By David Fleming
Eco-entrepreneur, public-radio host and MacArthur “Genius” fellow Majora Carter is the keynote speaker at the 11th Annual Carmichael Lecture.
Greater Halifax Partnership investors Downtown Halifax Business Commission and Dalhousie University have teamed up to bring Carter in on March 8th to open the School of Planning’s “Shift 2012” Conference and to present her keynote “Home(town) Security.”
Majora Carter’s emotional and inspiring TED Talk in 2006 was one of the first I saw and one of the ones that started the TED Talk phenomenon. Her vision is one that I think all Haligonians (or Atlantic Canadians) can identify with:
“I believe that you shouldn’t have to leave your neighbourhood to live in a better one.”
AGREATERHalifax, Halifax’s Economic Strategy for 2011-16, has a similar vision of a Halifax where people live, work, play and thrive in a diverse, vibrant and sustainable community. The economic strategy goals are not just about GDP growth or jobs (although both are still important), but about broader, sustainable community progress that attracts newcomers and encourages residents to stay in Halifax.
This focus on broader community and economic progress will be on display when we launch the 1st annual Halifax Index at the Halifax State of the Economy Conference May 23 and 24, an innovative look at the relationship between the people, economy and place that make us who we are and tells us where we’re headed. We’re excited to present our findings and spur meaningful, productive discussions on how best to continue collaboratively growing our community.
Carter’s recent comments on Halifax’s shipbuilding opportunity show the relevance of her presentation in our current economic climate and her understanding of the opportunity in front of all of us:
“The shipbuilding contract offers your city a rare opportunity to fill the expected shortage of skilled workers by getting training programs in place now and to re-engage some of those people who’ve found themselves on social security or suffering from substance-abuse issues,” said Carter.”
Marjora Carter will present her keynote on Thursday, March 8, at the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal Road, 6:00-8:00 pm.
David is the Junior Economist and Project Development Coordinator at the Greater Halifax Partnership. He studied Economics and Philosophy at the University of Prince Edward Island, and has experience working with private, public and non-profit organizations.