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Speaker Series

How do cities create a welcoming environment for small business owners – and their customers? What's working in cities to reuse and reimagine vacant property? What disruptive ideas are changing education, transportation, and the landscape of our cities?

To answer these questions (and many more), and to connect and engage with our communities, we host speaker series in all of our local markets. These lively, casual social gatherings feature innovators, entrepreneurs, influencers and thought leaders in one-on-one discussions, moderated panels and audience Q&As.

Model D Speaker Series on transportation - Photo by Marvin Shaouni

Our managing editors, who are deeply invested in their communities, work with our sponsors, partners, and contributors to identify and invite speakers, panelists and moderators.  
Larger scale events include multi-media presentations, food, drink and live music. Events average between 50 and 125 people, with the largest attended by over 800 participants. In 2012, IMG held 55 speaker series events in various locations, including jazz clubs, restaurants, theaters, universities and raw loft spaces.

Watch a recap from a Model D Speaker Series on Innovation in Education, hosted in partnership with The Huffington Post, Urban Innovation Exchange and Michigan Nightlight, with support from MSHDA, W.K. Kellogg Foundation, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and ACLU of Michigan. (You can read a recap of that event here.)

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