The Tishman Environment and Design Center, 596 Acres and the Center for New York City Affairs invite you to prepare a short presentation for Turning Vacant Acres into Community Resources on Tuesday, April 22-Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at The New School, New York NY.

Deadline to submit 300-word presentation abstract has been extended to: February 7, 2014

This two-day event will engage advocates, policy makers and other stakeholders in land policy workshops, a panel discussion focusing on vacant land in New York City and a symposium in which land transformation facilitators from around the world will share best practices.

The first day of the event will give you an opportunity to learn about community land access pressures and opportunities in New York City.

The second day will be a structured conversation among a diversity of community land access advocates working in urban contexts around the world. It will take place all day on Wednesday, April 23, and will culminate with an evening reception. The day will be divided into sessions that focus on case studies from a diversity of regions, legislative and policy approaches to making access to municipal land more transparent, and best practices for organizing. Confirmed guests are from 596 Acres (NYC), the Garden Justice Legal Initiative (Philadelphia), Community Health Councils (Los Angeles), Everyday Growing Cultures in Manchester (UK), New Orleans Food & Farm Network, 3000acres in Melbourne (Australia), Alternatives (Montreal, Canada) and Cidades Sem Fome (Sao Paulo, Brasil).

We invite you to prepare a short presentation (15 minutes) focused on your local experience with land access as a case study to present at the symposium: Turning Vacant Acres into Community Resources: Sharing Best Practices from Urban Vacant Land Transformation Facilitators around the World on April 23, 2014. 

If you have not already submitted an abstract, please submit a 300-word description of your presentation to Alex Shaw, along with your contact information. Please also let us know which of the following four categories best describes your work: (1) identifying opportunities and facilitating transformations, (2) protecting community access to land, (3) developing models for predictable land tenure, or (4) establishing long term land management.  You are also welcome to join us without making a presentation.

You can register for the symposium using this link.

Deadline for speaker registration has been extended to: February 7, 2014.

We hope you will be able to join us for this exciting event!