Over the past five years, partners at The DNA of Cities have written a number of books, articles and reports on the inherited traits and global identity of cities.


The Ten Traits of Global Fluency

December 12th, 2016

This report, written in conjunction with Brookings Institution in Washington DC, reviewed the histories of 42 cities worldwide to observe the core factors that enable some cities to learn the 'vocabulary' of openness and global exchange.

The report identified several inherited factors – 'assets, characteristics, and relationships a city initially gains by happenstance, as a product and participant of history, geography, culture, and politics.' Lessons from the 42 cities also highlighted that 'Today's successful intentional efforts become part of the [city's] inherited traits.'