Interesting idea, right? At TEDxGlobal 2013, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggested that if mayors can do so well solving problems at home, why not give them the world! His talk is called Why Mayors Should Rule the World.
At our December 17, 2013, Salon: Encore!, Greenville’s longest running mayor, Knox White, did an encore of his talk given earlier in the year at our main event, ByDesign. His talk describes the process of discovering a city’s personality. Want the inside scoop on how we now have such a beautiful and pedestrian-friendly downtown? Knox White shares his method and stories of how this happened for Greenville, South Carolina.
Barber believes that we should focus on how cities manage problems and transfer that knowledge to national and international problem-solving. In other words, perhaps Greenville’s own Knox White could offer a few tips to president Obama. Barber has served as an adviser to president Bill Clinton and many other political leaders, so perhaps he knows what he’s talking about? Watch his talk and then watch Discovering Your City’s Personality to make up your own mind.