I am running for the Congress for the New Urbanism Board, and I would like your support. This year there are three member elect seats open on the Congress for the New Urbanism Board, and there are an excellent number of candidates. I want to share with you why I am running, and what I will bring to the Board.
The Congress for the New Urbanism is one of the most engaging professional organizations that I have been a member of. I was first introduced to Congress during the very first meeting of the Next Gen in Chicago. This first time event introduced me to an amazing group of talented urbanists, and demonstrated how the Board could support member driven initiatives.
The membership of the Congress for the New Urbanism participates in many activities that promote the New Urbanism, whether formally through a local Chapter or Task Force, or informally through groups like the Next Gen. The passion and drive of these actions demonstrate the power of our local organizations in advancing the New Urbanism. As a Board Member, I will focus on developing and strengthening the actions of our membership through the bottom up network of our organization.
There are three key issues and actions that I will focus on as a member of the Board.
• Open Source the Congress. The West Palm Beach Congress provided greater opportunities for members to share ideas and projects. As a member of the Program Committee, I supported the inclusion of additional uncurated sessions during the Congress. We need even more of these opportunities for participation of members at the Annual Congress. I will support more opportunities for all of our members to present ideas and projects at the Annual Congress through open innovation sessions like Open Source, Open Innovation Tracks, Pecha Kucha, and Better Block demonstrations.
• Growth of Regional Activities. Regional Chapters share the ideas and calibrate the New Urbanism to the local level. This is the best opportunity to grow our membership, and positively impact our communities. As a Board Member, I want to support the growth and development of both our Regional and the Students for New Urbanism Chapters.
• Leave a Footprint. The New Urbanism strives to enhance our built environment. When we meet for a Congress, our message and talents arrive, but unfortunately this message leaves with us. I want to change this in 2014. This year building up to Buffalo, I want the Congress and its individual members to focus on the host city and leave a footprint. Through writing, populating blogs, and implementing policies and projects, we can support the advancement of the New Urbanism in the host city prior to the Congress. During the Congress our membership should be provided the opportunity to engage the city and participate in urban interventions through activities like Better Block, Tactical Urbanism, Guerilla Gardening, and design competitions.
These actions will not only provide more opportunities for our membership to engage in our organization, we as a group can give back to our cities.
Take a moment and VOTE prior to June 1st.