NYC Mayoral Candidates: Issues and Solutions in Equity
19 October, 2020


13:30 & 17:00


19:30 & 23:30


23:00 & 2:00 (+1)


03:00 (+1) & 7:00 (+1)

October 19 | 1:30 to 3pm | 5:00 to 6:30pm| EST |  Tickets (here)

Series of Presentation – Addressing racial equity issues in NYC | 1:30 to 3:00pm

In this event, each participating candidate will answer the questions:

What is your view on racial equity issues in NYC?

How would you make a more equitable and inclusive NYC?

Through these simple questions, we aim to identify major issues and showcase ideas and strategies from the potential leaders of NYC’s government.

Feedback and discussion – Addressing racial equity issues in NYC | 5:00 to 6:15pm

Community members, activists, and subject experts will participate in a collaborative brainstorming session moderated by Errol Lewis, host of NY1’s Inside City Hall

Design for Equity | Conscious NYC | CCF 2020 | Monday October 19th-22nd

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“Equality does not see colour, therefore, contributes to privilege. Equity sees colour, recognizes systemic forms of racism and actively provides resources to level the playing field” ― Sope Agbelusi

“Not everything that is faced can be changed. But nothing can be changed until it is faced.”
― James Baldwin

These quotes help us frame the dialogue and the flow of ideas we will explore in this year’s festival:  How to recognize, discuss, and ultimately address racial equity issues in 3 different environments: education, healthcare, and neighborhoods.

To kick off the first day, we will have candidates 2021 New York City mayoral election present their ideas and proposals for creating a more equitable NYC.

Each day will begin with a series of 10-15 minute TED-style talks given by local, multidisciplinary, experts focusing on equity in each environment.

Our experts will range across all industries and professions that touch the urban fabric - from scientists, to policy and governance, to community experts, to local practitioners, to urban innovators and architects, and more.

Sprinkled between talks will be performances and showcases by local artists directly impacted by inequitable structures and systems.

At the end of each day, Festival viewers will be invited to join our panel of experts to co-imagine equity centered environments.

It is our hope that this festival will spark a longer lasting project and lead to systemic reform.

Founder and CEO DC Design

Durell Coleman is the namesake founder and CEO of DC Design, a social impact design firm that uses Human-Centered Design to co-develop validated, long lasting solutions to complex social problems. In his journey as a designer, Durell has worked alongside governments, foundations, non-profits, companies and those they serve to shift entrenched systems toward paradigms that function better for everyone. He has worked to redesign aspects of the foster care system, develop new approaches to criminal justice reform, reimagine healthcare service models, create apps that connect communities, and develop new educational models for the 21st century. Trained in mechanical engineering (B.S) and sustainable design (M.S.), he is a two-time alumnus of Stanford University and its famous Institute of Design (the Stanford As an educator, Durell regularly lectures on social impact design, innovation, and leadership at Stanford University. He has taught design thinking to refugees designing solutions to challenges in refugee camps, School leaders seeking to redesign the culture of their school, students seeking to create a more inclusive campus, and corporate executives from Sony, Oracle, and Santander. He is the creator and director of Design the Future - an award winning STEM program run in collaboration with top universities that teaches high school students to design products for individuals with physical disabilities. He is an expert in multi-stakeholder, human-centered design; has been awarded the Jefferson Award for Public Service as a result of his work; and is one of the subjects of the PBS documentary: “Extreme by Design,” which is used as a design thinking teaching aid all over the world.