Sunday, August 2, 2009

Paul Romer: A Theory of History, with an Application

"One miracle of cities is that they sometimes renew themselves brilliantly. This could be a whole new form of that."Stewart Brand

In the talk, Romer suggests that we rethink sovereignty (respect borders, but maybe create new systems of administrative control); rethink citizenship (allowing perhaps for voice without residency as well as residency without voice); and rethink scale (instead of focusing on nations, focus on new cities). If nations are willing to experiment along these lines, they can create new places, places that can give more people access to the kind of rules that they would like to live and work under, and places that can sustain the historical process of entry and innovation in national systems of rules.

Romer has already launched a website, Charter Cities, for further exploration and eventual application of this idea.

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