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Here's What's Ahead

  • Friday Summit

    • 9:00am - Check-In
    • 9:30am - Welcome
    • 9:45am - Session 1: Keynote with Charles T. Brown - Our Built Environment
    • 11:00am - Session 2: Affinity/Accountability Concurrent Sessions
      • Affinity Session - Organizing Communities
      • Accountability Session - Allyship in the Workplace
    • 12:15pm - Session 3: Panel Discussion - How to Engage Diverse Audiences in Programs and Events
    • 1:45pm - Lunch/Break
    • 2:30pm - Session 4: Affinity/Accountability Concurrent Sessions
      • Affinity Session - Becoming a Part of the Process
      • Accountability Session - Power Influencing Development 
    • 3:45pm - Session 5
      • Panel Discussion - The Future of Cycling, Trails and Active Transportation in NWA
    • 5:30pm - Closing Remarks
    • 6:00pm - Summit concludes, networking reception begins
    • 7:00pm - Networking reception ends

  • Saturday

    • 9:00am - Regional Experiences
    • 1:00pm - 3:00pm - Break
    • 3:00pm - 5:00pm - Critical Mass Slow Roll in Fayetteville

Session Descriptions

CMS Speakers (1)
Charles T. Brown

Session One: Keynote with Charles T. Brown- Our Built Environment

Description:

To kick off the Critical Mass Summit, our first session will dig into the history of our infrastructure and cultural systems as it relates to trails, cycling, and active transportation. Moving forward, we need to build strategies that influence infrastructure in a more inclusive and equitable direction.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding the history of influence on our built environment 
  • Recognizing the difference between healthy, inclusive infrastructure and poor, exclusionary design
  • Examples of how the built environment can be better by allowing movement for all
  • Awareness that NWA is not immune from the national situation, using Initial lessons from the Trailblazers NWA DEI Project on infrastructure and culture
Option 2 (2)
Coming Soon

Session Two: (Concurrent Sessions) Organizing Communities and Using Our Power For Good

Concurrent Sessions Overview:

Through the lens of trails, cycling, and active transportation, these concurrent sessions will explore the experiences different identities have and how each can be effective in bringing about positive change. We ask for attendees to join the space that they most identify with: affinity or accountability. Our speakers and facilitators will guide attendees in understanding how their identities both impact and empower their ability to bring about change.

Session 2A: Affinity Session on Organizing Communities

Description:

This affinity space is intended for participants who identify as part of a marginalized community- specifically welcoming BIPOC, queer, disabled, or otherwise disenfranchised and discriminated people. We'll work through discussions around growing in your power, recognizing existing tools and resources, building community to work for change, and celebrating joy along the way. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Experiences in the trails, cycling, and mobility scene with a marginalized identity
  • Building community momentum and working toward justice 
  • How to work from within current systems and experience joy
  • Building power through coalitions 

Session 2B: Accountability Session on Using Power for Good

Description:

This accountability space is intended for participants who do not identify as part of a marginalized community or their identity generally doesn't pose a barrier to navigating the trails, cycling, and active transportation space. We'll be diving into understanding movements for change, understanding allyship, and opening our perspectives to do our work differently. 

Accountability Session Key Takeaways:

  • Gaining understanding of what allyship is, how it can relate to your professional life, and that it is not a threat
  • Learning how your privilege and power can be used to lift up marginalized people
  • How you can hold yourself and organization/business accountable 
  • Strategies for growing the number of allies
Option 2 (3)
Coming Soon

Session Three: (Panel Discussion) How to Engage Diverse Audiences in Programs and Events 

Description:

Northwest Arkansas' outdoor culture continues to grow and provides the opportunity to expand participation in programs and events by reaching a greater audience, intentionally creating space with marginalized communities. There is a diversity of people participating in cycling and outdoor recreation events at various levels and paving the way for others; how do we work collectively? We'll hear from organizers who are navigating this space and the challenges and opportunities around doing the work while celebrating the evolution of bike culture. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Creating inclusive marketing, messaging, and the power of social media
  • Building positive experiences for varying identities with intention
  • The reality of changing “the way it’s always been done”
  • How being more inclusive creates a more successful event/program
Option 2 (5)

Coming Soon

Session Four: Concurrent Sessions on Process and Development

Concurrent Sessions Description:

Through the lens of trails, cycling, and active transportation, these concurrent sessions will explore the experiences different identities have and how each can be effective in bringing about positive change. We ask for attendees to join the space that they most identify with: affinity or accountability. Our speakers and facilitators will guide attendees in understanding how their identities both impact and empower their ability to bring about change. 

Session 4A: Affinity Session on Becoming a Part of the Process

Description:

The affinity space is intended for participants who are disconnected from influencing the decision-making process and identify as part of a marginalized community- specifically welcoming women, BIPOC, queer, disabled, or otherwise disenfranchised and discriminated people. We'll be exploring existing municipal and political structures and how to pull your community together to respond, and opportunities to make changes in existing systems.

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding systems and processes in place (city and county level)
  • Engaging in the urban development and public input process 
  • Activating your community in response to infrastructure issues
  • Examples where community organizing worked to change the built environment

Session 4B: Accountability Session on Using Power for Good

Description:

The accountability space is intended for participants who do not identify as part of a marginalized community or who have a position of influence in the trails, cycling, and active transportation mobility space. We'll be discussing how you can better support marginalized community members to engage in public input processes, how to get better and more inclusive community feedback, and doing the work with rather than to communities.

Key Takeaways:

  • How to create an effective and meaningful public input process
  • Addressing blindspots in urban planning 
  • Incorporating DEIJ perspectives into decision-making
  • Establishing thoughtful partnerships

 

Option 2 (4)
Coming Soon

Session Five: (Panel Discussion) The Future of Cycling, Trails, and Active Transportation in NWA 

Description:

To conclude Friday’s sessions, national experts and local leaders will reflect on topics addressed throughout the day and how to apply them to the development of Northwest Arkansas. According to the Northwest Arkansas Council’s Engage the Future July 2022 report on the growth, by 2026, our region is expected to increase to over 600,000 residents with a racial and ethnical diversity of over 32%. With the expansion of not just the number but identities of people living, working, and playing in NWA, how do we build a network that supports equitable movement for all? 

Key Takeaways:

  • Multimodal, equitable, connected networks 
  • Taking advantage of the opportunity in NWA
  • Revising design and urban planning processes
  • Building community and infrastructure simultaneously

Ticket release, session leaders, and Saturday experiences coming soon!

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4-5, 2022

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