Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas

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Smart cities, federal data, and civic innovation

Join APA on Sunday, September 24, for the 2017 Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas, and this year's Policy and Advocacy Conference opening plenary.

Keynote speaker John Thompson, former U.S. Census Bureau director, will discuss present-day risks to federal data, examine how lawmaker decisions are affecting federal data sources, and explore whether the 2020 Census is in jeopardy.

The Burnham Forum begins at 4:30 p.m. ET

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How the Burnham Forum Came to Be

In 2012, the Emerging Trends/Future of Planning Task Force assembled to address emerging trends in the field and the future of planning. Its charge:

  • Identify top issues impacting America's communities now through the next 10 to 20 years
  • Note how planning is changing and also needs to change
  • Recommend how APA and its members can be most effective in meeting the challenges of the future
  • Solicit members, in partnership with APA staff, through in-person and online forums, to submit their "big ideas" through digital papers, illustrations, or videos
  • Review and categorize big ideas
  • Present findings

The work of the task force comes to life in the annual Daniel Burnham Forum on Big Ideas.


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