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


<ul><li> 1. New Orleans: A Prophetic City of Resilience and Innovation Mercatus Center Chief of Staff Retreat February 2009</li></ul> <p> 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? </p> <ul><li>Disconnected from the local </li></ul> <ul><li>Public policies/investments driven by distant priorities/decision-makers </li></ul> <ul><li>Degraded natural assets </li></ul> <ul><li>Disrupted neighborhoods </li></ul> <ul><li>Structurally supported divisions by race, ethnicity, and class </li></ul> <ul><li>Export economy extractiveandexploitive: oil/gas, fisheries, tourism and gambling) </li></ul> <p> 10. 11. 12. 13. Perverse Opportunity </p> <ul><li>Self organization emerges </li></ul> <ul><li>Communities form hubs </li></ul> <ul><li>And need links </li></ul> <ul><li>And together these create connective tissue </li></ul> <ul><li>No master plan, no simple answers, no outside experts with a magic bullet </li></ul> <p> 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 </p> <ul><li>Identify locals who pay attention to real, particular things </li></ul> <ul><li>Hubs and links: connective tissue that supports reciprocal transactions </li></ul> <ul><li>One size NEVER fits all: devolution encourages differentiation </li></ul> <ul><li>Subsidiarity brings clearer accountability </li></ul> <p> 32. 33. 34. Examples of Connective Tissue </p> <ul><li> </li></ul> <ul><li> </li></ul> <ul><li> </li></ul> <ul><li> </li></ul> <ul><li>www. ideavillage .org </li></ul> <ul><li> </li></ul> <ul><li> </li></ul> <p> 35. Entrepreneurship and Innovation </p> <ul><li>Fostering self-organization </li></ul> <ul><li>On-the-ground listening </li></ul> <ul><li>hubs </li></ul> <ul><li>Identification of responsive capacity </li></ul> <ul><li>Patient, dis-aggregated capital </li></ul> <ul><li>Organizational development support to form links that support transactions </li></ul>