Monthly Archive - June 2014

Mayors on What Makes Cities More Inclusive

2014-06-26

City leaders from Hamburg, Helsinki and Detroit on Re-imagining the City: mayoral voice can be a particularly powerful tool to ease the path to inclusion for newcomers.

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Mekonnen Mesghena: An Agenda for Shared Prosperity

2014-06-26

Migrants don’t just go to Germany, Denmark or Great Britain but quite specifically to Berlin, Copenhagen and London, said Mesghena of the Heinrich Böll Foundation, our co-host at the 2014 Cities of Migration Conference in Berlin. Cities have always been laboratories of social innovation and pioneering places of change for precisely the reasons of social and cultural diversity that makes them stand out. The success of many large cities is largely to do with the fact that the hopes and dreams of those people who have decided to settle in them can come true.

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Edward L. Glaeser: Triumph of the City

2014-06-26

Despite the bad rap cities get for being dirty, poor, unhealthy, crime ridden, expensive and environmentally unfriendly, a Harvard specialist on the economics of cities is keen to prove that they are actually the healthiest, greenest, and richest (in cultural and economic terms) places to live. According to Edward Glaeser, the city is humanity’s “greatest invention and our best hope for the future.”

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Outsmarting our Brains to Overcome Hidden Biases

2014-06-26

Diversity has emerged as a business-critical factor in the ability to innovate, attract clients and partners, and retain and cultivate the best talent amid changing demographics, unpredictable business climate or political regimes, says Dr. Mahzarin Banaji, Harvard University professor of social ethics.

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Berlin to Brazil: Diversity Scores in Football

2014-06-26

As national teams representing the best in football vie for supremacy in Brazil, President Dilma Rousseff described the World Cup as the cup for peace and against racism among other things. Can football fight racism? At the 2nd International Cities of Migration conference held in Berlin this month, two prolific thinkers weighed in on the motion: Be it resolved professional football is powerless to end racism.

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World Clock, Berlin.

Welcome to Berlin

2014-06-02

We look forward to seeing you in Berlin for the 2nd international Cities of Migration Conference between June 4 and 6, 2014. And if you are not able to be at the conference, we will be live-streaming some select sessions.

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Hamilton – The Latest Sanctuary City

2014-06-02

Councillor Sam Merulla and Maria Antelo, a community development worker, tell here what prompted Hamilton to re-affirm its commitment to ensuring access to services without fear to immigrants without full status or full documents.

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Coffee and Bradenburg Gate

Conference Café: Beyond Welcoming

2014-06-02

Embracing diversity and creating inclusive communities is the way forward from being merely a welcoming place for immigrants. Expect to hear new ideas and strategies for moving beyond welcoming at our Cities of Migration conference and on why harnessing diversity adds to the strengths of organizations.

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Introducing Newcomers to Indigenous People

2014-06-02

Henry Yu, University of British Columbia and Co-Chair of the Vancouver Dialogues Project, shares ideas on welcoming communities and newcomer settlement. with Judi Altinkaya, Newcomers Marae Welcomes project at the Wellington Regional Settlement Strategy, New Zealand.

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Is Diversity a Threat to Freedom?

2014-06-02

Edward Mortimer in this Open Society Foundations article says diversity is both a condition and a result of freedom. Without it, there would be no alternatives for people to choose freely between; and since in practice people make different choices, their freedom produces a diversity of outcomes.

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