According to urban experts Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak, power is moving from the national to the local, and from the public to networks of public, private and civic actors. In doing so, 'power now belongs to the problem solvers’, and real change takes place in the communities where most people live and work: cities. In their new book, 'The New Localism', Katz and Nowak describe how these urban players address our most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges - thereby complementing existing top-down systems in times of national dysfunction and growing populism. What other solutions to global challenges can urban communities tackle in the future? And what can the city of Amsterdam learn from these international examples of urban problem solving?
The New Localism
In The New Localism, Bruce Katz and Jeremy Nowak tell the stories of the cities that are on the vanguard of problem solving. Pittsburgh is catalyzing inclusive growth by inventing and deploying new industries and technologies. Indianapolis is governing its city and metropolis through a network of public, private and civic leaders. Copenhagen is using publicly owned assets like their waterfront to spur large scale redevelopment and finance infrastructure from land sales.
Out of these stories emerge new norms of growth, governance, and finance and a path toward a more prosperous, sustainable, and inclusive society. Katz and Nowak imagine a world in which urban institutions finance the future through smart investments in innovation, infrastructure and children and urban intermediaries take solutions created in one city and adapt and tailor them to other cities with speed and precision.
Listen to the Podcast of Pakhuis de Zwijger with Bruce Katz.