What lessons can reform-minded leaders draw from Philadelphia and Shenzhen? How can startup thinking inform a framework for change in rapidly urbanizing countries? Paul Romer recently sat down to answer these and other questions. His responses are at the heart of our new video introduction to the Charter Cities initiative. This video was produced in concert with a series of videos that address frequently asked questions about charter cities. Taken together, the new videos offer an update on how the concept has evolved since Romer initially introduced the idea in 2009.
The ultimate indicator of success would be [if] every family in the world felt like there were many cities that were actively competing to have them as residents. So they could choose to go to the one that best expressed their ambitions, their hopes.