Meeting of the Minds 2012

These days, it's common to hear urban government leaders talk about the need to make cities more livable and environmentally sustainable. But whether they are trying to reduce carbon emissions, build high-tech infrastructure or find new ways of engaging the public, the solutions can be elusive.

Meeting of the Minds, an annual conference coordinated by Regional Plan Association and Urban Age Institute, brings together leaders from the public and private sectors to spotlight innovations in solving critical problems facing the world's cities. This year's gathering, to be held Oct. 9-11 in San Francisco, will convene more than 250 global sustainability leaders from more than a dozen countries to explore complex urban planning and development challenges. Panels will address topics including the regeneration of urban industrial sites, the successes and failures of car sharing, and how technology is being used to increase efficiency in water and energy use.

Participants will hear from San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee and Mayor Gregor Robertson of Vancouver on their pioneering approaches to urban sustainability. Executives from companies including Toyota, IBM, Cisco, Schneider Electric and Qualcomm will discuss technologies they are developing to help both cities and residents move toward sustainable and smart cities.

To learn more about the conference, visit: www.cityminded.org