What is "New Urban Progress"?

Rejuvenating transatlantic dialogue: Das Progressive Zentrum and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft in Germany as well as the Progressive Policy Institute in the United States are launching the program “New Urban Progress: Metro Innovation and Democratic Renewal – A Transatlantic Dialogue”. The project compares metropolitan regions that have emerged as hubs of public innovation and collaborative problem-solving, and use the results as frameworks to build inclusive, innovative, digital, and diverse cities. This work is dialogue-based: we engage young Germans and Americans in a conversation on contemporary social, cultural and economic phenomena present in all post-industrial multicultural societies.

Why "New Urban Progress"?

The task at hand could not be any more urgent. Both the United States and Europe are confronting a rising tide of illiberal movements and populism that call for a bold, creative and collaborative response. We believe that cities are rising actors in global policy-making and that they can also serve as great vehicles for relaunching transatlantic dialogue.

How does "New Urban Progress" function?

Two countries, two road trips, four conferences, ten cities, and 20 program fellows: New Urban Progress will use various events and work-processes with aim of intensifying transatlantic relations and collaboratively developing policies that will positively impact cities on both sides of the Atlantic.
The program was launched in spring 2020: Learn more about the events in USA and Germany.

We are currently in the selection process of our fellows and will officially announce them in September.

Further information on the program will be available on this website or here.

The project is supported by the Transatlantic Program of the Federal Republic of Germany and funded by the European Recovery Program (ERP) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi).

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