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Monday, December 03, 2012

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In this issue:
Good Ideas from Successful Cities: UK Edition
Sara Llewellin: Old Cities, New Cities
Bookshelves and Bollywood: Delivering on Diversity
CARE Anniversary Celebrations Launches UK Snapshot
Competition THRIVE: Making the City Stronger
DiverseCity Counts Rates Supplier Diversity
Video: Looking for New Ideas
Good Ideas in the News

UK snapshot cover Good Ideas from Successful Cities: UK Edition

The latest snapshot of city leadership and innovation in our municipal good practice series is ready! Find stories from the UK from cities large and small - London, Birmingham, Wolverhampton, Hatfield, and Blackburn with Darwen Borough. Whether promoting maternal health or attracting new business opportunities, local governments are addressing important community concerns.

>> View the complete list of reports on our publications page


Sara Llewellin: Old Cities, New Cities

The Chief Executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust describes the UK as "a country built on migration...The rich cultural diversity created by this is visible in so many of the country's cities."

>> Read the opinion


photo: bollywood dance class Bookshelves and Bollywood: Delivering on Diversity

Auckland Libraries works hard to keep pace with the diversity of the people it serves: 40% of the city's population is born outside of New Zealand, and over half of these newcomers arrived in the past decade.

One strategy for attracting new immigrants is the Auckland Libraries' annual community programming for Diwali, the Hindu Festival of Lights which includes city-wide activities such as themed storytelling and exhibits, Bollywood dance performances, Diwali ukulele.

>> Read the Good Idea


CARE award receipients CARE Anniversary Celebrations Launches UK Snapshot

Cities of Migration helped celebrate the Charlton Athletic Racial Equality's (CARE) 20th anniversary by joining senior figures from the world of soccer in early November. Rob Berkeley, Chief Executive of the Runnymede Trust, described what makes the Borough of Greenwich's (London) CARE stand out:

"What is especially heartening about CARE’s work and approach is that it leads to real change. It is not merely about producing strategy documents, but about real partnership between the football club and the local authority to take action that young people from across the communities that surround Charlton Athletic’s ground recognize and value.”

>> Read the full article


THRIVE Competition THRIVE: Making the City Stronger

How can New York City get serious about addressing the challenges faced by immigrant entrepreneurs? By creating a business competition with a $100,000 first prize!

Competition THRIVE is different because it invites established non-profit organizations to develop proposals for scalable programs that promote growth opportunities for the city’s immigrant businesses.

>> Read the Good Idea


report cover DiverseCity Counts Rates Supplier Diversity

Improving the diversity of suppliers is a growing area of interest. The City of Copenhagen and the recent London Olympics both developed diversity charters to guide procurement. In Toronto, the latest DiverseCity Counts report, Supplier Diversity in the GTA: Business Case and Best Practices, shows that while most organizations have employee diversity policies, significantly fewer have supplier diversity programs. Not having such a program in place is a missed opportunity.

"This ground-breaking research represents the third pillar of the diversity conversation. Many of us have embraced the value of employee and leadership diversity. But diversity in procurement remains a lever we have yet to exploit." Ratna Omidvar, Maytree President and Co-Chair, DiverseCity: The Greater Toronto Leadership Project.

>> Read the full article


Video: Looking for New Ideas

Michaela Hertel, Director of Fundación Bertelsmann (Barcelona), talks about the importance of looking for new ideas to improve leadership diversity in Spain.

"Spain is in a deep economic crisis...we have so many talents from newcomers coming in and we're not making a good use of it. There's a big potential for new innovation, creativity and new ideas."

>> Watch the Interview


Good Ideas in the News

Five principles of integration: policies and inclusion. A COMPAS blogpost describes integration as "a dynamic, multi-actor process of mutual engagement that facilitates effective participation by all members of a diverse society in the economic, political, social and cultural life, and fosters a shared and inclusive sense of belonging at national and local levels." More 

December 18 is International Migrants Day. UN Member States and intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations are invited to observe International Migrants Day through the dissemination of information on the human rights and fundamental freedoms of migrants. More

The Costs and Benefits of the London Living Wage. A new research report by Queen Mary University of London and Trust for London. More

Belgium: A Country of Permanent Immigration. Migration Policy Institute profiles Belgium's last three decades of immigration and settlement. More

Journeys of Belonging. An original multimedia project that takes an in-depth look at the personal narratives of women and men of diverse age, faith and cultural backgrounds. It has been jointly developed by the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, the British Council, the University of Missouri School of Journalism and the Reynolds Institute. More

Cities of Tomorrow, Action Today. URBACT's Annual Conference 2012 in Copenhagen, Denmark, December 3-4, 2012, presents URBACT project results and lessons, and invites cities to weigh in on key issues. More


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Good Ideas from Successful Cities

A selection of 39 city-led policies and practices that are accelerating the settlement and integration of newcomers and helping build resilient, welcoming communities.

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