New Series: Corona Crisis — Lessons for the Future of Cities

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I’m excited to pull back the curtain on a brand new project that I’m doing with Körber Stiftung, specifically with their democracy program.

We’ve started producing a series of video conversations called Corona Crisis — Lessons for the Future of Cities which is about… you guessed it: How different cities respond to the coronavirus crisis.

We’ll talk to local leaders about their specific, local challenges, opportunities and strategies: While some strategies are universal, like washing hands and keeping a safe distance, others are more tailored to the local context. And those strategies are what we want to learn about, so others can learn from them, too.

And while overall we’re pretty broad with our interest in this, there are two focus areas that we’ll be emphasizing: The use of digital tools (and the trade-offs that inform the decisions around them) as well as how engagement with civil society works.

While every city and administration has to find their own way, I’m convinced there are lessons to be learned from others. Over time, a picture should emerge: Patterns of approaches that seem more promising than others, best practices, and maybe some surprising insights.

I expect we’ll start sharing the videos within a week or two. When we do, I’ll update this post to include links.

I hope you’ll enjoy the show. Let me know what you think!