Columbia is changing.

What is changing? How is it changing? Why does it matter?

Evolution is a natural and necessary part of any community. CA is a resource to help you understand those changes and engage in the processes that make an impact.

The Change in Columbia Speaker Series will explore a variety of topics that matter to you and strategies we can all use to adapt to change and stay involved. These events will feature experts from CA and other entities/organizations. You will also experience interactive sessions and feedback opportunities.

Upcoming Events

What It Means To Be "Healthy"

What does it mean to be “healthy” in Columbia? Join expert panelists to explore how our concept of physical and mental wellness continues to shift and what we can all do to move toward the best version of ourselves.

Coming soon – please check back for details.

Past Events

Our Built Community

Our first Change in Columbia Speaker Series event (July 26, 2022) covered topics around how Columbia’s built environment has evolved, how we balance preservation and development and how to get involved in the decision-making process. A recording of the panel discussion can be accessed by clicking the image or button to the right.

We received so many questions to our panel of experts that we were not able to answer them all in the time allotted for our panelists. We are in the process of reviewing these questions and identify key themes that we can help explain! See below for video content.

A Legacy of Speaker Series

While the Change in Columbia Speaker Series is a new concept, we continue to be inspired by the work of the late Jane Dembner. Dembner served as CA’s director of Planning & Community Affairs and launched the Community Building Speaker Series program in 2010. We are excited to honor her legacy and passion for building a sense of community in this way.

Click the icons below to watch the past speaker series sessions or click here to access the YouTube playlist of all past Community Building Speaker Series events.

Jane Dembner