There have always been many opinions and debates about China’s rapid urbanization in the past two decades and its effects on the population, on the global economy and the changes it has brought along since its start.
None other than Bill Gates has brought up the topic on Twitter last week and triggered massive reactions from his followers and the media.
The Shanghai Forum is organizing a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday, June 24) with guest speakers Richard Brubaker of Collective Responsibility and Jason Inch, author of China’s Economic Supertrends, to discuss urbanization’s positive and negative impacts on China.
In fact, urbanization in China is one of the most important national as well as global economic forces to watch in the next ten years. Growth in construction, retail, and the service industries are just three of the most critical sectors that depend on urbanization. There are many multi-billion RMB opportunities to be had for the bold, for the first-movers, and for the solution-providers.
But with China’s urbanization also comes controversy: massive skyscrapers and landmark projects that sit nearly empty, loss of communities and culture due to redevelopment, and unequal wealth distribution among urban and rural residents contributing to a persistent social divide. Many debate whether China’s urbanization is sustainable from the social, economic, and environmental perspectives.
This Shanghai Forum meet up aims to help you understand what urbanization in China really means, what is the need for it, and how your life in China is changing because of it. Through the discussion, you will learn how urbanization affects your business opportunities and your career in China.
• Sustainability of China’s urbanization drive in terms of materials and resources, from concrete to water and energy;
• The lives of migrant workers who have built and work in China’s new cities;
• The numbers from China’s National Bureau of Statistics as well as comparative figures from international organizations and companies;
• Geography and the concept of ‘tier’ cities, “Go West” and more;
• Projects and technologies being tried in China to make urbanization work, such as advanced transportation systems.
Richard Brubaker – Currently, as the Managing Director of Collective Responsibility and a Visiting Professor of Sustainability at the China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), Richard is focused on building platforms that promote long term organizational capacity to address the economic, environmental, and social hurdles that China faces as the country’s economic growth accelerates.
To date, Brubaker has overseen the development and execution of more than 200 projects focused on solving the social, environmental, and economic challenges that are faced in Asia. For more information about Richard, click here for his full bio. You can also follow him on Twitter at @richbrubaker
Jason Inch – Jason is the founder of the popular Shanghai Forum series of meetups focusing on understanding the business environment of China. A writer, instructor and entrepreneur, Jason has written two books about China’s economy including China’s Economic Supertrends, has taught many courses to MBA and undergraduate students in the areas of China’s economy and international business, and runs two Shanghai-based companies. You can get in touch with Jason on Linkedin.
You can join the event and find full details on their Meetup page.
Entry fee: 100 RMB (used to support the social mission of Lohaus; coffee, tea, cocktails, and other drinks will be provided along with a selection of appetizers and sweets from Patisserie Alexander) // Tuesday, June 24, 2014 / from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. // Lohaus – 50 Yongjia Road, near Shaanxi Road South, close to Jiashan Market | 永嘉路50号, 近陕西南路
By Andreea Dragut