Few things attract an audience like seeing a bright, young innovator talking about how they thought up, implemented, and were successful in altering life in their city. It reminds you of all those great ideas that you had but never saw through, while proving that they may still be possible.
Standing in the back row, squashed against CEOs, leading academics, architects, in a room bursting at its seams, we experienced this magnetism at the New Cities Summit last month in São Paulo. We were there to watch eleven young urban innovators explain, in just 10 minutes each, how they were changing the urban field as we know it.
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