BEGIN:VCALENDAR VERSION:2.0 PRODID:-//Date iCal v2.14-dev//NONSGML iCalcreator 2.18// METHOD:PUBLISH BEGIN:VTIMEZONE TZID:America/New_York BEGIN:STANDARD DTSTART:20141102T030000 TZOFFSETFROM:-0400 TZOFFSETTO:-0500 TZNAME:EST END:STANDARD BEGIN:DAYLIGHT DTSTART:20150308T030000 TZOFFSETFROM:-0500 TZOFFSETTO:-0400 TZNAME:EDT END:DAYLIGHT END:VTIMEZONE BEGIN:VEVENT DTSTAMP:20160703T062011Z CREATED:20131022T213630Z DESCRIPTION:Note: Any updates to this event, such as changes to the date o r location, will NOT be reflected in this calendar appointment. For the most current event information for the 2014 Congress of the Humanities an d Social Sciences, please visit\n\nSeries: Big Thinking\n\nAssociation: Federation for the Humanities and Social Sci ences\n\nAccess Level: General public\n\nDescription: In the face of the m ost perilous challenges of our time-climate change, terrorism, poverty\ , and trafficking of drugs, guns, and people-the nations of the world s eem paralyzed. The problems are too big, too interdependent, too divisi ve for the nation-state. Is the state, once democracy’s best hope, toda y democratically dysfunctional? Obsolete? The answer is yes. Although sta tes are obviously not going away, and cities operated under the jurisdic tion of sovereign nations, cities and the mayors who run them can do, a nd are doing, a better job. Cities share unique qualities across the worl d: pragmatism, civic trust, participation, indifference to borders and sovereignty, and a democratic penchant for networking, creativity, in novation, and cooperation.  City mayors, singly and jointly, are respo nding to transnational problems more effectively than nation-states mired in ideological infighting and sovereign rivalries. When we change the su bject from Presidents and Prime Ministers to Mayors, from dysfunctional nation states to rising cities, we are offered a compelling new vision o f governance for the coming century. In this vision, cities cooperating i n global associations like United Cities and Local Governments and the C- 40 Cities for Sustainability and CityNet are already achieving notable pr ogress in addressing issues of immigration, climate change, global mark ets and terrorism. As local communities defined by neighbors, and a glob al association of cosmopolitanism, cities are truly 'glocal' -- local co mmunities capable of global governance. As venues of efficient and pragmat ic government and as partners in global association of cooperation, citi es have the potential through a 'global parliament of mayors' to offer in terdependent planet bottom up, consensual form of interdependent governa nce. The city is democracy’s best hope in a globalizing world, and great mayors are already proving that this is so. Benjamin R. Barber is a Senio r Research Scholar at The Graduate Center, CUNY, Founder of the Interde pendence Movement, and Walt Whitman Professor Emeritus at Rutgers Univer sity. Dr. Barber is the author of 17 books, including the classic Strong Democracy, the international best-seller Jihad vs. McWorld and the new book If Mayors Ruled the World. Dr. Barber appears frequently in broadcas t media and domestic and international news publications, and he consult s regularly with political and civic leaders in the U.S. (President Bill Clinton, Governor Howard Dean) and around the world. He writes and speak s on a wide variety of questions connected to democracy and citizenship, including the arts, education, globalization, terrorism, and the new politics of the Middle East and North Africa. See here for additional inf ormation about Benjamin Barber, compiled by Brock University Library. Br eakfast is served. In English. Simultaneous interpretation available via c ell phone. The video of the Big Thinking lecture is now available below:\n \n  Big Thinking supporting sponsors:\n\n\n\n Big Thinking The Big Thinking lecture series is held throughout Congress and is open to all attendees and members of the public. This series brings together leading scholars a nd public figures who can present forward-thinking research, ideas and s olutions to the critical questions and issues of our time. The 2014 Big T hinking lecture series is organized by the Federation for the Humanities a nd Social Sciences and Brock University. See the complete list of Big Thi nking lectures... DTSTART;TZID=America/New_York:20140529T074500 DTEND;TZID=America/New_York:20140529T085500 LAST-MODIFIED:20140529T200517Z LOCATION:Welch Hall - David S. Howes Theatre SUMMARY:If Mayors ruled the world: Is the city democracy’s best hope? (Benj amin Barber) URL;TYPE=URI: ty-democracys-best-hope-benjamin-barber END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR