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

Democracy in Transition

Network Democracy, European Cultural Foundation and Pakhuis de Zwijger organize a series of events called 'New Democracy' about democracy in transition.

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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 21ste centuries. The nation state, once democracy’s best hope, is now dysfunctional and obsolete. Tonight 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.

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 interlocally connecting cities to create more impact by sharing knowledge and experience, and formulating a joint strategy.