The Davis Futures Forum presents four to six events a year as opportunities, interest, and funds are available. Local professionals and community members volunteer their time to sustain this effort. Beginning September 2015, the Futures Forum has hosted several nationally known experts.

When possible these events are filmed for broad viewing by the community. Visit community television station DCTV for the whole collection.

Past events include:

Rick Cole: Community Engagement Starts@Home — Thursday, June 25, 2020. Cole shared his experiences in cities with constrained resources where cross-sector leaders have stepped up to address the problems, each contributing what they do best – from rewriting a general plan, to building a playground to removing a derelict building. Panel participants included Davis City Manager Mike Webb, Chair of the Davis Downtown Plan Advisory Committee, Meg Arnold, and Nico Fauchier-Magnan, President, Bike Davis. Councilmember Lucas Frerichs moderated. See the video of this presentation here.

Joe Minicozzi: Good Urban Planning Can Make Cities Richer, Feb 24, 2020. Joe’s presentation drew upon extensive data gathered from cities and towns across the US to illustrate where municipalities are getting the most bang for the buck in terms of the development choices they make. He uses the newest geographic information technologies to demonstrate complex relationships in a way that is simple for anyone to understand. See the video here

Daniel Faure and Yves Doligez: Adapting to Climate Change: Lessons from France, December 6, 2019. This talk discussed the differences between carbon reduction efforts the US and Europe. The speaker, French engineer Daniel Fauré will focus in more detail on comparisons between efforts in similar geographies of France and California, and on locally-driven programs that offer opportunities for Davis. Hosted by Davis Mayor Brett Lee. See the video here.

Dr. Richard Jackson: How Your Cities Built Environment Affects Your Health, Nov 6, 2019. Former pediatrician and California’ s Chief Public Health Officer, and Director of the Centers for Disease Control’s Center for Environmental Health in Atlanta. Richard spoke on how a city’s design is linked to quality of life, not just in subjective ways but in measurable health outcomes. See the video here.

Davis 2060: Trees or Tucson? A Forestry Master Plan Presentation, October 7, 2019. See the video here.

This forum featured

  • Jeremy Klemic, PLA, ASLA
  • Associate Principal, SWA Group.
  • And panel discussion with Panelists:
  • Dr. Greg McPherson, Retired, US Forest Service
  • Erin Donley Marineau, Executive Director Tree Davis
  • David B. Robinson, Chairman of the Board Tree Davis

For past forums, visit the Futures Forum webpage on the Cool Davis website. Select Past Forums and scroll down for the full list.