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What We Do

The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to
creating the ecosystem for charter cities.
The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to creating the ecosystem for charter cities.
The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to building the ecosystem for charter cities. It was founded on the idea that a fresh approach was necessary to tackle humanity’s most pressing challenges: global poverty, rapid urbanization, and conflict and migration caused by poverty, war, and climate change. Charter cities—new cities granted a special jurisdiction to create a new governance system, are that solution.

The process to create each new charter city is complex. It requires the collaboration numerous stakeholders, including new city developers, governments, investors, multi-lateral institutions, and international development experts. By coordinating the efforts of the various stakeholders, it’s possible to accelerate the development of charter cities and lift tens of millions of people out of poverty.

What We Do

The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to creating the ecosystem for charter cities.
The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedi-cated to building the ecosystem for charter cities. It was founded on the idea that a new approach was necessary to deal with humanity’s most pressing challenges, global poverty, urbanization, and conflict and climate change induced migration. Charter cities; a city, often a new city, granted a special jurisdiction to create a new governance system, are that solution.

Because of the global nature of the challenges charter cities solves, as well as the complexity of charter cities, stakeholder and resource mobili-zation is critical. Numerous stakeholders, includ-ing new city developers, governments, investors, multi-lateral institutions, and international de-velopment experts are beginning to think about charter cities. The Charter Cities Institute believes that by coordinating the efforts of the various stakeholders it’s possible to accelerate the development of charter cities and lift tens of millions of people out of poverty.

What We Do

The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to creating the ecosystem for charter cities.
The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedi-cated to building the ecosystem for charter cities. It was founded on the idea that a new approach was necessary to deal with humanity’s most pressing challenges, global poverty, urbanization, and conflict and climate change induced migration. Charter cities; a city, often a new city, granted a special jurisdiction to create a new governance system, are that solution.




Because of the global nature of the challenges charter cities solves, as well as the complexity of charter cities, stakeholder and resource mobili-zation is critical. Numerous stakeholders, includ-ing new city developers, governments, investors, multi-lateral institutions, and international de-velopment experts are beginning to think about charter cities. The Charter Cities Institute believes that by coordinating the efforts of the various stakeholders it’s possible to accelerate the development of charter cities and lift tens of millions of people out of poverty.

What We Do

The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedicated to creating the ecosystem for charter cities.
The Charter Cities Institute is a nonprofit dedi-cated to building the ecosystem for charter cities. It was founded on the idea that a new approach was necessary to deal with humanity’s most pressing challenges, global poverty, urbanization, and conflict and climate change induced migration. Charter cities; a city, often a new city, granted a special jurisdiction to create a new governance system, are that solution.

Because of the global nature of the challenges charter cities solves, as well as the complexity of charter cities, stakeholder and resource mobili-zation is critical. Numerous stakeholders, includ-ing new city developers, governments, investors, multi-lateral institutions, and international de-velopment experts are beginning to think about charter cities. The Charter Cities Institute believes that by coordinating the efforts of the various stakeholders it’s possible to accelerate the development of charter cities and lift tens of millions of people out of poverty.

Programs

The Charter Cities Institute consists of three major programs: technical assistance, events, and media. 
Research & Technical Assistance: Our team works directly with new city developers and governments to develop the legal frameworks to grant charter cities an independent jurisdiction and to implement the new city’s governance structure.

Events: Building the ecosystem for charter cities means connecting the community of individuals passionate about the transformative power of improving governance in every corner of the world. Our events, which include our inaugural Charter Cities Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa, regular charter city summits, and meetups in cities across the world, offer these introductions, which we hope will produce both meaningful friendships and meaningful charter city collaborations.

Media: Our blog offers real-time insight into how we think about charter cities, experiments in governance, and developmental case studies from around the world. The Institute’s twice-monthly newsletter gives an overview of the previous month’s activities, and commentary on charter cities-adjacent activity around the world. Finally, our research aims to establish the economic case for charter cities and inform the decisions of charter city stakeholders.

Our History

Nobel Laureate Paul Romer gave his famous TED talk in 2009 which he introduced the concept of charter cities to the world. Since then, organizations across every continent have come together in a race to build the world’s first successful charter cities.

The Charter Cities Institute started with an insight: numerous stakeholders were interested in charter cities and approaching the idea from different angles, but there was little co-ordination or communication between them.

Individuals and organizations working in real estate, government, finance, and international development were independently discovering the potential of new cities to chart new developmental courses in countries across the world. Simultaneously, Mark Lutter, founder of the Charter Cities Institute, realized there was an opportunity for a new organization to play a coordinating role between each of these disparate groups. The goal was simple: to bring each stakeholder to the table and in doing so, accelerate the development of charter cities.

Founded in 2017, the Charter Cities Institute stands the focal point for all parts of the charter cities ecosystem. Our efforts have since expanded to include technical assistance to new city projects to design and implement their governance systems, research on governance and institutions, and our annual Charter Cities conference.

Since our founding, our team and network has scaled significantly. Tamara Winter, our Communications Lead, was hired in October 2018, and since the beginning of 2019 the team has grown to include Ramil Maharramov, Director of Partnerships, Kurtis Lockhart, Economics Researcher, and Jeffrey Mason, Research Associate.

Our History

Nobel Laureate Paul Romer gave his famous TED talk in 2009 which he introduced the concept of charter cities to the world. Since then, organizations across every continent have come together in a race to build the world’s first successful charter cities.
The Charter Cities Institute started with an insight: numerous stakeholders were interested in charter cities and approaching the idea from different angles, but there was little co-ordination or communication between them.

Individuals and organizations working in real estate, government, finance, and international development were independently discovering the potential of new cities to chart new developmental
courses in countries across the world. Simultane-ously, Mark Lutter, founder of the Charter Cities Institute, realized there was an opportunity for a new organization to play a coordinating role between each of these disparate groups. The goal was simple: to bring each stakeholder to the table and in doing so, accelerate the development of charter cities.
Founded in 2017, the Charter Cities Institute stands the focal point for all parts of the charter cities ecosystem. Our efforts have since expanded to include technical assistance to new city projects to design and implement their governance systems, research on governance and institutions, and our annual Charter Cities conference.

Since our founding, our team and network has scaled significantly. Tamara Winter, our Communications Lead, was hired in October 2018, and since the beginning of 2019 the team has grown to include Ramil Maharramov, Director of Partnerships, Kurtis Lockhart, Economics Researcher, and Jeffrey Mason, Research Associate.

Our History

Nobel Laureate Paul Romer gave his famous TED talk in 2009 which he introduced the concept of charter cities to the world. Since then, organizations across every continent have come together in a race to build the world’s first successful charter cities.

The Charter Cities Institute started with an insight: numerous stakeholders were interested in charter cities and approaching the idea from different angles, but there was little co-ordination or communication between them.

Individuals and organizations working in real estate, government, finance, and international development were independently discovering the potential of new cities to chart new developmental courses in countries across the world. Simultaneously, Mark Lutter, founder of the Charter Cities Institute, realized there was an opportunity for a new organization to play a coordinating role between each of these disparate groups. The goal was simple: to bring each stakeholder to the table and in doing so, accelerate the development of charter cities.

Founded in 2017, the Charter Cities Institute stands the focal point for all parts of the charter cities ecosystem. Our efforts have since expanded to include technical assistance to new city projects to design and implement their governance systems, research on governance and institutions, and our annual Charter Cities conference.

Since our founding, our team and network has scaled significantly. Tamara Winter, our Communications Lead, was hired in October 2018, and since the beginning of 2019 the team has grown to include Ramil Maharramov, Director of Partnerships, Kurtis Lockhart, Economics Researcher, and Jeffrey Mason, Research Associate.

Our History

Nobel Laureate Paul Romer gave his famous TED talk in 2009 which he introduced the concept of charter cities to the world. Since then, organizations across every continent have come together in a race to build the world’s first successful charter cities.

The Charter Cities Institute started with an insight: numerous stakeholders were interested in charter cities and approaching the idea from different angles, but there was little co-ordination or communication between them.

Individuals and organizations working in real estate, government, finance, and international development were independently discovering the potential of new cities to chart new developmental courses in countries across the world. Simultaneously, Mark Lutter, founder of the Charter Cities Institute, realized there was an opportunity for a new organization to play a coordinating role between each of these disparate groups. The goal was simple: to bring each stakeholder to the table and in doing so, accelerate the development of charter cities.

Founded in 2017, the Charter Cities Institute stands the focal point for all parts of the charter cities ecosystem. Our efforts have since expanded to include technical assistance to new city projects to design and implement their governance systems, research on governance and institutions, and our annual Charter Cities conference.

Since our founding, our team and network has scaled significantly. Tamara Winter, our Communications Lead, was hired in October 2018, and since the beginning of 2019 the team has grown to include Ramil Maharramov, Director of Partnerships, Kurtis Lockhart, Economics Researcher, and Jeffrey Mason, Research Associate.

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