Aaron Naparstek is a journalist, interactive media producer, and a leader in New York City’s livable streets movement. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Streetsblog.org, an advocacy-journalism project that has played an instrumental role in transforming New York and other cities by reversing decades of car-oriented urban planning in favor of sustainable streets that prioritize pedestrians, cyclists and transit riders.
Aaron got his start in transportation policy by writing haiku poetry about the seemingly endless horn-honking observed from his apartment window in Brooklyn. He taped his poems to lampposts and called them “Honku.” This seemingly quixotic project evolved into a successful movement that compelled city officials to fix his neighborhood’s dysfunctional street. It also became a book, Honku: The Zen Antidote to Road Rage, published by Random House in 2003.
(X)po is a collaborative, co-creative, and multi-disciplinary idea exchange and festival conference. By day attendees will be immersed in thought provoking presentations, riveting performances and engaging dialogue. By night the conference continues with networking opportunities at amazing parties, street fests, and spectacular live music.