Rethinking Cities Webinar Series
Biggest ever initiative on cities and urbanisation
Following the nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 crisis, an opportunity was seen to organise a webinar series around rethinking cities as a theme. The underlying assumptions behind the series included: (a) cities as they are and the way they are growing and developing do not look like meeting the challenge of unprecedented population growth (840 million by 2050) and delivering on 7/8 percent economic growth expectation; (b) the governmental effort alone is not adequate to ensure healthy, liveable, productive, inclusive and sustainable cities, and (c) wider society has the human capital with the required skills, knowledge, knowhow and even motivation to contribute meaningfully in search for new approaches and solutions.
The webinar series is seen as feeding into the INHAF proposal on CITIURI: Citizens Urban Initiative, in terms of: (a) presenting it on a public platform as a national effort by a broadly defined civil society on rethinking the urban challenge and repositioning response, (b) getting to know more individuals, organizations and institutions, through their engagement with the Webinars for their skills, expertise, experience and interest, (c) mapping human and other resources that could be tapped to strengthen CITIURI, (d) building a support constituency through working together and sharing, (e) using a part of the Webinar output as a start-up material for sectoral project activity, and (f) presenting CITIURI as a public cause and getting a message across of a wider societal ownership.
From June 2020 to February 2021, Studio Inhaf’s webinar series has covered 48 webinars, with over 200 local and international experts and over 90000 attendees.
The series is recorded live and widely shared on Inhaf’s public platforms.
All the webinars conducted so far may be accessed here: Webinar Archive