Why is it so difficult to fix our cities?
Ravichandar, Honorary Director of Bangalore International Centre (BIC), will share out-of-the-box ideas to make our cities more liveable for all sections of society.
Ravichandar will identify the key challenges that make it difficult to fix our cities. This involves areas of third tier disempowerment, governance structure, parastatals, agency silos, lack of outcome focus/competence/citizen participation, corruption and more.
He will then list a few out-of-the-box ideas as potential solution building blocks to make our cities more liveable for all sections of society.
About the Speaker
Ravichandar is a self-described Civic Evangelist and Patron Saint of Lost Causes. He has over two decades of pro bono involvement in the civic space. He was a member of the Bangalore Agenda Task Force from 2000 – 2004 when he authored the self-assessment scheme of Property tax.
He was one of the four Bangaloreans who helped catalyse the JN-NURM in 2005. Ravichandar conceived and set up the City Connect platform for business to engage with local government — this was operational in 5 cities. In Bangalore, it led to the Tender SURE roads.
From 2016 to 2019, Ravichandar was a member of the 3‑member expert committee on restructuring Bangalore’s governance and administration.
Ravichandar is currently Honorary Director of Bangalore International Centre (BIC), an example of a privately enabled space being a public one for the city. He is a Mechanical Engineer from BITS, Pilani and has an MBA from IIM Ahmedabad.