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Debate: Grand Challenges: Your Future. Your City.

Date: Wednesday 7 May 2014
Time: 6 pm - 8.30 pm
Location: Newton Lecture Theatre 4, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, NG1 4BU
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This debate will address the Grand Challenges of modern cities. It will look at how climate change, an aging population, health and wellbeing demand community co-ownership. In today's society, citizens are more aware of the localised problems and communities have a right to determine their needs.

Community engagement in future cities has been notoriously difficult. There is apathy and potential mistrust of politicians. Authorities often fail to communicate in a way that engages or can be challenged. Public attitudes have become increasingly individualistic and many people lack the time to engage.

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This debate will question:

  • Is there hope for public engagement in Future Cities?
  • Who owns the challenge of improving engagement?
  • Are there sufficient resources?
  • Can creative practice play a part? Will it have a lasting impact?

There are many historic examples of how powerful civic action has responded to pressing societal needs, such as the cooperative movement, the allotments movement, etc. Can these be repeated into the future?

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