A packed room for our Side Event on city diplomacy and transnational urban networks. Participants included representatives of the sponsor organizations (Chicago Council on Global Affairs, Center for Urban Engagement at Wheaton College, University College London City Leadership Laboratory) city networks (C40, CityNet, UCLG), and the US Department of State.

On the role and limits of knowledge in urban governance

“I knew the Global Cities Summit would be a different sort of conference when speakers from Makkah (Mecca), London, Toronto, Nairobi, Shanghai, and Barcelona were followed by none other than Michael Jackson. Yes, that Michael Jackson. Between the opening plenary and lunch, the sound system blasted the King of Pop’s "Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’.” Not …

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