Walk2Connect [email protected] Summit

Experience how to use walking as a platform to deepen engagement with your clients, communities and coworkers. The Walk2Connect Cooperative empowers individuals, community groups and businesses to bring [email protected] into everything they do, building a more human and connected world through walking. Come learn how Walk2Connect can help your organization put its mission into action!

At the Walk2Connect [email protected] Summit, we will connect industry professionals and community leaders through mobile “WALKshops,” demonstrating tools for leadership and business strategy leading to authentic grassroots community building.

Who should attend: Professionals (public health, transportation, city planning, engineers, architects, land conservancies and trusts, community organizations, entrepreneurs, etc.), and invested community advocates.

What to expect: Unlike most conferences, the Walk2Connect [email protected] Summit features mobile breakout sessions called “WALKshops.” Each session will get participants moving and learning together in small groups, actively engaging in conversations about pedestrian safety, the built environment, community engagement and other related themes. This format allows participants to use all of their senses to connect with the subject matter, each other, and the places around them.

Where: Longmont, Colorado, located within Boulder County with a spectacular vista of the Rocky Mountains, sits at an elevation of 4,979 feet above sea level. With more than 1,500 acres of parks and open space, Longmont is perfect for outdoor enthusiasts. It is conveniently located 40 miles from Denver International Airport, 16 miles from Boulder and 30 miles from Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Main Location: Longmont Area Chamber of Commerce, 528 Main St, Longmont, CO 80501

Agenda

Thursday, October 17

8 – 9 am Registration with coffee

9-9:30 am Welcome from W2C team

9:30-10:15 A Pathway for Building Strong Communities: From Walking Programs to Walkable Design: Ian Thomas, PhD, State and Local Program Director, America Walks; City Council Representative, Columbia, MO

10:15-10:30   Break

10:30-noon Morning WALKshop (small groups)

Attendees will choose one of the following WALKshops (WALKshops will repeat in the afternoon so attendees can attend two for the day):

  1. Connection to Self: Healthy People, Healthy Communities  (Mental, Emotional, Physical, & Spiritual)
  2. Connection to Others (Relationships Building, Grassroots Community Building)
  3. Connection to the Places we Live (Built Environment & Planning, Pedestrian experience)

Noon-12:45 pm Lunch

12:45pm – 2pm Authentic Community Engagement: Experience It!

2-4 pm Afternoon WALKshops . Attendees will choose one of the following WALKshops (same WALKshops as morning, so attendees can attend two for the day)

  1. Connection to Self: Healthy People, Healthy Communities  (Mental, Emotional, Physical, & Spiritual)
  2. Connection to Others (Relationships Building, Grassroots Community Building)
  3. Connection to the Places we Live (Built Environment & Planning, Pedestrian experience)

4-6:30 pm Happy Hour, followed by “Walking In the Fast Lane” Speed presentation session (public invited to view and engage)

7-8:30 pm Glow-in-the-Dark Zumba Walk (optional, public invited)

Friday, October 18

8:30-9 am Coffee and Registration

9-9:45 am Discussion Panel “Connection-Focused Walking Programs as an Authentic Community Engagement Tool”

Panelists:

9:45-10 am Break

10-noon Morning WALKshops

  1. Connection to Self: Healthy People, Healthy Communities  (Mental, Emotional, Physical, & Spiritual)
  2. Connection to Others ( Relationships Building, Grassroots Community Building )
  3. Connection to the Places we Live (Built Environment & Planning, Pedestrian experience)

Noon-1 pm Lunch

1-2:30 pm Longmont Discovered: Self-guided scavenger hunt

2:30-3 pm Scavenger hunt group discussion and prize drawing 

Saturday, October 19

LOBO Walk – 16 miles Longmont to Boulder (optional, open to the community)

RSVP: Register through Eventbrite October 17 and/or 18

$100 for both days. If you cannot attend one of the days, let us know so we can gift it to a community organization or community advocate that could benefit from your gratitude.

October 19 – Look for LOBO Walk on our calendar

Lodging

Questions and Contact:

Ana Lucaci [email protected]

Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request for persons with disabilities. Please notify the organizers at the above emails at least two weeks prior to Summit to make arrangements.

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