Photo essay: Civil servants grow as leaders in the Global Mayors Challenge

November 10, 2021

For city leaders participating in the 2021 Global Mayors Challenge, the contest is about more than coming up with big ideas or hoping to win $1 million to implement them. It’s also about professional growth. While prototyping their proposals, local leaders learn to engage residents in new ways, to challenge their own assumptions, and to help city hall teams find more innovative ways of solving problems. In this photo essay, our team of Bloomberg Cities photographers celebrates some of the civil servants behind the 50 urban innovations that are finalists in the competition.