Reinforcing unheard voices in the city
In truly equitable cities, all citizens would be equal – regardless of their gender, origin, status, ethnicity or religion. But cities weren’t built from a 360-degree perspective. How can we change that and mobilise for equality? Cities across the globe speak about progress and growth, but too often the democratic ideals they claim to stand for and govern by are undercut by the inequalities designed their very fabric – from physical resources to intangible infrastructures in the form of services and community networks. What direction should we be setting for the future development of our cities? What do we need to shift in our planning and governing agendas to make such a future possible? What systemic issues must be addressed to make unheard voices heard? In this session we hear from pioneers who are experimenting with approaches to tackling the root causes of inequity in our cities – from both a governance and community level.
This session is part of a 5-part series run by the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt’s ‘RISE Cities’ programme. RISE Cities explores the leadership required to enable our urban environments to be more resilient, intelligent, sustainable and equitable (RISE).
Hamdan Abdul Majeed is the Managing Director of Think City , a social purpose organisation with the mission of making cities more people-friendly, resilient and liveable. As a regional city making agency, Think City provides urban policy thinking, management and implementation of urban solutions, while advocating change in the way cities are planned, curated, developed, and celebrated.
Hamdan has actively been involved in shaping urban policy and plans in Malaysia including more recently, Penang 2030, a state government initiative with the vision of a family-oriented, green and smart Penang. Prior to assuming his role as Managing Director of Think City, he was a former Director of Investment at Khazanah where he led their regional office in the north of Malaysia, identifying strategic investment opportunities to catalyse growth and development in that region.
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Nidhi Gulati is a social impact executive and a human-centered design practitioner with 8 years in the nonprofit sector. During this time, she has held various positions leading community-based consulting projects, managing a team of placemakers, to serving as a Co-Executive Director. Nidhi Gulati is committed to solve widespread social issues through the built environment and build bridges across the public, private, and impact sectors. She leverages her skills to support ventures that simultaneously prioritize environmental, social, and financial resilience for communities, with a special focus on their youngest members. She is a born and raised Indian with tremendous appreciation for trains, a love for walking as a mode of transportation, and a deep sensitivity towards issues of gender, race, and their manifestation in the built environment.
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Adah Parris is a Futurist, Artist, Activist and Chair of Mental Health First Aid England (MHFA UK). An enthusiastic curator of people, patterns and stories, her current interest lies in the anatomy of transformation and innovation. Her work sits at intersection of ancient wisdom, living systems and indigenous community practices, digital and emerging technologies. She is co-Founder of Ism.Earth and Artist in Residence at SBCAST (Santa Barbara Centre for Art Science and Technology). In 2020, Adah was long-listed as one of the Most Influential Women in UK Technology. In 2019, she was recognised as one of TED Talks Global Emerging Innovators. In 2018, she was recognised as one of the UK’s Top 100 Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) Leaders in Technology.
Alex Stephany is the Founder and CEO of Beam, the world’s first crowdfunding platform for homeless people. Since launching in 2017, Beam has raised more than £2m in donations, helping hundreds of homeless people secure homes and start work in sectors facing skills shortages. Beam has won numerous awards including a prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise and Best Financial Inclusion Startup in Europe from MIT. Before Beam, Alex was CEO of JustPark where he led the largest ever crowdfunding round for a tech startup at the time. An expert on the sharing economy, Alex is the author of The Business of Sharing, which was published by Macmillan in 2015. He has also advised the Mayor of Seoul on collaborative technology.