Institute for the Study of Succession and Continuity


 
Ten Most Significant Cities on Earth
For the longevity of present-day civilization 
 
By the ISSC Team
November 4, 2010
 
How can a city-state exist for 2,000 years without being a military superpower?
Why are some cities prime targets for terrorists?
What makes a land-locked city so significant in global affairs?
 
Metropolitan areas are some of the most important places in the world.
 
But just what cities are crucial to the continuity of present-day civilization?
What do we need to protect and what can we afford to destroy?
 
For tens of thousands of years humanity has survived without the two-people population of Eden, twin-sin cities of Sodom and Gomorrah, Jericho, Babylon, and more recently we saw the destruction of Hiroshima, Nagazaki, the bombing of Berlin, the contamination of Chernobyl, and the flooding of New Orleans.
 
To determine what we cannot do without, the ISSC Team has compiled a list of “The 10 Most Significant Cities on Earth.”
 
These cities are the global standard of the urban way of life. Other towns and cities revolve around them and follow their lead. There's a huge difference between cities that are museums (economies of tourism, history and nostalgia), and those that are metropolises (economies of history, invention, innovation and tourism). In other words, without these centers of conurbation we’d be in the middle ages.
 
To create this list we asked the following questions:
If we destroy this city, what do we collectively lose as a civilization?
Can we replace it?
 
Then on a scale of one to ten, we used these questions and graded the city according to the following criteria:
 
Value of the Population Pool – the collective human capital of the people residing in and around the area. It includes level of educational attainment, the supply and demand for education, learning and information, and the ability to distribute their individual and/or collective knowledge to others around the world.
 
Value of Infrastructure – the cost to build and operate the city, consequently leading to continuous economic growth and job creation.
 
Concentration of Global Information – knowledge and information accumulated about the universe, made available to the rest of the world’s population.
 
Diversity of Cultural base – the assortment of race, color, creed, political and religious affiliations, beliefs and practices that lead to vibrant and dynamic creativity, innovation and discoveries.
 
Source of Global Leadership – the city’s population is responsible for, and make decisions in behalf of, the rest of the world. This includes responsibilities towards global political affairs and the decision-making capabilities for, and influence in, global economics.
 
These criteria are then tested and
compared with other cities that lack such capabilities.
 
Forget rich cities. Today, wealth can be transferred in an instant using technology.
Think longevity. Many of us will pass away, but these cities will continue to stand.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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