Cities today are being pulled in two different and contradictory directions: They're being told to work smarter but to not spend any more taxpayer dollars doing it, a modern variation of the age-old paradox of "doing more with less."

As the silver tsunami rolls on, a younger generation of workers is entering the workforce and redefining the way things are run. From urban planning to corporate strategy, cities are being reshaped by the whims and actions of millennial shareholders.

When we organize an event we never fully realize how much difference so many details make.

Once again, Amsterdam’s Smart City Event put so many details in perspective, all of them important for the development of a smart strategy for cities, companies and other entities striving to put priorities in the citizen’s agenda when most of them don’t see the importance of it or don’t realize “What’s the good for us?”

Seven of the nation's fastest-growing cities are in Texas, according to new data. See how population changes in your city compare to others.

For the past three years, the IDC Smart City team has developed its top 10 predictions for the upcoming year.

Sitting at a table in Roxbury's Haley House Cafe & Bakery, Atyia Martin, Boston's first-ever Chief Resilience Officer, kept getting interrupted. First, a policeman shouted hello from his place in line ("Officer!" she replied, "Good, how are you sir?"), and then a city official stopped by to chat after getting his coffee.

For some cities, seeing their entire downtown leveled might signal the beginning of an unstoppable downward spiral. For Christchurch, New Zealand, however, the earthquake the city experienced in 2011 has actually kick-started a rebirth that has not just drawn international applause, but hopefully fired a permanent creative reboot for the city's culture.

City leaders around the world are facing challenges in a global environment that is rapidly changing and becoming more interconnected than at any point in our history. This creates many challenges, but it also provides avenues for solutions to those same challenges. In a recently released report, Leading Cities has published its findings on the application of co-creation techniques to the public sector, whereby the process is utilized as a method for helping city leaders address issues while increasing involvement by citizens.

What would it take for the City of Dallas to be prepared to quickly recover from a natural disaster? What type of planning and preparation could minimize the harm and shorten the recovery period of such an event? What are the long-term stresses challenging our community that weaken its fabric?

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