Urban-verse: Knowledge and Partnership Forum on Urban Issues
Urban-verse’, an open urban knowledge exchange platform, has been initiated by ‘Institute for Smart, Resilient and Future Cities of Taru’ along with its partners. The initiative integrates the available knowledge with practical wisdom, through collaboration with wide range of stakeholders, both government and private, individuals and institutions, etc. The platform will initiate dialogue on topics related to future of urbanization in India, convene urban think tanks, subject matter experts, the private & public sector and researchers across ‘sectors’ to discuss on various aspects of urbanization; connect knowledge centers with development practitioners to translate ideas into action; and generate new evidence (through research studies, pilot projects, etc.); identifying potential way ahead in urbanization.
First series of Urban-verse on " Transforming Cities- Role of Urban Citizen Market, March 30, 2017, IHC, New Delhi
Designed in the form of a panel discussion, the first series of Urban-Verse, themed “Transforming Cities: Role of Urban Citizen Market”, was held on 30 March 2017 at Casuarina Hall, Habitat World, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road, New Delhi. It was supported by Asian Cities Climate Change Resilience Network (ACCCRN) of The Rockefeller Foundation. The programme started with a welcome address by Manu Prakash, Taru. This was followed by a 5-minute film show on the book “Road to Resilience – 2”, and the subsequent launch of the book written by G K Bhat, Chairman Taru. Mr. Bhat then presented key insights from the book, which set the context for the panel discussion. The esteemed panel comprised of Dr. R. Gopichandran, Director, Vigyan Parisar; G K Bhat, Chairman, Taru; Shrinivas Kowligi, Partner, Ernst & Young (India); and, Amit Bhatt, Strategy Head – Integrated Urban Transport, EMBARQ India.