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2014 BIG Ideas: The Future of Our Cities is taking place October 24-26, 2014. Mark your calendar now! This year’s BIG Ideas will be hosted by the City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida.  Attendees can expect a unique weekend, experiencing the coastal beauty of the area. 

Hosted by the Alliance for Innovation, BIG Ideas is an invitation-only event that gathers progressive leaders to explore critical issues for the future of local government. The Alliance for Innovation is transforming local government through the power of innovation and collaboration. We serve as the platform for local governments who are passionate about nurturing an innovative culture and building the future of local government today.


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BIG Ideas will take place at the beautiful beach side B Ocean Hotel. Just steps away from the sea foam of the beautiful Fort Lauderdale beach, B Ocean Fort Lauderdale offers a sensational experience: oceanfront guestrooms and suites, unique restaurants and lounging areas, B Indulged® spa suite and a variety of excursions for those guests looking to B Adventurous and explore the destination. The B on Top ballroom and meeting rooms on the penthouse floor overlook the Atlantic Ocean, the beautiful beach and the Intracoastal waterways, presenting a special setting for our gathering. Wireless Internet access is complimentary throughout the hotel including guestrooms.

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Registration is $435 for the two and one half day meeting. All meals are provided for the duration of the event. Guests are welcome to attend dinners each night with the purchase of a ticket.

Attendees can purchase a dinner ticket during the registration process.



BIG Ideas: The Future of Local Government is generously sponsored by the Active Network, CH2M HILL, HR Green and the city of Fort Lauderdale.






2013 BIG IDEAS - Santa Monica & West Hollywood, CA

BIG Ideas 2013 looked at the future of local government, assessing the impact our decisions now will have on the landscape of local government tomorrow. 

2012 BIG IDEAS - Williamsburg, VA

BIG Ideas 2013 offers a timely contrast to the 2012 BIG Ideas: Revolutionary Ideas, held in Williamsburg.  This year’s discussions will take the lead from our historical setting. Attendees had conversations around the theme -- “BIG Ideas, Revolutionary Ideas”: A New Founding for Local Government within the American Commonwealth. BIG Ideas 2012 discussed the future of local government as seen through the lens of the ideas which gave birth to the American experiment in republican and democratic self-government; the ideas which continue to inspire and to challenge as “we the people” struggle to achieve a free, just and inclusive society.View the BIG Ideas 2012 Conference Materials

2011 BIG Ideas - Fort Collins, CO

The 2011 BIG Ideas Conference was held in Fort Collins, CO. The format was highly interactive, with attendees bridging the roles of provocateurs and being a participant.  Participants left Colorado feeling energized and inspired by the conversation that took place.

Over the course of two and a half days, attendees discussed

  1. What will the future of local government look like?
  2. Who should work there? 
  3. What work will they be doing?
  4. How will they do their work? and
  5. How will we create a place for community?

You will find below the links to the white papers that were generated to help participants prepare for the conversation:

During these events, sessions are live scribed.  Below is the link to the 2011 BIG Ideas Notes that were taken during the event: