The Future of Cities: Policy, Politics, and Planning

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1 Ferry Building

Suite 201

San Francisco, CA 94111

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What is the future of our urban spaces? Join SHACK15, Manny's, and SPUR in a conversation diving head first into this pertinent question.

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Flying cars, teleporters, robot butlers, and geostationary metropolises are just a few of the tropes that have long been used as pop culture markers for cities of the future.

But those imaginative notions rarely address some of the most pressing issues experienced by cities now, including a widening income gap, growing homelessness and global climate change.

Can we surmount today’s pernicious challenges and realize a shared, ideal future?

Will tomorrow’s cities be more reminiscent of the shiny utopia of Star Trek or the bleak dystopia of Blade Runner?

Will future cities even be identifiable as such?

Join some of the Bay Area’s biggest thinkers as they discuss what the future holds for our cities 50, 100, or even 500 years into the future.

This event is co-presented by SHACK15, Manny’s and SPUR.

About the Event:

5pm - Doors open

6pm - Discussion

7pm - Networking

8pm - End

RSVP Required //$10 // Free for SHACK15 members (register via the SHACK15 app)

Food and beverages available for purchase.

This event is 21+

This event will take place at SHACK15 and not Manny's

Please review SHACK15 House Rules and Guest Code of Conduct.

Please note: In accordance with San Francisco's city health ordinance, we are requiring proof of full vaccination and a photo ID at the door. Face coverings are required when not eating or drinking.


Manny Yekutiel, founder of Manny’s, a community-focused meeting and learning space in the heart of San Francisco.


Marina Gorbis is Executive Director of the Institute for the Future (IFTF), a 50-year old non-profit research and consulting organization based in Silicon Valley. She has brought a futures perspective to hundreds of organizations in business, education, government, philanthropy, and civic society. Marina’s current research focuses on transformations in the world of work and new forms of value creation. She launched the Workable Futures Initiative at IFTF with the aim of developing a deeper understanding of new work patterns and to prototype a generation of Positive Platforms for work. She has introduced the concept of Universal Basic Assets (UBA) as a framework for thinking about different types of assets and the role they play in economic security. The UBA framework also highlights a variety of approaches and tools we can use to achieve wider asset distribution and greater equity.

Annalee Newitz writes science fiction and nonfiction. They are the author of the book Four Lost Cities: A Secret History of the Urban Age, and the novels The Future of Another Timeline, and Autonomous, which won the Lambda Literary Award. As a science journalist, they are a writer for the New York Times and elsewhere, and have a monthly column in New Scientist. They have published in The Washington Post, Slate, Popular Science, Ars Technica, The New Yorker, and The Atlantic, among others. They are also the co-host of the Hugo Award-winning podcast Our Opinions Are Correct. Previously, they were the founder of io9, and served as the editor-in-chief of Gizmodo.

Peter Calthorpe is an architect and founding member of the Congress for New Urbanism, as well as Principal and Co-Founder of Calthorpe Analytics. His 30 year practice has helped solidify a global trend towards the key principles of sustainable urban development. Peter is driven by a desire to put better information and better tools in the hands of decision makers, advocates, and organizations on the front lines of development, energy, climate, and health planning.

About SPUR:

SPUR is a nonprofit public policy organization in the San Francisco Bay Area. We bring people together from across the political spectrum to develop solutions to the big problems cities face. With offices in San Francisco, San José and Oakland, we are recognized as a leading civic planning organization and respected for our independent and holistic approach to urban issues.

About MANNY’s:

Manny’s is a community-focused meeting and learning space in the heart of San Francisco that combines a non-profit restaurant, political bookshop, and civic events and gathering space.

About SHACK15:

SHACK15 is a community for Founders, Innovators and Changemakers. Located on the third floor of the iconic San Francisco Ferry Building with panoramic views of the Bay, SHACK15 provides the stage for a diverse global community to gather and connect.

SHACK15 Location

We’re located on the 2nd floor of San Francisco's Ferry Building. Please use the elevator to come to the 2nd floor in the Ferry Building’s “Office Lobby” - located underneath the giant clock tower, on the left side of the main market entrance.

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