COVID Information

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will not be holding the 2020 Summit in-person in Chicago as planned, but will be shifting our Summit to a virtual format. We look forward to the opportunity to engage with you digitally and await the opportunity to gather in-person in Chicago at the appropriate time.

2020 MetroLab Summit

Fragility in the Wake of a Global Pandemic

Our Summit is here, and our team has thought a lot about what we want it to achieve. Check out our 2020 Summit blog post to learn about our approach and share in it with us.

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Upcoming Events

Activating Civic Innovators

'We want to work ourselves out of a job' is a phase that is commonly heard in the civic innovation space. Innovation is not static; it's dynamic. That makes it all the more difficult to cultivate tomorrow's leaders. In this panel, we hear from leaders...

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Building a Civic/Municipal Privacy Resource Library (By Invitation)

Collaboration helps seed resilience. One way to collaborate better is by sharing resources so that we’re aligning, growing, and evolving our work, rather than reinventing it. During this closed working session, we will identify and share policies, practices, and materials that would make sense to...

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Data & The Future of Privacy Forum

Civic technology and data privacy are interrelated, and even before COVID-19 hit, issues of trust, tech, data, and privacy were already topics of conversation. COVID-19 has caused us to rely more heavily on our use of the public realm, with municipalities widening pedestrian and bike...

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Climate Roundtable w/ City of Glasgow in Advance of COP26 (By Invitation)

Wildfire, floods, extreme heat -- the effects of climate change are disrupting our lives amid a pandemic and we must take aggressively action. In November 2021, the City of Glasgow will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference (COP26). This session will activate MetroLab members...

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MetroLab Member Town Hall and Commitments Connection (By Invitation)

This session will convene MetroLab members to discuss current activities, goals, and opportunities. It will provide a forum to share progress on our commitments and achievements model we are undertaking this fall. Governor Martin O'Malley will be joining to share lessons on how to turn...

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The Civic Resiliency Research Agenda (By Invitation)

With the intent of laying the groundwork for a national Civic Research Agenda, we offer this closed listening and learning space for our members and for our partners. Members and partners will have a chance to meet and network, followed by an opportunity for members...

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MetroLab Board Chair Bill Fulton interviews Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, focusing on the response to various crises, from Hurricane Harvey to COVID-19.

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Past Events

Summit Kickoff

The Kickoff will lay out the theme of the Summit and an overview of the activities and structure of the Summit. Speakers will interrogate ‘fragility’ by focusing on the ways that our current systems are fragile and how prior crises have been overcome.     ...

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Balancing Crisis Management with Long-Term Priorities

A global pandemic, climate-related disasters, economic inequality and racial injustice. This panel will explore how leaders respond to crises -- either systemic or acute -- and how they can balance long-term policy and social change that can make us more resilient to those challenges in...

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MetroLab Student Cup – Proposals Due

We are hosting the first-ever MetroLab Student Cup! Students can submit completed civic research projects for awards of $1000 and the chance to be featured as the MetroLab Network Innovation of the Month through our partnership with GovTech. 

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