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Global Crises, Local Impacts: Threats to Social Cohesion & How Cities Can Respond

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On 13 December 2023, the Strong Cities Network hosted the first in a series of webinars on Global Crises, Local Impacts: Threats to Social Cohesion & How Cities Can Respond. Given the range of threats facing cities in North America as a result of global crises – ranging from COVID-19 and migration to the war in Ukraine, climate change, and, most immediately, the Israel-Gaza conflict – Strong Cities invited mayors (from Athens, Ohio; Highland Park, Illinois; and Overland Park, Kansas), researchers (from the Bridging Divides Initiative and Institute for Strategic Dialogue), and a community convener in Vancouver, Canada (Foundation for a Path Forward) to discuss what cities are facing and how local leaders can most effectively manage the inter-communal tensions resulting from these crises.

Speakers shared insights on the range of challenges cities are facing as well as strategies and examples for preventing and responding to the rising levels hate and inter-communal tension that threaten to undermine social cohesion. Key takeaways included:

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