In the early days of American government, engagement with citizens was composed of letters, spirited speeches at city hall and the occasional revolution. Today, after waning and resurging, waning and resurging, the interactions between people and their government have largely taken a new form.... read more
How do you engage citizens when most of them don't have time or interest in attending local government meetings?
Anyone who doubts that creativity is abundant in the public sector need only scroll through the lists of semifinalists and "Bright Ideas" recognized by the Harvard Kennedy School's Innovations in American Government awards program. The programs being highlighted for this year signal a growing... read more
Earlier this month, Illinois enacted a first-of-its-kind law that forces all beauty professionals -- including barbers, hairstylists and nail technicians -- to take domestic violence training. As of Jan. 1, beauty professionals must participate in an hour of instruction on how to recognize and... read more
When it comes to improving cities, not much is certain, but of two things I am sure: The secret s lies in collaboration -- getting numerous independent interests working in coordinated ways on big problems. And one of the secrets of effective collaboration is knowing what each partner is good at... read more
I've gotten a lot of Twitter feedback on the list of the 100 zip codes with the thickest bubbles posted last week. Before turning to the unbubbliest zip codes in the next post, let me respond to the most common objections using three actual tweets as takeoff points.
“Cities are fantastically dynamic places, and this is strikingly true of their successful parts, which offer a fertile ground for the plans of thousands of people.”
— Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities
No one doubts the influence of new concepts, sharing and creative economy in developing Smart Cities. Since the eighties, the American economist and social scientist Richard Florida has explored the role of the creative class in urban development and wealth.
From sunup until sundown, the Fira de Barcelona’s Gran Via center buzzed with the chatter of innovation. The sixth edition of the Smart City Expo World Congress had begun.
By any metric, Atlanta is a Smart Cities leader. A regional leader and hub, the city serves as a shining beacon as to what cities across not just the South, but the nation, can accomplish.