Cities on Speed

Improving Civic Behavior - Bogota (Andreas Dalsgaard - Danish Film Institute)

  • 23 January 2018
  • Posted by: Nicolas Devia
  • Number of views: 727

The constant decline of Bogota's rate of homicides and violent deaths during the late 90's and the beginning of the new millennium has its roots in an unconventional practice: mimes, soccer cards, balloons and an unorthodox Mayor wearing a super-hero costume. An innovative experiment on governance shows the effectiveness of approaching the citizens in a pedagogic, familiar and enjoyable way, improving the lives of the citizens regardless of their economic capacities. Rather than approaching the problem of violence with a zero-tolerance style of policies, Bogota invented a new sort of Community policing without the need for the police. By teaching tolerance, respect of law, empathy and patience to the citizens, Bogota created an atmosphere of trust and rejection of incivilities, which led then to a reduction of violence and crime. This case sheds light and guidance to another way of approaching the problem of violence in the Americas that truly deserves to be revisited.

What Is Bullying?

What is bullying? Bullying is not just any mean behavior. It's when someone keeps being mean to someone else on purpose, and the person it's happening to hasn't been able to make it stop. It's unfair and one-sided. There are many forms of bullying, and even though statistics show there is a decline in bullying, there is still a long way to go.

8th Milestones of a Global Campaign for Violence Prevention Meeting

The 8th Milestones meeting is being generously hosted on behalf of WHO by the Canadian Government and the Public Health Agency of Canada. The meeting theme is Translating Sustainable Development Goal violence prevention targets into national and local action. Please see link below for the agenda. For plenary sessions, simultaneous translation for French and Spanish will be offered.

Rebuilding lives, restoring hope in Colombia

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

  • 16 October 2017
  • Posted by: Jane Piazer
  • Number of views: 1278
Rebuilding lives, restoring hope in Colombia
The Food and Agriculture Organization, with support from the government of Sweden, is working with Colombia to help devastated communities rebuild their livelihoods and get back on their feet after half a century of conflict.

Ted Talk: Texting that saves lives

Por Nancy Lublin

  • 13 October 2017
  • Posted by: Jane Piazer
  • Number of views: 1254
Ted Talk: Texting that saves lives
When Nancy Lublin started texting teenagers to help with her social advocacy organization, what she found was shocking -- they started texting back about their own problems, from bullying to depression to abuse. So she's setting up a text-only crisis line, and the results might be even more important than she expected.