Creating a new community vision is all about identifying what we love most about Overland Park, and making an action plan for how to support and expand those things in the future. “Loving where you live” is also the theme of Peter Kageyama’s most recent book. A widely respected community development strategist, Peter’s work focuses on the connections between emotional attachment and economic vitality in cities. In Love Where You Live: Creating Emotionally Engaging Places, Peter highlights communities of varying scale who have fostered creative new techniques for making their places even more lovable.
Peter will be the keynote speaker at the Imagine Tomorrow Workshop on January 30, which will launch the Forward OP process. Peter will challenge attendees to think about their own community and identify the characteristics that made them fall in love. Following the address, participants will work in small groups to talk about why they love Overland Park, and share their ideas for making it an even better place in the future. The ideas generated at the workshop will form the basis of a vision statement for the community and a set of actions to help realize that vision.
Peter is the former President of Creative Tampa Bay, a grassroots community change organization and the co-founder of the Creative Cities Summit, an interdisciplinary conference that brings citizens and practitioners together around the big idea of ‘the city.’
He is a Senior Fellow with the Alliance for Innovation, a national network of city leaders that is dedicated to improving the practice of local government. Since speaking to them in 2013, Peter has become a special advisor to America In Bloom. He is an internationally sought-after community development consultant and grassroots engagement strategist who speaks all over the world about bottom-up community development and the amazing people who are making change happen.
To learn more about Peter and his books head to his webpage, www.fortheloveofcities.com. For more about the Workshop and to RSVP, click on the button below.