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What to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni Griffin

What to do about Detroit? A Q&A with urban planner, Toni Griffin

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Everyone knows Detroit is in trouble. The list of problems assaulting the once-mighty Motor City is long and, from a look at national newspapers, incessantly documented. Most recently, the city filed for bankruptcy; its former mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick, was sentenced to 28 years in prison for public corruption. Since the booming 1950s, the city of Detroit []

Why mayors have more chance of saving the world than global leaders do

Why mayors have more chance of saving the world than global leaders do

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The challenges we face in the 21st century are global in nature. Yet it often seems like we are woefully ill-equipped to address issues such as poverty, violence, security or public health with our large-scale political institutions. In this bold talk, Benjamin Barber suggests that we should transition away from nation states towards a system []

A TED Talk inspires government change in North Vancouver

A TED Talk inspires government change in North Vancouver

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In his TED Talk, Dave Meslin wondered: What would happen if Nike advertised sneakers in the same way local governments announced important information — with long, bland, black-and-white newspaper ads filled with jargon? “Apathy as we think we know it doesn’t actually exist,” said Meslin, a local organizer in Toronto. “People do care, but we []

Why mayors should rule the world: Benjamin Barber at TEDGlobal 2013

Why mayors should rule the world: Benjamin Barber at TEDGlobal 2013

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“Democracy is in trouble,” announces political theorist Benjamin Barber as he makes his way onto the TEDGlobal stage. He continues: “We live in a  21st-century world of interdependence and brutal interdependent problems. Yet when we look for solutions in politics and democracy, we are faced with political institutions designed 400 years ago.” What can one do []