Keynotes that inspire people to step up and make a change. 

"What I got at the end of this work was a neighborhood. And that's what we're all fighting for. All of this, the bike lanes, the café sets, everything. Those things happen in great places where people feel connected. They have a sense of belonging, and we all want that. "

— Jason Roberts

Jason Roberts

Founding Director of the Better Block 

Jason Roberts is an artist, civic activist, and urban designer whose life’s work has been dedicated to the creation of healthy, vibrant, and sustainable neighborhoods.  To arrange an interview or inquire on speaking availability for Jason Roberts, please reach out to his team at speaking@cowanroberts.com. 

Photograph by Dale Dong

About Jason Roberts

Founder of the Better Block, Jason Roberts is an artist, civic activist, and urban designer whose life’s work has been dedicated to the creation of healthy, vibrant, and sustainable neighborhoods.

 

In 2006, Jason formed the nonprofit organization, Oak Cliff Transit Authority, to revive the Dallas streetcar system, and later spearheaded the city’s effort in garnering a $23 million grant from the federal government to help reintroduce a modern streetcar system to Dallas.

 

In 2010, Jason organized a series of Better Block projects, taking blighted blocks with vacant properties in Dallas and converting them into temporary, walkable districts with pop-up businesses, bike lanes, cafe seating, and landscaping.

 

The project has become an open-sourced international movement occurring everywhere from Melbourne, Australia to Tehran, Iran, and has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Dwell Magazine.

 

Jason has received a Champions of Change award from the U.S. White House, showcased in the 2012 Venice Biennale, and was listed in Planetizen‘s Top 100 Most Influential Urbanists.

 

Jason has keynoted over 200 conferences in cities around the world, and is known for his entertaining, thoughtful, and engaging approach to audiences. 

To arrange an interview or inquire on speaking availability for Jason Roberts, please reach out via email to speak@cowanroberts.com. 

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