Conclusions

by Conference Chair Greg Clark

Very high level conclusions of what we have heard at the conference are:

  1. Diversity and openness is part of the long term success of cities. Can be part of the DNI of cities. We also know there are advantages and leads to some type of adaptability

  2. Local factors are important as well as national factors

  3. We are in key moment now. This conference is not happening now by accident, at the right time because of the globalisation, urbanisation & population movements currently and moment means internationalisation is key in city success

  4. Cities are inventing a new area of activity, POPULATIONS STRATEGIES, this is a new dimension of what they do, population strategies.

  5. There are different types of cities. They want populations that help them deliver different type of things, different histories, infrastructures. Let's not think openness looks the same in every city.

  6. Cities have different powers of competence (some things they influence directly, others they influence). This is why lobbying and advocacy is so important

  7. Cities are obviously more open to some populations than others. We need to be clear that the objective of this project is that cities should be open to the population they need to have but also to those arriving. There are two questions here, one of management and one of responsibility.

  8. The importance of local action. Reform and renewal of local action. Creative bureaucracy, local organising. Taking action and in renewing and reforming locally at same time.

  9. Great potential for cities to learn from each other and exchange best practice.

  10. Very important to create and foster leadership and consent and intent in order to influence this white system, regulations of national, EU and media.

  11. Global responsibility must be part of this project. Over those loosing population, diaspora, remittances, etc. This is dynamic and can change.

  12. Science of openness (referencing, data, evidence, benchmarking) and also the art of openness (cultural realm, dynamic leadership, self-confidence as the underline characteristic and other important characteristics).

  13. We have begun A EU project WITH THE SUPPORT OF THE BC. There is great interest to make this project international/global and set an agenda that can help all cities understand the importance of openness in the globalised world.

None possible without the British Council leading, initiating, sponsoring, being the catalyst to the cities, bringing them together and ensuring they wish to take the leadership.

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