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MunicipalambassadorshipCOPENHAGEN + PROVIDENCE:BEST PRACTICE MODEL
Copenhagen + Providence
Why Copenhagen & Providence?COPENHAGEN                                PROVIDENCEFounded 1137                              ...
Distance: 3,705 Miles / 5,963Kilometers
Gateway CommunitiesProvidence* I-95 Corridor* 1 hour to Boston* 2 hours to Cape Cod, Berkshires, Portland* 3.5 hours (trai...
“The shortestdistance betweentwo people is asmile.”Victor Borge
SMALLER CITIES   UNITE!
Copenhagen at a Glance• English is spoken by 80% of Danes (primary second language).• 26 hospitals, 14 universities, 10,00...
Rhode Island Foundation:Make It Happen RI (Progress Report)“Do what Andy Cutler does: letpeople in your own social network...
Legacy of Civic Engagement  
Citizen Diplomacy…During the meeting, Secretary Clintonreiterated the United States’ strongcommitment to engaging young pe...
Sister City (or Town-Twinning) Model• First:  • Paderborn, Germany & Le Mans, France (836)• First (Modern Era)  • Keighley...
The One Who Figures Out How toMaximize These Relationships Wins!• According to statistics from Sister Cities International...
Does Anybody Know What    Providence’s Sister Cities Are?• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic• Riga, Latvia• Phnom Penh, Ca...
A New Type of Ambassadorship
5 Elements ofInteraction
PROVIDENCE  ASSETS
Arts & Culture                 Tape Art
Entrepreneurial Programming
Colleges / Universities
Conferences / Events
Copenhagen Assets
Awards/Achievements
Societal / Policy
Extending Reach: Socialnomics
Creation of New CommunicationsAssets                                 DR
Building Commercial Ties
THIS IS ABOUT          CREATING        A MOVEMENT!There is NO greater power than a community realizing its full potential!
ROC vs. ROI• Economic in nature• New approaches in addressing community challenges• Expanded networks• Experiential learni...
Full-Time Effort is Necessary!If a thing’s worth doing at all, it’sworth doing well.                  -H.G. Wells, 1915
Next Steps✔Endorsement from Mayor✔Secure Seed Capital (public/private investment)✔Initiate full-time endeavor       -Begin...
Best Practice Model for Sister Cities!
Best Practice Model for Sister Cities!
Best Practice Model for Sister Cities!
Best Practice Model for Sister Cities!
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Best Practice Model for Sister Cities!

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Developed by communications designer Andy Cutler over a 2-year period, this model was developed to nurture substantive relationships between smaller cities throughout the world beginning with Copenhagen and Providence. Sharing resources/assets, supporting student engagement, promoting and progressing entrepreneurship and exporting mentoring models and expertise in sustainability (for example) is the basis for this new style of "sites city" relationships.

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Best Practice Model for Sister Cities!

  1. 1. MunicipalambassadorshipCOPENHAGEN + PROVIDENCE:BEST PRACTICE MODEL
  2. 2. Copenhagen + Providence
  3. 3. Why Copenhagen & Providence?COPENHAGEN PROVIDENCEFounded 1137 Founded 1636Populuation: 1.2 million Population: ~180,000 (37 th largest metro(78% Danish; 14.6% Non-Western area in the U.S.; 2 nd largest city in NewNations; 7.5% Western Nations) England)14 colleges/universities 7 colleges/universities34 square miles 20.5 square milesWorld class arts & design communities World class arts & design communitiesWaterfront development project(s) Waterfront development project(s)Active commitment social media/blogging Recognized leader in mentoring young talent -OpenCopenhagen Active preservation movement -Visit Copenhagen IBM Smarter City -Miss Design Says Leading American city for youth arts programs -Copenhagenize One of the oldest engineering programs inUS/Brown -Go Visit DenmarkLeader in sustainability & bicycletransportationIBM Smarter CityInfrastructure movement
  4. 4. Distance: 3,705 Miles / 5,963Kilometers
  5. 5. Gateway CommunitiesProvidence* I-95 Corridor* 1 hour to Boston* 2 hours to Cape Cod, Berkshires, Portland* 3.5 hours (train/bus)/1 hour (plane) to NYC Copenhagen * Gateway to Stockholm, Oslo, Helsinki * Denmark is southernmost Scandinavian country * 1 hour to Berlin * 2 hours to Paris/London (plane)
  6. 6. “The shortestdistance betweentwo people is asmile.”Victor Borge
  7. 7. SMALLER CITIES UNITE!
  8. 8. Copenhagen at a Glance• English is spoken by 80% of Danes (primary second language).• 26 hospitals, 14 universities, 10,000 researchers, 4 science parks and 140 biotechnological companies are located in the part of the Øresund region, named Medicon Valley.• The transport infrastructure of Copenhagen is among the most efficient and reliable systems in the world.• British style magazine Wallpaper has named copenhagen one of the coolest capitals in the world & Fast Company recently named it one of the “smartest cities in Europe.”
  9. 9. Rhode Island Foundation:Make It Happen RI (Progress Report)“Do what Andy Cutler does: letpeople in your own social networksknow how great Providence andRhode Island is.” (page 46)
  10. 10. Legacy of Civic Engagement 
  11. 11. Citizen Diplomacy…During the meeting, Secretary Clintonreiterated the United States’ strongcommitment to engaging young peopleworldwide and to using people-to-peoplediplomacy as a means to createopportunities for greater understanding.-Secretary Clinton Announces Kareem Abdul-Jabbar asCultural Ambassador, Excerpt from Press Release,January 18, 2012
  12. 12. Sister City (or Town-Twinning) Model• First: • Paderborn, Germany & Le Mans, France (836)• First (Modern Era) • Keighley, West Yorkshire, England & Poix-du-Nord, Nord, France (1920)• First (N. America) • Toledo, Ohio & Toledo, Spain (1931)• First (of its kind) • Rochester, Minnesota & Knebworth, UK (1967)
  13. 13. The One Who Figures Out How toMaximize These Relationships Wins!• According to statistics from Sister Cities International, there are 694 different US cities who currently have active Sister City programs – which, in turn, represent 1,992 partnerships around the world.• Sister Cities International, is a non-profit global citizen network, the organization represents 1,749 international communities in 134 countries.
  14. 14. Does Anybody Know What Providence’s Sister Cities Are?• Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic• Riga, Latvia• Phnom Penh, Cambodia• Florence, Italy
  15. 15. A New Type of Ambassadorship
  16. 16. 5 Elements ofInteraction
  17. 17. PROVIDENCE ASSETS
  18. 18. Arts & Culture Tape Art
  19. 19. Entrepreneurial Programming
  20. 20. Colleges / Universities
  21. 21. Conferences / Events
  22. 22. Copenhagen Assets
  23. 23. Awards/Achievements
  24. 24. Societal / Policy
  25. 25. Extending Reach: Socialnomics
  26. 26. Creation of New CommunicationsAssets DR
  27. 27. Building Commercial Ties
  28. 28. THIS IS ABOUT CREATING A MOVEMENT!There is NO greater power than a community realizing its full potential!
  29. 29. ROC vs. ROI• Economic in nature• New approaches in addressing community challenges• Expanded networks• Experiential learning opportunities for students• Increasing awareness of our community(ies) -press (traditional + non-traditional) -social media -tourism + travel -collaboration through through sharing (lectures, conferences, mentoring) -create & leverage as many storytelling opportunities as possible
  30. 30. Full-Time Effort is Necessary!If a thing’s worth doing at all, it’sworth doing well. -H.G. Wells, 1915
  31. 31. Next Steps✔Endorsement from Mayor✔Secure Seed Capital (public/private investment)✔Initiate full-time endeavor -Begin creating online/communication tools✔Outreach to CPH Mayor Frank Jensen✔ Mission Tour; documenting visit (lay the groundwork for numerous partnerships + next visit with Mayor)

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