This year I will be participating in the Next Generation of New Urbanists: A One Day Conference, on Wednesday of CNU. Here is a brief summary of the event:

Wednesday, June 1, 2011 | 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM 

A one day forum for newcomers and veterans alike.

Students, professionals, advocates, and new members will interact, debate, present ideas, and explore innovative ways to improve our built and natural environment. NextGen seeks to advance CNU through open source collaboration and encouraging participation among diverse experience levels, backgrounds, and fields. Help us build momentum and join the discussion.

For those of you not familiar with how CNU operates, it is not like any conference you are likely to go to. It is truly a "congress", with side debates and discussions going on all over the place within the broader framework of the formal gathering. If this is your first Congress, I can't recommend NextGen enough as an orientation point and a place to jump off from into the rest of the gathering.

Morning
9:00 - 9:15 Introductions/Explanation of NG8 
9:15 - 10:00 Pecha Kucha Triad 1: Cultural Urbanism 
10:00-10:15 Coffee Break 
10:15-10:45 Grew Lawless, Executive Director of Dane Buy Local, a BALLE chapter in Madison 
10:45 -11:30 Pecha Kucha Triad 2: Incremental Urbanism 
11:30 - 12:00 New Orleans Recap, Marigny Mission and the Strategic Plan - Eight Initiatives 
11:45 - 12:00 Open Source Pitch and Brief Announcements 

12:15 - 1:45 - Lunch 

Afternoon
1:45 - 2:30 Ethan Kent from Project for Public Spaces 
2:30 - 3:15 Pecha Kucha Triad 3: Sliding Scales, Moving Pieces 
3:15- - 3:45 Coffee Break 
3:45-4:15 Robert and Bonn Camp, The Cotton District 
4:15-5:00 Addressing Style 5:00 - 5:15 - Closing Announcements

If you are there and need a friendly orientation, look for me. I'll be the geek sitting up front with the laptop or audio recorder, but if you can't find me, just sent me a Tweet at @clmarohn and we'll connect. I'd be happy to be a guide for any of our readers heading to Madison for their first CNU.

And if you've been there and done that at previous gatherings, you will want to check out the NextGen Congress to participate in a fresh and enthusiastic take on the future of CNU.

A few web resources: