essex Market in New York City, Lauren coordinates and hosts a wide range of events and programs designed to improve fresh food access and education for local residents. Lauren has a Master’s degree in Food Studies... Read More →
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Linda Esposito

Director, Municipal Marketplace, La Cocina
Linda Esposito currently leads the development of La Cocina’s Municipal Marketplace in the Tenderloin in San Francisco – using food as a creative approach to economic development by offering affordable, healthy food options and safe spaces while providing assessable business... Read More →

Wednesday October 2, 2019 4:45pm - 6:00pm EDT
Miller Park Community Stage