THE FUTURE OF SOCIABILITY AND THE SOCIAL ECONOMY: A VIRTUAL SUMMIT

The very future of how people socialize is at stake. The places where we dine, drink, listen and dance are struggling to survive. Creative solutions are urgently needed to save life at night—the soul of sociability.

Join us to share stories of recovery, creative pivots, unusual innovations, and future plans

Don't miss your opportunity to be part of a community that has a stake in the success of nightlife and the future of sociability. Every year, RHI showcases thought leaders, practitioners and technical experts on nighttime planning and management. The greatest minds will meet and reunite virtually in 2021.

We may never go back to "normal." So let's re-imagine how people socialize in a post-COVID world. Nothing less than transformative change will achieve a new vision for sociability.

KEY THEMES:

  • Post-Winter Cabin Fever: How to prepare your city for the April social surge as people itch to socialize again.
  • Rebooting Music and Nightlife: Beyond turning on the light switch.
  • Alfresco Socializing: When daylife becomes the new nightlife.
  • Pandora’s Box of Pandemic-Era Alcohol Policies: Will they stay or will they go?
  • Beyond “More Police”: Broadening your public safety stakeholders in social districts.
  • Saviors of the Night: How the champions of nightlife have emerged during the pandemic.
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in Nightlife: Breaking down barriers.
  • Change in Police Funding: What does this mean for nighttime safety?
  • Life at Night goes Legit: When the nighttime economy becomes an academic study.
  • You Don’t Know What You’ve Got til it’s Gone: Economic and employment value of nightlife.
  • There and Back Again: How nighttime mobility preferences have changed during the pandemic.
  • Dark, Dirty, Empty: Reanimating your business mix with day, evening and late-night sociability.

MINNEAPOLIS

seattle

new york

THE SOCIABLE CITY SHOWCASE will take you inside seven cities where nightlife has been profoundly impacted by the pandemic. You will get the inside scoop on how each city pivoted to support daylife and nightlife with unique lessons they learned for future planning.

Don't miss this special feature premiering at the 2021 Summit.

TORONTO

AUSTIN

SACRAMENTO

pittsBurgh

REFLECTIONS ON THE PRE- AND POST-COVID SOCIAL ECONOMY

Six thought leaders share their insights before and after the pandemic started about the top challenges and opportunities for nightlife and the social economy.

Listen for FREE to interviews of each person prior to the pandemic, filmed at the 2020 Sociable City Summit in Seattle.

Register to hear their post-COVID insights recorded in Nov 2020. The 2021 Summit will feature a live discussion panel with all six on how to prepare for an uncertain future.

philip kolvin
Former Chair
London Nighttime Commission

Interview

2020 Keynote

Shawn Townsend
Director
Mayor’s Office of Nightlife & Culture
Washington, DC

Interview

john samuel
CEO & Cofounder
Ablr

Interview

Andreina Seijas J
Principal
Specialist, Night-Time Urban Planning
NightTank

Interview

A RETURN TO THE PANDEMIC'S EPICENTER: WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS IN SEATTLE

There will always be a DIVIDING LINE Marking the Time "Before" and "AFTER" the pandemic.

On March 2, 2020, more than 200 attendees of the 2020 Sociable City Summit boarded planes to return home from Seattle—what would later be known as the epicenter of the North American pandemic. Within a week, nightlife came to a screeching halt. Bars, clubs and restaurants sat empty and silent as city after city locked down. Weeks dragged into months. Some venues still haven't reopened; others have closed permanently.

Dow Constantine, King County Executive was the closing 2020 Summit speaker. He gave a call to action to preserve small music venues that nurture stadium-level talent. Attendees will recall his prescient remarks on how nightlife—and life as we know it—would change because of the pandemic.

Constantine returns a year later to welcome 2021 Summit attendees, a bookend to his 2020 closing session. Find out how Seattle is working diligently to turn the lights back on for music and social spaces.

Listen to Dow Constantine's closing session at the 2020 Summit

CHAT IN REAL-TIME WITH PEERS ABOUT HOT TOPICS

Real-time virtual discussions will be your opportunity to have a safe space to chat with peers. Face-to-face group chats will be organized with peer groups and on key topics to give you an opportunity to connect and share ideas.

Group size will be limited to first come, first served. Register early to reserve your spot!

SHARE YOUR STORIES AND STRATEGIES ON THE BUILDING BLOCKS OF A SOCIABLE CITY

Since 2015 the annual Sociable City Summit programs were framed with the Building Blocks and Core Measures of a Sociable City. Over the years, city teams shared their success stories and tactics implementing plans learned at the Summit and expert speakers brought new strategies and tactics.

The 2021 Virtual Summit sessions will create a forum for on-going sharing and strategy exchange.

PLAN FOR PEOPLE
PLAN FOR PEOPLE
SMART GROWTH PLANNING for the nightlife culture requires foresight and infrastructure with an expanded focus on how people use a mixed-use hospitality zone at different times of day and for different purposes.
ASSURE SAFETY
ASSURE SAFETY
ASSURING NIGHTTIME SAFETY requires systems to prevent crime and disorder in public space and in private venues. This requires a continuum of partnerships. Police, fire, private security, venue management, staff and district ambassadors all have a role to play to create a welcome and safe social environment for residents and visitors.
ENHANCE VIBRANCY
ENHANCE VIBRANCY
VIBRANCY IN HOSPITALITY ZONES can be enhanced by creating a seamless flow of social experiences in public and private spaces—from sidewalk cafes and buskers to live entertainment in restaurants, bars and clubs.

 

FORM AN ALLIANCE FOR SAVINGS AND A FRAMEWORK FOR THE FUTURE

Lock in the lowest registration rate when you form an alliance with four or more members.

Benefits of An Alliance

  • An alliance will build a strong foundation for  streamlining permits, licenses, fees and compliance practices for business rescue and recovery.
  • Input from multiple stakeholders will maintain a balance of economic, health and safety interests.
  • Distribution of resources for recovery will be more equitable with diversity of input on priorities.
  • Your Alliance can organize pre-summit planning sessions to maximize learning and sharing.
  • Members can include strategic and tactical representatives to assure implementation of action.
  • GET TIPS ON ORGANIZING YOUR ALLIANCE

PLAN YOUR TRAVEL TO DC FOR THE 2022 SOCIABLE CITY SUMMIT

The closing session will feature an announcement about RHI's 2022 Sociable City Summit host city—Washington, DC!

City leaders will invite you to explore the nation's capital to enjoy historic sites and one-of-a-kind dining and entertainment options.

 

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