Speaker to talk about envisioning a post-COVID world
The West-Central Initiative launches speaker series with internationally-known Canadian
The West-Central Initiative, which serves Douglas and eight other counties, is kicking off a lecture series to advance two of its top causes: building equitable communities and reversing the effects of climate change.
West-Central Initiative's virtual speaker series is called "Era to Act," which it says will bring "diverse, thought-provoking voices from our rural region and beyond."
Its first speaker, Gil Penalosa, will speak from noon-1:30 p.m., Thursday, May 13, via Zoom.
Penalosa is known internationally as founder of 8 80 Cities, a Canada-based nonprofit guided by the idea that cities designed for 8-year-olds and 80-year-olds would make great living spaces for everyone. His talk will look at creating radically different post-COVID communities for all to live healthier and happier.
A rural perspective will be added by two west-central Minnesota residents: Patrick Hollister of PartnerSHIP 4 Health and Wayne Hurley, director of transportation planning at West Central Initiative.