The New Localism: How Cities Triumph in the Age of Populism Past and Future City
Tuesday Featured Speaker: October 24, 2:00-3:10 p.m
With the rise of the politics of populism, how can openness and diversity survive?
Bruce Katz, co-director of the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program, believes the answer lies within local communities.
Bruce regularly advises cross-sector metropolitan, national, and global leaders on public reforms and private innovations that advance the wellbeing of metropolitan areas and their countries. He is also coauthor of The Metropolitan Revolution (Brookings Press, 2013), which argues that metro areas — or cities and suburbs together — are powerful economic engines with considerable political influence, and that local leaders are more likely to take on the nation's big challenges than politicians in Washington. Citing many positive examples of how cities are taking the lead in dealing creatively with their local problems—even while the national government often is gripped in partisan gridlock—Bruce's presentation, The New Localism, calls for a twenty-first century localism attuned to the needs of all citizens and with the potential to be not just a reaction but also an antidote to the rise of populism and nationalism across the globe.