Today I treated myself. I splashed out on the Wednesday edition of the Financial Times (someone, somewhere said something about learning more from clear headed enemies than muddle headed friends) and they had an interesting feature on the power of cities (more people live in cities than in the countryside for the first time in human history, 2% of land space but consume 78% of its energy).
An opinion piece by Ivo Daadler outlined the power of cities (shaping the world economy through ideas and culture), but not all cities, just what he calls Global Cities. Basically, he asserts that not all cities are equal. Global cities - Shanghai, Tokyo, Sao Paulo, New York, London etc etc - are working together to address issues in a way that nation states cannot. Global Cities are ‘non state actors’ and are becoming increasingly powerful. This new power is in part being expressed through new ‘Hanseatic Leagues’ such as ‘C40’, a group of 75 ‘major cities’.
Those of us who live outside of the ‘major cities’ who do not want to be consigned to the dustbin of history by the big 75, should dispel the myth propagated by such articles that we live in cultural and ideological deserts.