Gil Penalosa is the founder and chair of the board of the non-profit organisation 8 80 Cities, based in Canada. He also runs his own international consulting firm – Gil Penalosa & Associates – and is an accomplished keynote speaker and workshop facilitator. He advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of age, gender, or social status. He has been a strong supporter and advocate for improving city parks, first making his mark in the late 1990s, when he led the transformation of Bogota’s park system as Commissioner. He is chair of the board of World Urban Parks and advises organisations including Children & Nature Network, StreetFilms, America Walks and Kaboom, among others. He has received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, given by the Governor General of Canada and has been named one of the Top 10 Most Influential Hispanic Canadians. He has contributed chapters to three books: Enabling Cycling Cities: Ingredients for Success; Facilities for Cyclists; and Resilient Sustainable Cities.
Events featuring this speaker
How do we create new cities for the world in which we now live? How do we ensure that cities treat our most vulnerable citizens well?
What is a child-friendly city? How does this link to other city visions for healthy, green, resilient, connected and fair places? And what policy changes need to be achieved to make cities truly child-friendly?