Category Archives: Sustainable Cities

Mind the gap: Can the cooperative movement deliver sustainable cities?

Tweet My belief that Bilbao is a stronghold of sustainable city developments is growing immeasurably. Why? Because after visiting for a week of creative dialogue between 800 participants from 200 cities, I found myself inspired by the city’s culture of … Continue reading

Failure to reach UN climate change agreement could be “very dangerous,” warn influential city mayors

Tweet Twenty city mayors from five Nordic countries have joined forces in urging world governments to reach meaningful agreements at the forthcoming UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. In an op-ed published in the magazine Cities Today, the influential group … Continue reading

Can city mayors lead the way on sustainable development?

Tweet On a recent trip to San Francisco and Austin, Texas, I found myself accompanied by two potential agents of change – Benjamin Barber book If Mayors Ruled the World and a newly appointed Swedish city mayor, Niklas Nordström. The former … Continue reading


Tweet Issues of energy efficiency and sustainable energy production may have featured less prominently in the recent unrest, but they may present the greatest long-term opportunity for Kiev to seize control of its own fortunes. European investment can also play … Continue reading

From Bangladesh via New York and Wall Street to Stockholm

Tweet On a Sunday afternoon at the restaurant Vapiano in the Old Town of Stockholm , I met 33 years old Patrick Botlero.  He was born in Dhaka in Bangladesh, grew up in Queens, New York, worked in Wall Street … Continue reading

Pollution in the air – Beijing smog

Tweet With Beijing’s pollution hitting the front pages once again I spoke with British journalist and senior editor of That’s Beijing magazine, Oscar Holland, about the smog and what the government is doing to counter it. Just how bad has … Continue reading

Climate strategy is a welfare issue

Tweet Europe is facing a shift political agendas. This transition will place greater focus on welfare, in both the short- and long-term, and in both policy and action. The organizations and individuals involved in social dialogue feel that the political … Continue reading

Prevent, recycle and reuse

Tweet As urban consumers our use of resources leaves a huge footprint on the planet. In Europe alone, 8 billion plastic bags find their way through to waste disposal systems, creating unnecessary environmental problems. The OECD expects that its member … Continue reading

Urban Dilemmas

Tweet The Stockholm riots have come as a shock to many commentators. Riots, they say, happen in grossly unequal, racially divided cities like London or Los Angeles, not in the supposed social utopia of Stockholm. But tensions have been mounting … Continue reading

Almedalen 2013 – A slumbering welfare model “at risk”

Tweet We are now approaching the time for Sweden’s biggest political event – The Almedalen Political Week (June 30-July 7). An event on the island of Gotland in the Baltic sea which now brings together 20,000 participants from all Swedish … Continue reading