I was invited in 2016 to prepare a TEDx talk on Walking in Carson City Nevada
Preparing for a TEDx talk is different from anything else you will ever do, as you speak for twenty minutes on a subject you are passionate about without notes to a live audience and seven roving cameras.
I personally feel that creating walkable environments is the right thing to do and is the best way to organize a healthy, sociable, interesting and sufficiently dense area for all to live in and thrive. While TEDx works best if you are talking directly about your personal experience, I wanted to talk about walkability, why it is important, and to highlight the stories of three extraordinary people who I have worked closely with in undertaking amazing initiatives transforming walking in their neighbourhoods. And in Vancouver, those “neighbourhoods” have populations of about 45,000 people.
We are in a time where there are planning “experts” that talk and tell us about how to live better in cities. I believe that the people living in those communities are the experts, and just as Jane Jacobs said, neighbourhoods lead the way. I am so grateful to these citizens for everything they have taught me-and continue to coach me on. We truly live with community heroes in our midst.
I also wanted to express my thanks and gratitude to the Carson City TEDx committee for inviting me to speak in Carson City. It was a tremendous experience.