For the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. By 2050, another 2 billion people will occupancy our planet, with two-thirds of them living in cities. While we have reached unprecedented population growth, our planet is under siege and many of our cities, including our own, are ill-prepared for the coming storm. From climate change, infrastructure, housing, health care and transportation, cities will face historic challenges to meet the demands of the 21st century. How do cities meet these challenges and thrive in the face of them? In FutureCity, Jason joined us to discuss the history of cities, and explored contemporary issues that are key to their survival and success. For New York, this requires a further embrace of Jane Jacobs, while moving on from the car-centric policies of Robert Moses.
Jason Haber is a serial and social entrepreneur. His extensive career has intersected the worlds of real estate, politics, academia and publishing. He is currently an elected official in the Democratic party, where he serves a District Leader and as a member of the State Committee. In 2019 he launched a podcast on urbanism called FutureCity. His first book, The Business of Good, was a best-seller on Amazon.
Sunday Platform is our most important and long-standing community event. These gatherings educate, stimulate personal growth, inspire reflection and action, and strengthen our community. Sunday meetings usually begin with music, followed by greetings and a talk given by a Society Leader, member, or guest. Platforms cover a variety of topics that reflect current events, pressing social issues, and Ethical Culture philosophy. A collection basket is passed and money is shared between the Society and a charity selected for that day. While contributions are always appreciated, Sunday meetings are free and open to the public. Each Sunday meeting is followed by a luncheon and social hour.
To view previous Sunday Platform addresses and interviews, visit the Ethical NYC YouTube channel.