Poder Hacer, Mexico City’s first international conference on creative cities, seeks to be a space for diverse encounters where participants can exchange ideas and experiences with experts in creativity and civic action. These encounters will generate reflections on and proposals for the present and future of creativity in cities, with a special focus on Mexico City.

These reflections appeal to a wide range of contemporary topics and other examples of creative life from other other cities; they will help us understand the present moment in Mexico City by visualizing the realities and possibilities of applied creativity in the social fabric of urban space.

Poder Hacer will be a conference where both professionals and members of the public come together to think about, debate, explain, and exhibit creative paradigms through three main axes:

1. The State-of-the-Art of creativity in Mexico City and other cities around the world
2. Contemporary models of creativity
3. Visions for the future of urban creativity

The knowledge constructed during Poder Hacer will be a key element in the consolidation of new public policy to benefit the creative community of Mexico City.

The scientific committee is a body of experts on the themes of the conference responsible of evaluating the conference’s presented papers and lectures. This group of specialists will evaluate presentations and papers for their inclusion in the conference and will function as an advisory committee for the content of the conference.

Ernesto Piedras

Economist at ITAM (Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico) and London School of Economics and director-general of Nomismæ Consulting, a consulting firm dedicated to economic analysis in cultural industries, the creativity-based economy, and the orchestration of national, state, and municipal policy. He is the author of the book ¿Cuanto Vale la Cultura? Contribución Económica de las Industrias Protegidas por el Derecho de Autor en México [How Much is Culture Worth? The Economic Contribution of Copyright-Protected Industries in Mexico].

Karla Paniagua

Director of research and full-time professor-researcher at CENTRO University. Communication theorist at the UAM Xochimilco (Metropolitan Autonomous University Xochimilco), professor in social anthropology at CIESAS (Center for Research and Advanced Studies in Social Anthropology), and a doctoral candidate in interdisciplinary cultural and communication studies at ICONOS (Institute for Research in Communication and Culture). She has significant experience teaching semiotics and anthropology at the undergraduate and graduate level, as well as in group facilitation, conferences, and research.

Manuel Alcalá

Manuel Alcalá has focused on cultural production and promotion; he founded projects such as Videodromo, the first and most important collection of independent film in Mexico City and, in 2006, tallerPUBLICO, a studio dedicated to interdisciplinary collaboration among film, art, and design. He co-wrote and directed the Program in Media Design at the Universidad CENTRO. Currently, he is the founder of TINKER and TERA, two interactive media projects, and the director of the education department at the Museo Tamayo.

Ana Elena Mallet

Ana Elena Mallet is an independent curator specializing in modern and contemporary design. In February-May 2015, she co-curated the exhibit Moderno: Design for Living in Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela 1945-1970 at the America’s Society gallery in New York. She is a member of the advisory committee for the 2016 London Design Biennale.

Marcos Valdivia

PhD in Economics from the New School for Social Research in New York. Full-time researcher at the Regional Center for Interdisciplinary Research at UNAM (National Autonomous University of Mexico). He is a Level I member of the Sistema Nacional de Investigadores (National System of Researchers).

Paula Astorga

In 2000, she founded the civic organization Circo 2.12, an organization that carries out various projects, including the Cineclub Revolution at the Museo de Arte Carrillo Gil, and Cineclub Condesa DF. In January 2012, she was named a Knight of The Order of Arts and Letters by the French government. From 2010 to 2013, she served as the director of the Cineteca Nacional. Currently, she directs the online platform CinemaUno.com and is the artistic director of the Distrital Festival.

Alfonso Muriedas will be the guest curator in charge of the conference’s artistic performances. He is the director of the Festival Nrmal and the NODO platform. Since 2008 he has been part of the production and programming team of the digital creativity and electronic music Festival MUTEK MX, where he developed an interactive space mixed with civic interaction and academic focus called MUTEK_LAB. His academic background is in marketing, and he has a postgraduate diploma in music industry management from Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain.

Poder Hacer welcomes anyone from civil society, creative agencies, academia, government, and the private sector with an interest in urbanism and creativity to sign up and attend Mexico City’s first international conference on conceptualizing creative cities.

Participants of Poder Hacer will be able to:

1. Get to know national and international agents, thinkers, and experts in creativity.

2. Share experiences and views about the state of creativity, new creative models, and visions for the future in different urban contexts.

3. Receive a certificate of attendance accredited by our partner institutions.

4. Learn about projects, investors, and ideas focused on innovation and creativity being developed in Mexico City right now.

5. Pick up proposals and visions for the future of creativity in Mexico City and have a hand in the contents that will nourish its creative public policies.

6. Enjoy artistic and cultural activities like performances, talks, public programming, and guided walking tours to explore the city.

The Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the experimental office of the Mexico City government, organizes Poder Hacer. The Lab is a space for speculation and practice to launch investigations that create new ways of addressing urban matters.

Following that mission, the Lab incubates pilot projects and promotes interdisciplinary exchange around civic innovation and urban creativity. It creates dialogues and cooperation among government, civil society, the private sector, and non-governmental organizations with the aim of reinventing, collaboratively, how we conceptualize city and government.

The Lab brings together people of different disciplines and continuously collaborates with national and international experts. It strategically promotes creative capital and civic talent in Mexico City, linking it with other minds and initiatives in other parts of the world. In sum, the Lab is hybrid and fluid, an experimental vehicle to bring ideas to life and re imagine the (im)possible city.

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