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2: Story telling

Track 2
Tuesday, March 19, 2024
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
Tāwhirimātea A


Effective storytelling can help to advocate for an issue, explain a street project, and share the impacts of its transformation. When done well, it can also help to change hearts and minds. Join international experts to learn tips and tools that have been applied in projects across the globe, from New York and Milan, to Fortaleza and Mumbai. Witness how numbers, visuals, and testimonials can be combined to build community and political support for street projects that challenge the status quo, and how local media can become strong allies in the process. Come prepared with an example of a communications/transport/bike lane/ political or cultural, success or failure to share and discuss in depth with the group.


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Skye Duncan
Executive Director
Global Designing Cities Initiative

Storytelling workshop

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Skye Duncan is the Executive Director of the Global Designing Cities Initiative (GDCI). Skye and her team produced the award-winning Global Street Design Guide and its recent supplement, Designing Streets for Kids. In support of these global resources, GDCI provides ongoing technical assistance to multiple cities around the world on transforming streets and mobility to support safe, sustainable, equitable, and healthy cities for everyone. Skye is an urban designer with over 20 years of experience in architecture, urban design, planning, and transportation, and has been recognized as one of TUMI’s Remarkable Women in Transportation. She has worked as a Senior Urban Designer at the New York City Department of City Planning, as an International Urban Design Consultant, and as an Associate Professor at Columbia University in New York City, where she studied as a Fulbright Scholar.
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Mr Seth Solomonow
Bloomberg Associates

Story Telling

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM


Seth Solomonow has 25 years of experience in media and transportation communications. At Bloomberg Associates, he works with mayors and their city teams to develop communication strategies for many of the world's most transformative transportation projects. He was press secretary for the New York City Department of Transportation under Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and Mayor Michael Bloomberg during a period of unprecedented change, helping to inform the public debate around some of New York City’s most ambitious initiatives in half a century, from the pedestrianization of Times Square to the launch of Citi Bike, the nation’s largest bike share program, and the building of 400 miles of bike lanes. A graduate of Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Seth worked for the New York Times following 9/11, writing and coordinating the Portraits of Grief page in the paper’s Pulitzer Prize-winning section, “A Nation Challenged.” He is the co-author of “Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution.”