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Case made: Mayors should lead the world

Benjamin Barber, author of the new book, "If Mayors Ruled the World." (Benjamin Barber)

As dysfunction seizes nation states and threatens international organizations, cities are mankind’s  compelling answer, Benjamin Barber, author of new book, If Mayors Ruled the World, said crystalizing the issue at the New York CityLab conference.  

Barber argued “cities are where we’re born, live our lives, die; they’re our true homes.” They’re citadels of capitalism but also, with their informal economies, poor migrants’ best hope. Their politics isn’t partisan, deadlocked.  Polls show mayors far more trusted than national governments. 

Cities are responsible for close to 80 percent of carbon emission: they’re the obvious level to address  the climate crisis nation states cannot, tapping the networks of C40, ICLEI, UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments), considering what Barber calls “audioments” (parliaments of mayors) to forge solutions. 

Barber’s earlier TED talk

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