ACCELERATING GROWTH IN BRAZILIAN CITIES – 

SPECIAL PROGRAM FOR MAYORS

ABOUT THE PROGRAM

The Accelerating Growth in Brazilian Cities – Special Program for Mayors is a new initiative of the Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro. It was developed in partnership with Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and Comunitas, an organization of the Brazilian civil society that aims to contribute to the improvement of corporate social investment and encourage private sector participation in the social and economic development of the country. A spin-off from the Leadership in a Challenging Century program aimed at public managers, this new edition, and new training format presents a more intensive, one-week approach and practical focus with academic, instrumental and strategic visits to public bodies in New York, where the module occurs. We believe that this leadership program aimed primarily at Brazilian mayors is the only one of its kind in the United States.

The goal of the program is to provide participants with the tools they need to solve problems and improve results. With a focus on leadership, innovation, and governance, the training addresses topics such as innovative partnerships, public ethics, workforce development, smart cities, digital democracy and social value investing. In addition to classes with Columbia faculty and institutional visits, we have the experience of leaders, mayors, and former mayors of American cities with ties to Columbia. Through the discussion of good practices and innovative experiences, these municipal leaders will be able to confront the challenges of complex and growing cities.

CLASSES

LEADERSHIP AND INNOVATION
Professor William B. Eimicke, School of International and Public Affairs

SMARTER CITIES: HOW CITY AGENCIES INNOVATE
Professor André Correa D’Almeida, School of International and Public Affairs

GLOBAL PARLIAMENT OF MAYORS
Professor Sheila R. Foster, Georgetown University

BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT DISTRICTS
Professor Robert Walsh, School of International and Public Affairs

SOCIAL MEDIA & PUBLIC SERVICE:
HOW MAYORS CAN USE TWITTER & FACEBOOK TO BE BETTER LEADERS

Professor Alexis Wichowski, School of International and Public Affairs

FIGHTING FAKE NEWS THE AMERICAN WAY
Professor Anya Shiffrin, School of International and Public Affairs

HOW TO MAKE CITIES ECONOMICALLY COMPETITIVE
Professor Ester Fuchs, School of International and Public Affairs

COMPSTAT, SECURITY AND PUBLIC SAFETY FOR CITIES OF BRAZIL
Professor Robert Zach Tumin, School of International and Public Affairs
Guests:
Susan Herman, NYPD Dep Commissioner for Collaborative Policing
Tim Sussman, Crowdsourcing Platform Ideascale
David Krejci, Webber Shandwick Crisis Simulation Platform “firebell”

SOCIAL VALUE INVESTING
Professor William B. Eimicke, School of International and Public Affairs

Central Park Conservancy

SITE VISITS

CENTRAL PARK CONSERVANCY

The Central Park Conservancy, a private, nonprofit organization, was formed in 1980 by a group of concerned citizens determined to improve Central Park. Today, we manage Central Park under a contract with the City of New York. Over its 160-year history, the Park has experienced several cycles of restoration and decline. The era of decline in the 1960s and 1970s led to the Central Park Conservancy's formation. The Central Park Conservancy is uniquely qualified to prevent future declines and ensure the Park's care for current and future generations.

Thanks to the generosity of many individuals, corporations, foundations, and the City of New York, the Central Park Conservancy has invested more than $1 billion to date in the Park, making it a model for urban parks worldwide. They provide 75% of Central Park's $79 million annual operating budget and are responsible for all aspects of Park maintenance, as well as capital improvements and restorations.

GEHL INSTITUTE

Gehl Institute's mission is to transform the way cities are shaped by making public life an intentional driver for design, policy, and governance. They're committed to getting public life on the agenda of cities across the globe. 

BLOOMBERG ASSOCIATES

Bloomberg Associates is an international consulting service founded by Michael R. Bloomberg as a philanthropic venture. Our mission is to help city governments improve the quality of life of their citizens. Directed by a team of globally recognized experts and industry leaders, the consultancy works to improve urban environments by collaborating with cities to develop best practices, build consensus and foster key relationships. Through its guidance and mentorship, Bloomberg Associates delivers actionable insights and plans across multiple disciplines. Additionally, the team fosters public-private partnerships to help each city build resources and implement programs that turn dynamic vision into reality.

 

In times of great national turmoil in Brazil and around the world, cities and their managers are called upon in a special way to deliver results for their citizens. This innovative program for Brazilian mayors reflects our highest ideal – to forge a mutually beneficial exchange of experience and ideas about cities in order to benefit the lives of many in Brazil and beyond. Informed by the best traditions of public policy research and practice at Columbia University, the program combines lessons in the classroom with management lessons to be drawn from the living classroom that envelops the University – the great city of New York.

Thomas J. Trebat, Columbia Global Centers | Rio de Janeiro Director

 

GUEST SPEAKERS

Stephen Goldsmith
STEPHEN GOLDSMITH

Stephen Goldsmith is the Daniel Paul Professor of the Practice of Government and the Director of the Innovations in American Government Program at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government. He currently directs Data-Smart City Solutions, a project to highlight local government efforts to use new technologies that connect breakthroughs in the use of big data analytics with community input to reshape the relationship between government and citizen. He previously served as Deputy Mayor of New York and Mayor of Indianapolis, where he earned a reputation as one of the country's leaders in public-private partnerships, competition, and privatization. Stephen was also the chief domestic policy advisor to the George W. Bush campaign in 2000, the Chair of the Corporation for National and Community Service, and the district attorney for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990. He has written The Power for Marion County, Indiana from 1979 to 1990. He has written The Power of Social Innovation; Governing by Network: the New Shape of the Public Sector; Putting Faith in Neighborhoods: Making Cities Work through Grassroots Citizenship and The Twenty-First Century City: Resurrecting Urban America; and The Responsive City: Engaging Communities Through Data-Smart Governance.

RICHARD C. GREENWALD
RICHARD C. GREENWALD

Richard Greenwald is a Senior Executive with more than twenty-five years of national experience leading large municipal initiatives and nonprofit social services organizations. Committed to public/private entrepreneurial solutions that affect the nation’s most vulnerable. Mr. Greenwald has an outstanding track-record leading varied, large-scale initiatives of increased prominence and complexity. He has specific expertise successfully assessing and navigating complex business and organizational environments; leading, convening, and managing multiple stakeholder groups aligned to common strategic goals; refining systems and implementing responsive adjustments; and following-up with staff and partners to guarantee success.

A MESSAGE FROM ERIC GARCETTI, MAYOR OF LOS ANGELES

 

>> This program is offered in partnership with Comunitas, an organization of the Brazilian civil society that aims to contribute to the improvement of corporate social investment and encourage private sector participation in the social and economic development of the country.