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Next Speaker: Providence Symposium at the Power of Place Summit

Benjamin R. Barber

Friday, May 23, 2014 | Rhode Island Convention Center 
Keynote Speaker | 2014 Power of Place Summit

The Providence Preservation Society is happy to present the keynote speaker in partnership with Grow Smart RI.

Benjamin R. Barber is author of the recently-released If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities. With this book, Barber asserts that cities, and the mayors that run them, offer the best new forces of good governance.
Benjamin R. Barber is a Senior Research Scholar at The Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society of The Graduate Center, The City University of New York; the President and Founder of the Interdependence Movement; and Walt Whitman Professor of Political Science Emeritus, Rutgers University. An internationally renowned political theorist, Dr. Barber brings an abiding concern for democracy and citizenship to issues of politics, globalization, culture and education in America and abroad. He consults regularly with political and civic leaders in the U.S. (President Clinton, Howard Dean) and around the world (Germany, U.K., Libya, Italy).


Barber blogs regularly for The Huffington Post and writes for The NationHarper's MagazineThe New York TimesThe Washington PostThe Atlantic MonthlyThe American ProspectLe Nouvel ObservateurDie ZeitLa RepubblicaEl País and The Guardian. He was a founding editor and for ten years editor-in-chief of the distinguished international quarterly Political Theory. He holds a certificate from the London School of Economics and an M.A. and Doctorate from Harvard University.

With our strategic partners, we are bringing national experts to Providence throughout the year to talk about creating healthy and successful urban environments. We are happy to partner with Grow Smart RI on presenting Benjamin Barber as our next speaker in the Symposium series. Grow Smart RI logo

To learn more about the entire schedule of Grow Smart's Power of Place Summit, and to buy tickets, click here!





Downtown Providence is at a crossroads. The last 40 years has brought significant investment into this rich historic city: major infrastructure projects have literally shifted the city’s built environment along with restoration and revitalization of its buildings, and new construction has created energy and engagement in the downtown core.

The city has been bold—in moving train tracks, rivers and highways, rejuvenating historic properties and promoting new construction. Yet
challenges and questions remain in navigating the dynamic terrain on the way to becoming the next great American city.

Not Always Easy: Building the New Urban Experience will tackle these questions and stimulate an important dialogue to move our city forward. By looking at government’s role
in development, the importance of open space to economic development, and the necessity of a vibrant and diverse transit system to the health of a city, PPS will spark substantive and engaging conversations in this yearlong series.

Be part of the conversation. Join us.

 PPS Would like to thank our Event Sponsors: 

Presenting Partner: 


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