Cities need to compete for people, while city authorities need to build a dialogue with the residents
Cities began to compete for people, which means that their cities had to be the best in terms of quality of life, and not in one area, but in all of them at once. A person needs to study today, work tomorrow, get sick the day after tomorrow, go for a walk – he or she needs everything at once. It is a city that has to provide everything all at the same time. Only then it is a city of high quality, a city for the people — Sergey Sobyanin, Mayor of Moscow.
Today, a qualified request comes from the Muscovites: somewhere we are ready for a dialogue, somewhere we can tolerate something, somewhere we do not like something. The city that we have now makes us all tolerate something, and forces us to become more flexible in the dialogue, because after certain inconveniences are resolved the quality is created. It is this quality that allows us to develop. <...> You can look at monocities. <...> If a team is hungry for new knowledge, if they act professionally and interact with people – even if it is a town of 50 thousand residents – literally in a year or two people see huge changes — Igor Shuvalov, Chairman, VEB.RF.
Quality of life as a driver of economic growth is probably the defining trend in the global economy. We understand that the focus is on the people, their needs, hence the global economy is changing. There is a demand for a green economy, for a circular economy. It is a global trend that will determine the structure of the global economy for many years to come — Nikolai Podguzov, Chairman of the Management Board, Eurasian Development Bank.