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From Interesting Cities to Flaws of Urban Policy

By: Jaime Neely - Nov 16, 2014
This collection of speeches discusses urban development. More and more focus is being dedicated to grassroots innovation and development as economists and politicians recognize the value in going local.

The speakers featured here are extremely varied, offering a wide range of interesting perspectives and insights. One of the most notable speeches comes from Ginni Rometty, the CEO of IMB, who focuses on the ways Rio can become a world class urban center. She believes that "co-petition" -- collaborative competition with other developing cities -- will be the secret to the city's success.

Alessandra Orofino's speech is an inspiring call to action for citizens in smaller cities and communities to get involved in local politics. Cities will not willingly choose more green space and community centers over more condominiums or business complexes -- it's up to citizens to stand up and speak out for what they want.