Global Nighttime Governance Leaders Convened in NYC for
RHI’s 2023 Sociable City Summit
The 2023 Sociable City Summit in New York City convened 248 representatives from 67 cities, 33 states/provinces and five countries to exchange strategies to create a safer and more vibrant nighttime social economy.
The event marked the 40th anniversary of the Responsible Hospitality Institute, a global leader supporting safe, vibrant and sustainable places for people to gather and socialize.
Seventy-three speakers shared their knowledge in 35 sessions focusing on the future of music venues, sound management, sober bars, gun violence, mobility, cannabis lounges, harm reduction, diversity, and women’s safety, among other emerging trends in nightlife.
The Summit also convened the largest gathering of “night managers” representing cities throughout North America and the United Kingdom: Montreal, Seattle, Boston, Iowa City, Pittsburgh, Nashville, Bristol, NYC, Philadelphia, Austin, Sacramento, New Orleans, San Francisco, Orlando, and DC (pictured above).
The Sociable City Academy on Nighttime Management (a pre-summit training) engaged 54 attendees from 24 cities in educational sessions and showcased presentations on creating an office and staff dedicated to nighttime governance.
The Summit Program follows the Building Blocks of a Sociable City: Foundation, Vibrancy, Safety and Planning. The following are proposed themes for workshops and general sessions.
An alliance of stakeholders dedicated to nighttime governance is key to long-term success
Sociable cities anticipate mobility needs and create systems to maintain a high quality of life
Safety in social districts and within venues requires coordination among public and private partners
Vibrancy is created by the mix of social experiences in venues and in public space both day and night