PastForward 2018 Call for Ideas

By Colleen Danz posted 01-05-2018 15:22

We want your input to shape the educational programming at PastForward 2018, which will take place in San Francisco, November 13–16! Is there a topic you’d like covered or a speaker you’d like to see? Submit your ideas by February 12. Suggest critical content or a dynamic, engaging expert whose voice is especially important in the preservation field, as well as exhibitors that you’d like to see in the Preservation Studio.

2018 Themes

While we will consider all suggestions, we are particularly interested in programming around:
  • Climate change
  • Intangible heritage
  • Cultural landscapes and culture-nature connections
PastFoward 2018 programming will also focus on issues that are significant to our host city and state. Our programming will address affordability, displacement, and gentrification—subjects that have a national resonance but are particularly relevant to San Francisco. And, since California has the largest population of Native Americans of any U.S. state as well as the largest number of federally recognized Native tribes, we would like to use 2018 to expand programming related to Native Americans, Asian Pacific Islanders, and other underrepresented communities.

Session Types

We are accepting ideas for the following types of conference sessions.

  • TrustLives: Marquee presentations from thought leaders and new voices that are followed by TalkBack segments to include additional topic experts and engage attendees. Watch the 2017 videos to get an idea of how these sessions look.
  • Learning Labs: In-depth, 75-minute interactive learning sessions that allow for rich investigations of critical issues.
  • Power Sessions: Quick (30-minute), impactful overviews of the pressing topics in preservation.
  • Preservation Leadership Training® Intensives: Day-long skill-building trainings.
  • Field Studies: Half- or full-day programs that offer attendees first-hand looks at local preservation projects by taking them into the community.
For more information about PastForward, please visit Be sure to sign up for updates to stay in the know about registration, programming, special events, and speakers.

Colleen Danz is the manager of Forum marketing.

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