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Performing Community: Diversity, Inclusion, and the Performing Arts

Dynamic cities have always produced vibrancy, but it doesn’t just happen. According to author Blair Ruble, it takes a plan built on a vision of community, diversity, and inclusion. And a primary vehicle for such plans is the performing arts. In his latest book, “Performing Community,” Ruble provides insight into the theoretical with real life examples from places like Washington, DC and Detroit, providing lessons for the cities of the future through an exploration of past and present.

Crossover - Urban Water, Urban Transport, Urban Energy: Transforming Municipal Services and Urban Infrastructure

Addressing urban challenges that lay ahead will require accelerating cross-sectoral learning within and between 21st century cities. Given the scale and costs associated with deferred  investment, cities must keep pace, finding more efficient ways to manage infrastructure and processes.

Any understanding of “community” loses texture and vitality as it becomes a term of art spoken too often in policy debates without much thought.

Recently, I have been hearing a lot about supporting “community” as a way to address pressing urban challenges, such as rising crime, entrenched poverty, and substandard education systems.  The concept of “community” – especially those deemed to be “sustainable” and “resilient” – has come to be a currency of the realm in discussions about cities, development, and rebounding from disaster. Any understanding of “community” loses texture and vitality as it becomes a term of art spoken too often in policy debates without much thought. 

Discovering the Power of Community in Unexpected Places

Recently, I have been hearing a lot about supporting “community” as a way to address pressing urban challenges, such as rising crime, entrenched poverty, and substandard education systems.  The concept of “community” – especially those deemed to be “sustainable” and “resilient” – has come to be a currency of the realm in discussions about cities, development, and rebounding from disaster. Any understanding of “community” loses texture and vitality as it becomes a term of art spoken too often in policy debates without much thought. 

Global Trends and Their Implications: Focus on Climate Change

The Wilson Center’s Global Sustainability and Resilience Program and the Henry M. Jackson Foundation convened a panel on the implications of trends that will define the next decade. Urbanization, migration, and climate change are some of the complex realities that are challenging leaders and citizens across the planet. This edition of REWIND recaps the conversation concerning climate change.

5 Reasons America Should Fear the Global Middle Class

In his last State of the Union address, President Obama made a pitch for “middle class economics” to help America’s beleaguered middle class, which continues to face stagnant wages, job displacement and soaring college costs and debt. His stated goal was to provide Americans with the requisite tools to get ahead in a fast-paced, constantly changing global economy. Of course, the United States middle class is not alone. Those in other advanced industrial countries are suffering similar or worse fates.

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