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Challenges and Synergies in Reliance on Freedom of Assembly: Comparative Perspectives

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Type: Conference Paper
Author: Spitzmiller, Rebecca
Conference: The City as a Commons: Reconceiving Urban Space, Common Goods and City Governance, 1st Thematic IASC Conference on Urban Commons
Location: Bologna, Italy
Conf. Date: November 6-7
Date: 2015
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10535/9971
Sector: Urban Commons
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Subject(s): problem solving
resilience
Abstract: "In an era of growing threats to peace, security and prosperity that jeopardize stability around the globe, especially in large metropolitan areas, innovators worldwide are struggling to cobble together new solutions. Politically, economically and socially, ours are turbulent and divisive times. Pressures as diverse as terrorism, petty lawlessness, violent crime, unemployment, poverty and scarce governmental funds team up to menace our cities. This onslaught of challenges has led to increasing resignation and despair in many facets of society, which in turn result in a general neglect of our urban centers, further compromising their safety and upkeep. To tackle such a broad range of complex issues, we must invent effective new approaches and paradigms aimed at combatting and counteracting their intricate and intertwined mechanisms. We must increase our cities’ resilience while leveraging their resources, especially human capital. The current crises facing modern cities call for nothing less than collaborative, intense and efficient problem-solving innovation."

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