CivWorld is an initiative hosted by the Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society at the CUNY Graduate Center in New York City, where CivWorld’s founder and president, Dr. Benjamin Barber, is a senior research scholar. Dr. Barber’s research focuses on the evaluation of democratic structures and systems with the goal of supporting further sustainable development of democracy in an interdependent world. CivWorld oversees a number of related projects whose objective is to raise public awareness and develop transnational solutions to various global challenges to democracy. Several of these innovative projects include: Interdependence Day, Working Group on Global Governance, Art of Common Space, and Civic Interdependence Curriculum.
From 2013 to 2015, NOMIS supported CivWorld’s pioneering efforts to establish a “global parliament of mayors” based on Dr. Barber’s book, “If Mayors Ruled the World: Dysfunctional Nations, Rising Cities,” as well as various other research activities related to CivWorlds’s Global Interdependence Initiative.
The project was led by Dr. Benjamin R. Barber (1939–2017) at The City University of New York.