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How Can We Build Cities That are Sustainable, Inclusive and Truly Just?


How do we ensure that our growing metropolitan centers are shaped by equity, opportunity and a commitment to shared prosperity? How do we create just cities, where inclusion becomes a defining feature of a new era of urbanization?

As part of our efforts to answer these questions, the foundation is proud to partner with TED as it hosts TEDCity2.0 at the TimesCenter on September 20. At this day-long event, leading urbanists, designers and artists—including photographer Iwan Baan, civic technologist Catherine Bracy, U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Shaun Donovan, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed and New York City Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan—will discuss the future of the world’s cities.

The event is invite-only, but you can participate by tuning into the live stream (beginning at 9 a.m. EST on September 20) and taking part in a public dialogue, on the TED Conversations platform, about building socially just cities. Led by George McCarthy, Ford’s director of Metropolitan Opportunity, we’re asking the world this question: How can we build cities that are sustainable, inclusive and truly just?

We want to hear from those of you who champion a more inclusive vision of your cities, and learn more about the metropolitan areas that are embracing fairness and a commitment to shared prosperity. Together with our partners at TED, we’ll be reading every response carefully, looking for innovations and ideas in social justice that are easily replicable in urban areas.

If we can embrace density, diversity and smart policies and planning, we can turn rapid urban development into a powerful vehicle for social change. Join us.

Watch a video from the foundation’s Just City conference, which explored how to create cities defined by fairness, opportunity and equity.

The Ford Foundation is an independent, nonprofit grant-making organization. For more than 75 years it has worked with courageous people on the frontlines of social change worldwide, guided by its mission to strengthen democratic values, reduce poverty and injustice, promote international cooperation, and advance human achievement. With headquarters in New York, the foundation has offices in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East, and Asia.


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