HOW TO PREPARE

We are striving for a zero-waste event. Bring your favorite coffee mug and water bottle, as we will not provide cups. If you have a name tag or bag from another conference, bring it! We will not be printing copies of our schedule of programs – download the summit schedule before you arrive. Our mission is to build a more just and livable world, and that includes our environment.

Our values are also revealed by our consumption patterns. Every dollar spent on our conference is a dollar wasted towards building that world.

Our dress code is business casual. If you work in jeans and a hoodie, wear it.

Food Needs?
· Light snacks and drinks will be available Friday, March 23rd.
· A Continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided Saturday, March 24th, and Sunday, March 25th

NEW TO
RICHMOND?

TRAVELING TO
GET HERE?

STILL HAVE
QUESTIONS?

RICHMOND

The people of Richmond love their city. We do too. The locals call it “RVA.”

It has an expansive history. It has a thriving lifestyle. And it has an exciting future. In addition to having enviable outdoor amenities (James River Park System, the best Urban Whitewater in North America), it has a bustling arts scene, a much-talked-about restaurant industry, and is a hotbed of start-ups and entrepreneurial industries.

You may want to see where Patrick Henry said, “Give me liberty or give me death.” You may want to explore the Richmond world of Edgar Allen Poe. Perhaps you want to tour our many murals that grace our buildings? Or shop and dine in our unique boutiques and eateries.

From world class universities to abundant wildlife, Richmond has it.

PLANES, TRAINS, AUTOMOBILES

You can get here from there.

Planes
If you are flying in, you’ll land at Richmond’s International Airport. It’s only 11 miles from VCU.

Trains
Richmond is also serviced by Amtrak. Amtrak will drop you off at the Main Street Station downtown – just 6 minutes away from VCU.

Lodging
Richmond’s lodging options are quite diverse. Download our handy lodging overview here.

Arriving from the east or south by Interstate 64W/95N
Take Exit 76A for Chamberlayne Avenue. At the next light, turn right onto West Leigh Street. At the next light, turn left onto North Belvidere Street. Drive six blocks and turn right onto West Main Street. At the first light, turn left onto South Laurel Street. Entrance to the West Main Street Parking Deck is on the right.

Arriving from the west or north by Interstate 64E/95S
Take Exit 76B for Belvidere Street. At the first light, turn left onto West Leigh Street. At the next light, turn right onto North Belvidere Street. Drive six blocks and turn right onto West Main Street. At the first light, turn left on South Laurel Street. Entrance to the West Main Street Parking Deck is on the right.

FAQ

What is IMAGINE?
IMAGINE is a gathering of some of the most inspiring human beings on the planet. We are coming together to convene, converse, and create diverse coalitions of change-making individuals who are committed to building a more just and livable world. The weekend consists of main-stage events with keynote speakers that are attended by everyone, breakout sessions where student teams present their work to panels of experts, inspiring workshops and multiple moments to meet, listen to and learn from one another. IMAGINE was founded by Shawn Humphrey, the Blue Collar Professor and Change-Maker in Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University’s da Vinci Center.
How much does IMAGINE cost?
Attendance is FREE! But the payout is tremendous.
Is there food and drink available?
See How to Prepare for conference logistics, and Richmond for some local flavors.
Should I come?
Do you have a hunger to build a more just and livable world? Do you want to hear from social change experts? Do you want to become a better change maker? You should come.
Where is IMAGINE being held?

IMAGINE is being held at the Academic Learning Commons on the Virginia Commonwealth University Campus which is located at 1000 Floyd Avenue.

How can I pay for travel and lodging?
Travel and lodging expenses are up to you. The means to travel, however, shouldn’t be a barrier. We’re committed to building as diverse a social good community as possible. While we can’t afford to pay everyone’s expenses, and may not be able to help you, we do want to help. Contact Shawn Humphrey for more.