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Hollie Russon-Gilman for TechCrunch: Millennials could be the answer to government malaise

Andrew Young — April 13, 2018

In a recent piece for TechCrunch, Hollie Russon-Gilman reflects on the governance implications of increasing numbers of Millennials moving to cities:

“Millennials are changing notions about life, in part through technology and the awakening of activism following the 2016 election of Donald Trump. With this, there is an opportunity for cities to demonstrate that 1) data and evidence can make urban governance better, 2) City Hall is a dynamic place to work and engage with and 3) cities can tap into residents’ creativity in new and unexpected ways. As the number of 25- to 34-year-old millennials will increase by about 3 million over the next seven years, there are projections that this is the exact time in life millennials are most likely to live in cities.”

Informed by a number of city-level innovation examples of, she concludes:

“Re-engaging people in their civic and communal life is challenging. Nonetheless, practices of diverse U.S. mayors and dedicated city public administrators offer an opportunity for cities of all sizes to re-engage millennials (and others) with their democracy.”

Read more here.

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