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SXSW Sessions

Jan 18, 2021

In this talk, renowned sociologist and best-selling author Eric Klinenberg argues that the future of cities and democratic societies rests not simply on shared values but on social infrastructure: the libraries, parks, schools, and civic organizations where crucial, sometimes life-saving connections, are formed. Drawing on his book, Palaces for the People, Klinenberg shows that when social infrastructure is robust, people are more likely to build ties with friends and neighbors and to invest in their communities; but when it is neglected, as it has been recently, families and individuals must fend for themselves. The presentation highlights innovative infrastructure projects that address challenges like climate change and crime while also building social cohesion.