Hope Global Forums Annual Meeting – April 10-12
HOPE Global Forums are an initiative of Operation HOPE, the nation’s first nonprofit, financial services network for underserved communities. The Annual meeting is an event that aims to gather leaders in the world on behalf of empowering poor and underserved communities.
Dr. Nijman was a panelist on “Next Generation Cities: Transforming the Urban Ecosystem” along with Claire Collobert Angelle, David R. McGhee, Egbert Perry, and Maria Saporta.
Synopsis: A hundred years ago, city dwellers were a minority in the global population. In just a few decades, the balance will have shifted to the point where nearly 3/4 of the world’s population will reside in cities. Some 600 cities worldwide form the nucleus of our interconnected global economy.
Today’s cities are sprawling, dense, diverse places that due to necessity or imagination are reinventing themselves in new and exciting ways. What will these cities look like? How can technology be applied to renew infrastructure and increase economic opportunity? How do cities ensure economic growth is inclusive growth? What role does government have in advancing sustainable, liveable urban communities?