Posts Tagged 'local government'

If Mayors Ruled the World

Many mayors are impressive figures and time appears to be on their side. Nation states (particularly the large ones) have an increasingly hard time and, in the context of a process of globalization, cities, and particularly small city-states, increasingly emerge victorious. Cities have first-hand experience with many of the things that occur in globalization’s wake, such as immigration and cultural and religious diversity, and are generally less dogmatic and more practical in dealing with them.

Design alone, cannot save the city

Design cannot save the city. The words of Edgar Pieterse on Day 1 of the Designing Democracy Seminar. Pieterse was joined by Sithole Mbanga, CEO of the SA Cities Network, who spoke on the policy space surrounding the transformation of South African cities and Aditya Kumar, Regional Technical Coordinator of Slum Dwellers International (SDI) who presented on community involvement in the rollout of services.