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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - Lunch Program
Tech Innovation in Our Cities: Can Civic Institutions Keep Up?
Scott Mauvais '90

We are on the cusp of solving society's biggest challenges such as disease, ignorance, and poverty and dramatically improving the well-being of citizens. Yet, it’s possible to imagine a darker future in which automation eliminates millions of jobs, inequality becomes an unbridgeable chasm, and our core democratic institutions are permanently undermined. Scott Mauvais '90 will draw on his experience running Microsoft’s Cities program to discuss the role of tech in society and what we can do today to accelerate the positive aspects of the coming change and mitigate the downside.


Scott Mauvais '90 is the director Microsoft Cities where he works with local leaders to infuse technology into existing real-world systems to make cities better places to live, learn, work, and innovate. 

Mauvais has been at Microsoft for 18 years. Most recently, he was the director of the Microsoft Technology Center, an innovation lab where Microsoft’s top architects work hand-in-hand with Fortune 500 companies to envision, architect, and prove out solutions based on Microsoft’s newest technologies. Prior to that, he worked for Microsoft Consulting Services where he ran early stage projects for customers in Microsoft's Early Adopter Program. He has written extensively for Microsoft Press and Ziff-Davis.

He serves on the national boards of Upwardly Global, City Innovate Foundation, and the Urban Age Institute and co-owns of The WELL, the ground breaking online community founded in 1985. When not working, Scott enjoys skiing in the winter, backpacking in the summer, and seeing—and photographing—as much live music as possible year-round.

A 1990 graduate of CMC, Mauvais majored in economics and government. 

Mr. Mauvais' Athenauem talk is co-sponsored by the Rose Institute of State and Local Government and the Lowe Institute of Political Economy, both at CMC.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - Evening Program
How to make the outdoors radically accessible to all?
Grace Anderson

With record numbers of people from varying demographics and backgrounds finding ways to connect to the outdoors, Grace Anderson, outdoor educator at GirlVentures and National Outdoor Leadership Schools, will discuss how to diminish the onerous systems that promote exclusivity in outdoor spaces.

Grace Anderson is an outdoor educator and a freelancer for outdoor non-profits and business. Anderson, who currently calls Lander, Wyoming, home discovered the awe of nature on a college spring break trip with the Student Conservation Association to Joshua Tree National Park. Since then she’s been chasing wide-open spaces from Patagonia to the Yukon Territories to Wyoming.

Previously as the program manager for Sierra Club Outdoors’ Inspiring Connections Outdoors Program, she worked to connect communities with limited access to the outdoors. She currently works mostly in the field for National Outdoor Leadership Schools (NOLS) getting young people of color into the great outdoors and GirlVentures to empower adolescent girls to develop and express their strengths through outdoor adventure programs.