Global Local Our Future
Millions of us have given up hope that U.S. Congress will actually address the important issues we face, among them are:
- Eliminate control of our elected federal officials by the .01% wealthiest people
- Secure a living wage for working Americans
- Bring the “banksters” to justice and re-institute oversight and regulation of the banks
- Establish a global system to represent and protect the interests of the people of the world against global corporations and banks
Often it is the local and regional governments which actually work for their citizens’ best interests. They are closer to us and therefore somewhat responsive to us because we actually can talk with them - our mayors, council people, city / township managers and county officials.
Importantly, many cities and regions throughout the world work together to solve common problems. And, they have been doing so for years - without the interference of their national government legislators.
If you are upset with your federal government inaction and believe it is time to do something, then we have an idea for your consideration:
Let’s work together to get things done locally and regionally.
Now is the time for your community to join in and shape Your Grandkids' Future.
Please watch Dr. Benjamin Barber's TED talk, “Why Mayors Should Rule the World” below.
Go here for the PDF transcript of his presentation.
“We’re the level of government closest to the majority of the world’s people. While nations talk, but too often drag their heels—cities act.” — New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
Please also read Dr. Richard Florida's The Atlantic Cities interview of Dr. Barber here: What If Mayors Ruled the World?
Where to GO?
The Aspen Institute provides a wealth of information and direction. Please watch the video below and visit CityLab: Urban Solutions to Global Challenges, which was held Sun Oct 22, 2017 - Tue Oct 24, 2017 Paris, France. Go here for several links to critical information..Finally, please read this: City Resiliency and Climate Change, A Report from the Inter-Policy School Summit 2020.
Video pannel discussion: Engines of Prosperity: Urban Success Stories of Economic Development
Richard Florida, editor-at-large, Atlantic CITIES
Carol Coletta, vice president, Communities and National Initiatives, John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Mayor Karl Dean, City of Nashville
Bruce Katz, vice president and Director, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Bob Steel, deputy mayor for Economic Development, City of New York
Each of us must take an active role or help create a grassroots organization and make our government, our nation, work for all of us. Tell your story; create your strategy; create your organizational structure... We are All Partners in This Life. First, We Agree to Help Each Other.
How? Please watch this Moyers & Company video segment: Making Social Movements Matter.