In what has been dubbed the “age of cities” where does the real power for change lie? While governments at the national level are encumbered by partisanship and budgetary challenges, cities have unleashed their dominance in driving innovation and growth on the world stage. This new concentration of power in urban centers, what Katz and Nowak describe as the “new localism,” has the potential to solve many of the challenges facing modern societies: economic growth, social inclusion, the challenge of diversity, and environmental sustainability. But, as the power and autonomy of cities continues to grow, what are the potential drawbacks of the new power dynamic?
Bruce Katz, Author
Jeremy Nowak, Distinguished Visiting Fellow, Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation, Drexel University
Moderated by Niamh King, Vice President, Programs and Strategic Content, Chicago Council on Global Affairs
Grant Thornton US
Kirkland & Ellis