Festival of Ideas for the New City
The Sustainable City Keynote Address: Antanas Mockus
The Great Hall at Cooper Union
Friday, May 6, 2011
Former President of the National University of Colombia, Antanas Mockus went on to serve two terns as the Mayor of Bogota. Under Mockus's leadership, water usage dropped 40 percent; 7,000 community security groups were formed; the homocide rate fell 70 percent; and traffic fatalities dropped by over 50 percent. In 2010, he ran for President of Colombia (with Sergio Fajardo as his running mate) on the Green Party ticket. He is currently President of Corpovisionarios, an organization consulting cities on addressing their problems through social mechanisms.
This excerpt from his keynote address focuses on his creative approaches to solve municipal problems, which ultimately brought Bogota, Colombia back from the brink.