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01.04.19.

Urban-ness

As with any monster, it is the man-made illusion that complicates its treatment. The urban, that neverending paradise of humanity’s most noble and vilest endeavours is, without a doubt, the ideal space to imagine what humanity can become. Specially nowadays, while us, liberals are under constant attack from ideological positions that undermine humanity’s aspirations of equality and inspiration to change everyone’s life experience. Yet, it is through the urban, the urban ness-monster, that humanity can fight back and claim its true freedom essence.

World over, countries have aspired to guide us towards better lives, yet, in many ways, national governments lack the “down to earth” understanding that cities have. Both political elites, be it government servants, civil society, private sector and academics, as well as everyday life experiences that “city-zens” experience enable a deeper understanding of public policy as well as how to guide it. Political elites closely linked to their cities, that can relate to real, concrete and difficult urban problems, I believe, make better at guiding national and global public policy. Furthermore, everyday “city-zens” connecting and providing clearcut information (big data) as well as relatable city experiences, ground public policy. Therefore, including urban visions in global policies, for any government are key to deliver results and develop global human empathy.

Mechanisms to represent the city perspective, the urban, have created conglomerates from dozens to hundreds of city members. Therefore, raising the question if this has had an effect on how global policy negotiation is brought to fruition nowadays. These city representing organisms have two key foes: the short terms their mayors have and the inhability to thrust into national policy. Yes, there are certain results, but bearing in mind that cities are where most humans live, that potentially are the greatest threat to our ecosystem and that produce the core of value of mankind; the results are poor… perhaps even, depressing. Inasmuch as to say that cities continue, world-over, not to hold pristine, effective and representative mechanisms to be a part of national policy.

The best bet humanity has to overcome the anti-liberal and gain inspiration for a new human paradigm is to solve the urban-ness monster. On one hand, city representation enables for the majority of humans to become a core element of global policy design. While on the other, will surely bring the urban agenda to the core of all global issues to be dealt with. Both hands can join in saving our planet and the potentially horrific destructive force behind climate change and habitat degradation. Therefore, focusing on solving globally how we represent in more effective, diverse and non-discriminatory ways our urban, humanity can look forward to generate a path of joy for our future generations.

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