Michael Cohen: How Cities Can Help Global Problems
NYU Urban Seminar
Rice Conference Room
295 Lafayette Street
New York, NY
Michael Cohen, Director and Professor of International Affairs at The New School for Public Engagement, will lead this NYU Urban Seminar, titled "Thinking Inside Out: How Cities Can Help Solve Global Problems."
The urban narrative has failed to capture global or national attention. Despite the growing economic and demographic importance of cities in both rich and poor countries, their role is neither widely understood nor recognized in global official and public debates. Six hundred cities now account for about 60 percent of global GDP, yet cities do not appear in the global discussions of the G20, they did not appear in the national stimulus packages following the global economic crisis of 2008, they have only recently been linked to climate change, and their attention in the media is not consistent or urgent. Discussions of employment are stuck at the macro-economic level and are not focused on the fact that jobs must be created in cities where the potential for multiplying effects are highest due to their demographic and spatial advantages. This suggests an urgent need to reframe the global debate and to place urban areas on the agenda for debate and action.
The NYU Urban Seminar is co-hosted by the Marron Institute and the Wagner School.