China is a nation in a state of continuous flux – with more than two hundred million people expected to become urban citizens in the next decade, and millions moving into new homes for the first time every year. Yet, while home ownership and the aspiration to a better life has become part of what is now being called ‘the Chinese dream’, consumer spending is still not as high as the Chinese government would hope, with concerns about the cost of living, education and welfare all affecting consumer confidence. The mass migration to the cities has placed enormous strain on the resources of local governments, with many of the nation’s new urban citizens still more or less excluded from receiving social welfare. The rush to a more luxurious way of life is also a major threat to the environment – China’s cities today are struggling to cope with dire air quality, gridlock on the roads and a lack of public spaces. New solutions and ideas are urgently needed.
Shanghai, a city of about 23 million inhabitants, is a mega city constantly on the move, not only attracting each year thousands of migrants from within China, but also all kinds of businesses, entrepreneurs, and creative people from all sectors over the world.
What is the attraction about? What are the ambivalences? What are the changes and challenges the city is facing? What are the opportunities and how does the bigger picture in China look like?
To answer these questions, book one of our below walks or talks!
- Shanghai Mega City on the Move and the pursuit of “the Chinese Dream” with Newsweek correspondent Duncan Hewitt
- Value Shifts in today’s Chinese society with Diversity & Inclusion and Communication expert Liu Yi
- Social Entrepreneurship and Sustainability in China with Diversity & Inclusion and Communication expert Liu Yi