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New Democracy - Benjamin Barber: What if Mayors Rule the World?

In his most recent book If Mayors Ruled the World Dr. Benjamin Barber argues that cities are the most promising place to find answers to the major challenges of the 21st century. The nation state, once democracy's best hope, is now dysfunctional and obsolete. At this New Democracy event, Dr. Barber will explain his ideas on the importance of cities and the role of mayors in addressing challenges such as climate change, economic inequality and refugees.

Together with Mayor Jozias van Aartsen (The Hague), Dr. Barber will present the project of the Global Parliament of Mayors. Professor Christian Iaione (LabGov) will join in for a dialogue about the role mayors have in spurring the emergence of new governance structures rooted in the social and innovative practices of City Makers, and the role they have in inter-locally connecting cities to create more impact by sharing knowledge and experience, and formulating a joint strategy.

This event is in English and entrance is free.

About the New Democracy Series

Together with Netwerk Democratie and Pakhuis de Zwijger, we organise a series of events on democratic and cultural renewal in Europe from a citizen’s perspective. More and more urban communities are confronted with urgent challenges on a daily basis. Many European cities are losing their cultural identity to gentrification processes due to commercial interests. Migration puts new pressures on cities but also offers opportunities to re-think themselves. This debate series explores different city policies and alternative practices which are reinvigorating democracy and transforming our cities and regions for the common good. We will meet people who are part of a growing movement of urban citizen co-development who are tackling issues on urban planning, cultural community initiatives, safeguarding and preservation of public space and participatory governance. The series is part of the Europe by People programme and FabCity campus, in the framework of the Dutch Presidency from January – July 2016.