2016 Schedule

Interactive: March 11–15  •  Film: March 11–19  •  Music: March 15–20

Cities Unlocking Impact

Saturday, March 12
5:00PM - 6:00PM

JW Marriott
Salon 3-4
110 E 2nd St

Cities are on the front lines when it comes to meeting residents’ needs. Everything from emergency services to quality education falls to local leaders. While service delivery & procurement processes may be seen as routine, they’re critical to addressing cities' greatest challenges. With the vast impact social programs have on vulnerable residents, one such challenge they help address is inequality. The Government Performance Lab at Harvard Kennedy School’s Jeff Liebman will lead a discussion on how cities can unlock greater impact & help alleviate poverty by using data. Panelists will discuss progress & hurdles in applying a results-oriented lens to tasks critical for the greater good.

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Ben Hecht at SXSW

Ben Hecht

Pres & CEO

Living Cities

Mr. Hecht was appointed President & CEO of Living Cities in July, 2007. Since that time, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective knowledge of its 22 m...

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Greg Fischer at SXSW

Greg Fischer


City Of Louisville

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer

Greg Fischer is now in his second term as Louisville’s 50th Mayor.

His administration is focused on three top goals: creating good-paying jobs, improving educat...

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Jeffrey Liebman at SXSW

Jeffrey Liebman

Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy

Harvard Kennedy School

Jeffrey Liebman is the Malcolm Wiener Professor of Public Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School where he teaches courses in social policy, public sector economics, and American economic policy. In h...

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Sam Liccardo at SXSW

Sam Liccardo


City of San Jose

Mayor Sam Liccardo took office in January 2015, and at the age of 44 became one of the youngest mayors in San Jose’s modern history.

During his brief tenure, San Jose has truly surged. Sam has f...

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