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How can the world's cities innovate even in the face of bureaucratic and national-level constraints?

Join us for a discussion with experts from USAID, The Urban Age Institute, and the International City/Country Management Association (ICMA) on how  local urban business leaders, civil society, and officials can innovate with or without support from national governments. 

  • Tim Campbell, Chairman of the Board at The Urban Age Institute,
  • Laura Hagg, Senior Business Development and Proposal Manager at International City/County Management Association (ICMA), and
  • Michael Donovan, head of USAID's task force on urban areas

Usually ignored in matters of national and international significance, for decades, cities have been pecking away at many smaller-grain versions of global problems.  Over the last few decades, nations and states have bumped up against real limits in their ability to solve problems in global goods. One unexpected source of new ideas is coming from below, from cities.

Location: CSIS, 1800 K St. NW




Tim Campbell has worked for more than 35 years in urban development with experience in scores of countries and hundreds of cities in Latin America, South and East Asia, Eastern Europe, and Africa. Tim is also the author of "Beyond Smart Cities: How Cities Network, Learn and Innovate". His areas of expertise include strategic urban planning, city development strategies, decentralization, urban policy, and social and poverty impact of urban development.He holds a B.A. in Political Science from U. C. Berkeley (1966), a Masters in City and Regional Planning from U.C. Berkeley (1970), and a Ph.D. in Urban Studies and Planning from M.I.T. (1980).

Michael G. Donovan, Ph.D., is based in USAID’s Office of Policy where he is co-chairing a Task Force that is drafting a new approach to service delivery in urban areas. He became the first urban planner to have been awarded an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) fellowship at USAID since the Agency initiated the program in 1982. Prior to joining USAID, Donovan served as the urban specialist for the Organisation for Co-operation and Development (OECD) where he provided analysis on regional economics and intermunicipal cooperation for the 34-country membership. He co-authored fifteen books at the OECD, including Cities and Climate Change and eight Metropolitan Reviews on Cape Town, Chicago, Chihuahua/Ciudad Juárez, Copenhagen, Guangdong, Johannesburg, Toronto, and Venice. 

Laura Hagg has worked fro ICMA since 2010. ICMA is the professional and educational association for appointed local government administrators throughout the world. She began her professional career more than 20 years earlier as a management intern for the city of Westminster, Colorado. There, she learned firsthand about budgeting, code enforcement, emergency management, and other critical municipal services. Since then she has worked in a number of communications and policy capacities on energy, emergency management, and air quality issues. At ICMA, she is responsible for leading ICMA International’s Knowledge Network efforts as well writing proposals and identifying and tracking new business opportunities.

(Photo from Flickr, by ecstaticist)

April 24th, 2012 6:30 PM   through   8:00 PM

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