Dialogue 3

Tradition and Modernity: A Creative Convergence for Sustainable Cities

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Summary

This Dialogue will explore the ability of cities to manage conflicts between tradition and modernity and to maximize their convergence for sustainable economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Cultural heritage and traditional knowledge systems (TKs) are increasingly being threatened by modernization, commercialization of culture, digitization, globalization and rapid urbanization. Harnessing the potential of traditional knowledge for local development can contribute to achieving sustainable urban development.

Fostering convergence between traditional aspects of culture and modernization as reflected in part by forward-looking innovation is essential for sustainable cities.

Modernization can lead to erosion of cultural values and practices which guide approaches to and systems of housing, employment and land ownership. Erosion of such cultural values and practices could threaten socio-cultural cohesion. It is important that traditional knowledge systems align, where possible, with the socio-economic environment while harnessing benefits associated with modernization and innovation. Traditional knowledge systems must be transformed into creative goods and services that reflect the cultural values of a city. Similarly, innovation and modernization must reflect the prevailing cultural context.

Objectives

This Dialogue will explore the ability of cities to manage conflicts between tradition and modernity and to maximize their convergence for sustainable economic, social and environmental outcomes.

Keynote 1: Why are traditional knowledge systems critical to save the planet and guide us to a sustainable future? 

Keynote 2 – From tradition versus modernity to tradition and modernity: The importance of inter-generational conversations to make innovation work for all.

Guiding Questions

Keynote 1

  1. How can urban areas preserve and capitalize on traditional knowledge systems to improve the quality of life for all?
  2. What are the prevailing threats to culture brought about by modernization and how do these play out in urban areas?
  3. What are the mechanisms for creating a convergence between traditional aspects of culture and modernization as reflected by forward-looking innovation?

KEY NOTE 2:

  1. What are the mechanisms for creating a convergence between traditional aspects of culture and modernization as reflected by forward-looking innovation?
  2. How can culture be made more relevant and dynamic in the face of rapid modernization?
  3. How can cities create a conducive environment for nurturing entrepreneurship in creative industries using modern technologies?

Session Speakers