The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism

 The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism

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Susan Benton, President and CEO, Urban Libraries Council

Bruce Katz, Centennial Scholar, Brookings Institution

On January 26, ULC hosted a webinar with urban experts Bruce Katz, Centennial Scholar at the Brookings Institution. During the presentation, the author shared details about his new book, New Localism, which provides a roadmap for change in the communities where most people live and work. In the book, Katz reveals where the real power to create change lies and how it can be used to address our most serious social, economic, and environmental challenges. Attendees heard about the power shift in our world: downward from national governments and states to cities and metropolitan communities and horizontally from the public sector to networks of public, private and civic actors.

In order for New Localism to thrive, the public needs to get serious about the new class of city and metropolitan leaders, and establish new institutions in communities that enable leaders to flourish.