The Biennial is an international festival of ideas, art, and culture that provides a nonpartisan platform for leaders in business, government, civil society, and the arts to examine the significant issues impacting life in the Americas. Through four days of public symposia, three days of facilitated peer-to-peer workshops (called clinicas), and seven weeks of engaging artistic projects, the Biennial will promote action and inspire critical thinking. I will be participating in the clinica – The Interaction Between the Built Environment and Public Health, where I will share my expertise, ideas, and experiences with a dynamic group of equally prominent and diverse leaders.
On July 16-19, 2013, the Biennial of the Americas will host an international festival of ideas, culture and art focused exclusively on the Americas – a dynamic region from Canada to Chile. In a revolutionary way that reaches numerous audiences, the 2013 Biennial will promote action and inspire critical thinking through a combination of innovative workshops, world-class symposia, art exhibitions, and cultural programming. The Biennial will convene a diverse array of renowned public figures including Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers, The Nature Conservancy’s Chief Scientist Peter Kareiva, Former CEO of Panama Canal Authority Alberto Aleman Zubieta, Former Mexican Ambassador to the U.S. Arturo Sarukhan, and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan among others who will contribute their knowledge, passion and expertise to the Biennial’s ambitious program. The speakers announced today are just a sampling of the leaders invited or confirmed to attend, with additional speakers and participants set to be announced in the coming weeks as the event draws near.