Invitation: Metro Diplomacy – Cities as Transatlantic Changemakers

On November 3, both presidential as well as General Election took place in the United States. How can their outcomes affect the global role of cities? Join us for a conversation about a new era of multilateralism from the bottom-up with Almut Möller, State Secretary of Hamburg and Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina.

For the past four years, transatlantic relations have found an emerging voice in cities. To facilitate the debate on the role of cities within this context, New Urban Progress is launching a paper that details overarching challenges as well as opportunities for urban environments in Germany and the United States. We look at how local governments are tackling common challenges: inclusive innovation and growth, climate change, immigration, racial disparities.

Creative metro leaders and partnerships have turned metros into laboratories of public innovation and responsive government. We want to encourage them to reach beyond national borders to compare notes with their peers in other countries. A new metro diplomacy would draw upon the deep traditions of German and U.S. federalism to engage city leaders in dialogues aimed at regenerating democracy from the ground up.

Join us for a panel discussion on Monday, 16 November 2020,
at 14.00 – 15.30 CET / 8.00 – 9.30 AM EDT
with
Almut Möller, State Secretary and Representative of the Free Hanseatic City of Hamburg to the Federal Government, the EU and for Foreign Affairs
and
Stephen K. Benjamin, Mayor of Columbia, South Carolina, Vice-President of the Global Parliament of Mayors & former President of the United States Conference of Mayors.

 

Registration closes on Friday, Nov. 13. 2020. For late registrations, please contact us at nup@progressives-zentrum.org

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Fellow Focus: Victoria and Andrea

Our Fellow Focus this week features Victoria Boeck from the Technologiestiftung Berlin and Andrea Jonas from the German Federal Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs, and Spatial Development. Watch the video below to hear about the role they think cities can play in facing global challenges and implementing innovative ideas. 

Each Monday until the end of the year, we will be showcasing two of our fellows from the United States and Germany with a short video. Find last week’s Fellow Focus about Friedrich Paulsen and Grace Levin hereTo catch the other videos and learn about our fellows, follow this space here, or @AHG_Berlin@DPZ_Berlin and @ppi on Twitter.

New Urban Progress is the joint metro initiative of Das Progressive ZentrumAlfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Progressive Policy Institute.

The project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

 

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Fellow Focus: Grace and Friedrich

This week’s Fellow Focus introduces Grace Levin from the US and Friedrich Paulsen from Germany. Grace works as a community organizer in the city of Austin, Texas and Friedrich is the political representative for the German Saving Banks Association in Berlin. Hear why they think cities are important for transatlantic relationships and why that gives them hope. 

Each Monday until the end of the year, we will be showcasing two of our fellows from the United States and Germany with a short video. Find last week’s Fellow Focus about Francesca Weber-Newth and Richard Lawrence Jr. hereTo catch the other videos and learn about our fellows, follow this space here, or @AHG_Berlin@DPZ_Berlin and @ppi on Twitter.

New Urban Progress is the joint metro initiative of Das Progressive ZentrumAlfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Progressive Policy Institute.

The project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

 

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Fellow Focus: Francesca and Richard

The twenty New Urban Progress Fellows work on both sides of the Atlantic on a wide variety issues, from housing to the influence of climate change on cities. 

This week’s ‘Fellow Focus’ is on Francesca Weber-Newth from the Tempelhof Projekt in Berlin and Richard Lawrence Jr., Principal Planner for the City of Alexandria, Virginia. In the video below, they introduce themselves and explain why they are passionate about cities and their role in transatlantic relations. 

Each Monday until the end of the year, we will be showcasing two of our fellows from the United States and Germany with a short video. Follow this space here or @AHG_Berlin, @DPZ_Berlin and @ppi on Twitter to catch all ten videos and learn about our fellows. 

New Urban Progress is the joint metro initiative of Das Progressive ZentrumAlfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft and the Progressive Policy Institute.

The project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

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