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City ambition: Why we need it, what it looks like, how we get there

Public lecture hosted by LSE Cities

The constraints and demands under which cities operate are continually changing, as financial resources tighten, citizen expectations increase, and national governments grapple with gridlock. However, this also uniquely positions local governments to provide solutions to many of today’s greatest challenges.

James Anderson, who leads the Government Innovation programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies, spoke about his experience helping city leaders to solve their most vexing challenges through innovation, data and evidence, and collaboration.

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  • James Anderson

    James Anderson

    James Anderson leads Government Innovation programs at Bloomberg Philanthropies. The portfolio helps city leaders solve their most vexing challenges through innovation, data and evidence, and collaboration. More than 250 cities worldwide are currently supported through grants, technical expertise, and educational and networking programs. Before joining Bloomberg Philanthropies, James served as communications director to New York City Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg. During that time, he was the chief architect of NYC Service, the City’s high impact citizen service strategy. Previously, he served as senior advisor to the commissioner of the City’s homeless services agency, and as communications director for the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network.

  • Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett

    Ricky Burdett is Professor of Urban Studies at LSE and Director of the Urban Age and LSE Cities. He is a member of the Mayor of London’s Cultural Leadership Board and was Director of the Venice International Architecture Biennale and Curator of the Global Cities Exhibition Tate Modern in London. He has previously been a member of the UK Government Airport Commission (2012-2015) and Chief Adviser on Architecture and Urbanism for the 2012 London Olympics. He is co-editor of ‘Shaping Cities in an Urban Age’ (2018), ‘The SAGE Handbook of the 21st Century’ (2017), ‘Living in the Endless City’ (2011) and ‘The Endless City’ (2007).