• New Urban Progress

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What is New Urban Progress?

Rejuvenating transatlantic dialogue: Das Progressive Zentrum and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft as well as the Progressive Policy Institute in the United States are launching the project “New Urban Progress: Metro Innovation and Democratic Renewal – A Transatlantic Dialogue”. The project compares metropolitan regions that have emerged as hubs of public innovation and collaborative problem-solving, and uses the results as frameworks to build inclusive, innovative, digital, and diverse cities. This work is dialogue-based: we engage young Germans and Americans in a conversation on contemporary social, cultural and economic phenomena present in all post-industrial multicultural societies.

Why New Urban Progress?

The task at hand could not be any more urgent. Both the United States and Europe are confronting a rising tide of illiberal movements and populism that call for a bold, creative and collaborative response. We believe that cities are rising actors in global policy-making and that they can also serve as great vehicles for relaunching transatlantic dialogue.

How does New Urban Progress function?

Two countries, two road trips, four conferences, ten cities, and 20 project fellows: New Urban Progress will use various events and work-processes with the aim of intensifying transatlantic relations and collaboratively developing policies that will positively impact cities on both sides of the Atlantic.

The project was launched in spring 2020 with two Kick-Off conferences in the USA and Germany discussing inclusive growth, networked policy-making and social mobility in the light of future transformations such as climate change and digitization. In November 2020 the project partners haved published a working paper on common urban challenges and opportunities and facilitated a transatlantic debate on the role of cities in a panel on multilateralism from the bottom up. 

Further information on the program will be available on this website or here.

The project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).