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Five Reasons Why Mayors Should Manage The World

August 6, 2014 by David Thorpe

Would you trust Benjamin Barber to take care of the world?

Can mayors rule the world? Some of them certainly think they would do a better job than the leaders of nation states and they have put together a proposal arguing just that, in advance of next month's summit to decide the shape of a future Global Parliament of Mayors.[read more]

Why Mayors Should Rule The World by Benjamin Barber

January 3, 2014 by David Thorpe

Barber's provocative TED talk.

In this TED talk, Benjamin Barber suggests that we should transition away from nation states towards a system of cities, where mayors rule. Why? Because, he argues, mayors are pragmatic problem solvers who are deeply involved in the issues of the cities they serve.[read more]