The Community Foundation’s Corporate Partners Program is sponsoring this year’s Speaker Series and will feature urban theorist and global influencer Richard Florida at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 12, at The Stanley Center for the Arts. A pre-event featuring local entrepreneurs’ and organizations’ interactive displays will begin at 6 p.m. and will continue after Florida’s one-hour lecture.
“We are especially excited to see how this year’s speaker Richard Florida will transform our community,” said foundation President and Chief Executive Officer Peggy O’Shea in a news release. “Pollster John Zogby calls Florida one of the most relevant theorists in our times.”
Tickets are free and can be reserved through Ticketmaster or at changeiscoming2013.com.
The Community Foundation’s Speaker Series has become known for its thoughtful and thought-provoking speakers, including 2011’s speaker Newark Mayor Cory Booker and 2012’s innovator in education Geoffrey Canada. In the past, the series has invoked conversation and action in key areas in the community. Florida’s world-renowned message and original theories on economic development has the potential to make the same impact.
Before Florida’s 7 p.m. lecture, 15 of the community’s most creative, interesting and spirited organizations and entrepreneurs will present interactive displays representative of the creative class Florida speaks of. Some of these include:
• Utica College’s Northeast Cyber Forensics Center which will show attendees how a computer forensics investigation works.
• Cyber New York Alliance which will show state-of-the-art technology currently being created for the military and not-yet-seen by the public.
• Kirkland Art Center which will present a hands-on demonstration of watercolor painting.
• Beetree Candle Company, a local candlemaker, who will demonstrate how he makes earth-friendly candles out of local beeswax.