Culture as a Distinctive Element of Cities


Organized by Bocconi University + Milano UNESCO Creative City of Literature + Egea

The role of cities on the world stage is changing, with more and more urban centers capable of asserting themselves as engines of change inside and outside their borders. In a context characterized by extreme volatility and controversies, the ability of municipalities to build profitable international dialogues between a multiplicity of local identities is fundamental today. And culture, which has always been an integral part of urban identity, is a key element in the framework of the international strategies of municipalities.
The UNESCO Creative Cities Network is one of the most important instances of structured collaboration between international organizations and municipal governments. Born to foster cooperation between cities for which creativity is a strategic element in sustainable urban development, the network allows its members to exchange innovative practices to make creativity and cultural industries crucial drivers of their development plans.

Cristiano Casa
 Deputy Mayor, City of Parma (UNESCO Creative City of Gastronomy)
Francesco De Biase City of Torino (UNESCO Creative City of Design)
Paola Dubini Bocconi University
Federica Forti Deputy Mayor, City of Carrara (UNESCO Creative City of Crafts and Folk Art)
Lorenzo Kihlgren Grandi Author, Diplomazia delle città. Strumenti e pratiche per una centralità strategica internazionale (Egea) and Director, City Diplomacy Lab
Stefano Parise Director, Area Biblioteche, City of Milano (UNESCO Creative City of Literature)
Vittorio Salmoni National coordinator, UNESCO network of Italian Creative Cities
Monica Sciajno City of Torino (UNESCO Creative City of Design)
Gianmario Verona Rector, Bocconi University