Opening Ceremony – Urbanity: New Rules for New Cities

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Date(s) - 13/03/2018
2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

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The 21st century is dominated by the city, rather than by the US or China, Brazil or India. What does it mean to live in the cities nowadays and for the future? How is their rise shifting the balance of global power?

The Opening Keynote will be given by 20-year old American author, lecturer and advocate for young people Adora Svitak.

Adora Svitak is an internationally acclaimed speaker and advocate for causes including literacy, youth empowerment, and feminism. She is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student and her previous speeches focused on young people and the future of work and education. These are particularly relevant to the audience at MIPIM, as increasing numbers of Millennials enter the workforce and the real estate market.

She is involved in writing and editing in several publications, including Berkeley Political Review and has delivered a speech at the TED Conference entitled “What Adults Can Learn From Kids” that attracted over 4 million views from around the world.

Subsequently, she delivered speeches at the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council Youth Forum, the National Press Club, the International Literacy Association’s annual conference, and numerous other venues.