In the face of the most perilous challenges of our time—climate change, terrorism, poverty, and trafficking of drugs, guns, and people—the nations of the world seem paralyzed. The problems are too big, entrenched, and divisive for the nation state. Is the nation state, once democracy’s best hope, today dysfunctional and obsolete?
The answer, said Benjamin R. Barber in If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities, is yes.
Barber asserted that cities, and the mayors that run them, offer the best new forces of good governance. Why cities? Cities already occupy the commanding heights of the global economy. They are home to more than half of the world’s population, a proportion which will continue to grow. They are the primary incubator of the cultural, social, and political innovations which shape our planet. And most importantly, they are unburdened with the issues of borders and sovereignty which hobble the capacity of nation-states to work with one another.
Eileen Haring Woods worked alongside the Founder, Dr Benjamin Barber as the Executive Director for the Global Parliament of Mayors Project, through June 2017 and is currently a member of the GPM Advisory Committee, steering the development of the GPM. Haring Woods Studio designed the GPM logo.
Global Parliament of Mayors Project Planning Session 19 September 2014. Amsterdam
Produced by Eileen Haring Woods in collaboration with the City of Amsterdam and the G4 mayors
of the Netherlands.
GPM first convening in The Hague, September 2016
GPM second convening in Stavanger, Norway September 2017