New Orleans: Prophetic City

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Presentation by Mary W. Rowe of the New Orleans Institute to the Chief of Staff Retreat convened by the Mercatus Center, Philadelphia, February 21, 2009

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  • 1. New Orleans: A Prophetic City of Resilience and Innovation Mercatus Center Chief of Staff Retreat February 2009

2. 3. Cities have become the dominant global human habitat of this century in terms of geography, experience, constituency, and influence Morgan Grove Cities: Managing Densely Settled Social-Ecological Systems, 2008 4. OLD WORLD/ NEW WORLD THIS THAT THAT THAT this affects this 5. Systems/Capital in a City Financial Social Bonding Bridging Spiritual Natural Cultural 6. 7. 8. 9. How apropheticcity?

  • Disconnected from the local
  • Public policies/investments driven by distant priorities/decision-makers
  • Degraded natural assets
  • Disrupted neighborhoods
  • Structurally supported divisions by race, ethnicity, and class
  • Export economy extractiveandexploitive: oil/gas, fisheries, tourism and gambling)

10. 11. 12. 13. Perverse Opportunity

  • Self organization emerges
  • Communities form hubs
  • And need links
  • And together these create connective tissue
  • No master plan, no simple answers, no outside experts with a magic bullet

14. 15. 16. 17. 18. 19. 20. 21. 22. 23. 24. 25. 26. 27. 28. 29. A problem in a city 30. is work that still needs doing 31. Enabling conditions

  • Identify locals who pay attention to real, particular things
  • Hubs and links: connective tissue that supports reciprocal transactions
  • One size NEVER fits all: devolution encourages differentiation
  • Subsidiarity brings clearer accountability

32. 33. 34. Examples of Connective Tissue

  • www.squanderedheritage.com
  • www.lakewoodbeacon.org
  • http://www.npnnola.com/
  • www.staylocal.org
  • www. ideavillage .org
  • http://www.helpholycross.org/
  • http://www.9thwardnena.org/home/

35. Entrepreneurship and Innovation

  • Fostering self-organization
  • On-the-ground listening
  • hubs
  • Identification of responsive capacity
  • Patient, dis-aggregated capital
  • Organizational development support to form links that support transactions

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