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Wednesday, May 20 | 11:30am-1:00pm | 1 Citrus Bowl Place

What does it take to be a thriving city?

In 2012 Orlando was chosen as one of six cities to participate in the Thriving Cities Project which led to the production of a documentary film capturing the holistic approach of LIFT Orlando, alongside other would-be “Thriving Cities”. So many well-intended projects in cities aim to help people, places, and institutions thrive—but many civic leaders, community organizations, and residents are challenged by the question of what that thriving looks like and whether their efforts are actually making it happen.

Join us as we explore the answers with our Guest Speaker, Joshua J. Yates, Research Assistant Professor of Sociology at the University of Virginia and Director of the Program on Culture, Capitalism, and Global Change at the Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture. Professor Yates is a sociologist specializing in the study of culture and cultural change in the late modern world, with an emphasis on moral and ethical life. 

The University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture is developing a new concept in assessment called the Thriving Cities Project, which will offer important insights about how to evaluate success. Through the framework of “human ecology,” key stakeholders—including foundations, city officials, city planners, religious leaders, politicians, educators, business people, academics, non-profits, and residents—will be better able to ask and answer the question: What does is mean and take to thrive in today’s cities?

Sign up today.  Please email natalie@liftorlando.org with any questions.