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Every city should find its entry point to sharing - closing remarks for our cities panel #osfest15
We are living through the most rapid and significant phase of urbanization in human history. By 2030, more than 60% of the world’s population - 5 billion people - will live in cities. To understand and act upon this mega trend, the New Cities Foundation hosts the New Cities Summit, the leading global platform for urban innovation and exchange. Each year, the Summit gathers 1,000 of the world’s brightest thinkers and decision-makers for action-oriented debate, information sharing and problem solving. São Paulo is the vibrant location of this year’s event. Our theme this year: The Human City, placing the individual and the community at the heart of discussions on our urban future. How will this urban planet alter the human experience? For ‘We the Urban People’, what specific issues can we grapple with today to ensure that tomorrow's metropolis is a positive place to live and work?
How can a city’s physical and virtual form be changed to make it more inclusive, sustainable, efficient and resilient? How can architecture and design shape the human city? How can public and private sector leaders come together with citizens to improve their built environment and networks that are the connective tissue of the city?
Above all, cities are places of human interaction. In today’s hyper-connected metropoles, how can citizen engagement shape the future of a neighborhood and what is the role of crowdsourcing in managing the metropolis? How does public participation affect business, politics and social well-being?
This panel will examine the city as a playground, a source of creativity and inspiration. What is the role of entertainment, arts and culture in shaping a city’s soul and identity? How can cultural interventions enhance the human city and boost its economy?
What role do inequality and inclusiveness play in how well a city does in social, economic and environmental terms? Is the human city necessarily inclusive? How can the city’s diversity become an asset? How can municipal services like healthcare or education be made more inclusive? Is there a boundary separating the formal and the informal city?