We hear a lot that technology is making the world smaller, so cities must compete on a world stage. How can cities make that happen?
This week, the Brookings Institution and the think tank Centre for London published the 58-page international version of the report "The Ten Traits of Globally Fluent Metro Areas." This builds on a US-focused version published in June and is part of the five-year Global Cities Initiative between the Brookings Institution and JP Morgan Chase. The initiative launched in March 2012 to help US cities compete globally.
The latest report lists 10 traits that the authors say will enable cities to succeed in global markets, manage the negative impacts of globalization, and build a strong economic future. The new version, edited by Greg Clark and Tim Moonen, includes more case studies from around the world, and it makes interesting reading for cities with global ambitions.
The report defines global fluency as "the level of global understanding, competence, practice, and reach a metropolitan area exhibits in an increasingly interconnected world economy," and it sets out three steps to get there. First, a city must be aware of what is happening in the world. Second, it must become more global by embracing diversity, global trade, and tourism. Third, it must have a culture where businesses, citizens, and government are all helping the city compete and engage internationally.
"Global fluency is not only an imperative for traditional 'global cities,' but is now essential for all places," the report says. We have prepared a slideshow to show the 10 traits that it says globally fluent cities need. Just click the photo below to begin.
1. Leadership With a Worldview
Cities need leaders who can identify the qualities that will help their city thrive on a global stage, and who can bring together politicians and business leaders behind that goal. One of these is Bill Stafford, who became chief executive of the Trade Development Alliance of Greater Seattle when it was founded in 1991. He did not have international experience, but he did have local relationships and political knowhow and was skilled in uniting regional leaders behind a common goal. This helped him
increase the international awareness of Seattle.
(Source: Nyhus Communications)
— Rich Heap, Community Editor, UBM's Future Cities