Benjamin Barber:
Why mayors should rule the world

TEDGlobal 2013 · 18:05 · Filmed Jun 2013

It often seems like federal-level politicians care more about creating gridlock than solving the world's problems. So who's actually getting bold things done? City mayors. So, political theorist Benjamin Barber suggests: Let's give them more control over global policy. Barber shows how these "urban homeboys" are solving pressing problems on their own turf — and maybe in the world.

Political theorist
Benjamin Barber believes that the future of the world may lie with the politicians who implement practical change every day: mayors. Full bio