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The 15-Minute City: Nurturing Communities For Smarter Cities

By Joe Appleton on Jul 1, 2020 12:38:20 PM

The term “smart city” has a different meaning for different people. For most, it conjures up a vision of a technologically-advanced metropolis, where citizens rely on smart gadgets to go about their daily lives. For others, the smart city concept describes government initiatives based on big data, technology and intelligent processes that improve the quality of life of a city’s residents. These aren’t incorrect definitions, they’re just two sides of a multi-faceted approach to urban development.

Technology and data are essential building blocks for creating a smart city. But it’s the city’s residents that can help enact the biggest changes. By introducing projects that focus on improving the lives of individuals and communities, smart cities can begin to grow on their own.

One of the most talked-about methods of transforming a city into a smarter city is by introducing 15-minute neighborhoods. More commonly known as a 15-minute city, or even a 20-minute city, these strategies focus on improving the lives of residents by making the city more accessible to everyone.

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Transit Smart City Sustainability Accessibility Urban Planning Urban Mobility Bicycle-Friendly Public Transport Paris 15-Minute City Melbourne Walkable 20-Minute Neighbourhood Hyper-Local
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Bob Bennett on the Role of Technology in Smart Cities and the Benefits for Citizens

By Lily Maxwell on Jul 10, 2019 10:46:02 AM

Bob Bennett, the former Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) of Kansas City talked in our Smart City Leader Interview Series - while he still was the CIO of Kansas City - about the importance of smart cities and smart citizens. He emphasized the role of technology and the benefits for citizens.

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Broadband Connectivity Innovation Smart City Public Private Partnership Smart Citizens Digital Inclusion Blockchain Future Cities Civic Participation CIO Infrastructure Smart City Initiatives Knowledge Sharing New Technologies Urban Infrastructure Smart Water Kansas City PPP Urban Data Platform Sensors Data Privacy
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Rob van Gijzel on the Importance of Smart Cities & Smart Citizens

By Lily Maxwell on Jun 10, 2019 8:12:22 PM

Rob van Gijzel, the former Mayor of Eindhoven and current Chairman of the Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) Foundation in New York and National Ambassador for the Blockchain Cities Coalition speaks about the importance of smart cities and smart citizens.

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Smart City Intelligent Community Forum Eindhoven Inclusivity Urban Innovation Blockchain Future Cities Regulation Sustainable Urban Development Smart City Initiatives New Technologies Rob van Gijzel Smart Society Humanize Data and Technology Smart City Strategies Socially Beneficial
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Boyd Cohen on the Future of Smart Cities: Sustainability, Technology & Citizen-Centricity

By Lily Maxwell on May 28, 2019 12:56:28 AM

The importance of smart cities & smart citizens: In our interview series, smart city leaders comment on the future of smart cities, the role of technology, and the benefits for citizens. In our second interview of the series, we have asked urban strategist and smart city expert Boyd Cohen to share his expertise, thoughts and insights with us on a number of important smart city topics.

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Co-Creation Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) Sustainability Renewable Energy Smart Citizens Urban Innovation Blockchain Blockchain Cities IoMob Urban Mobility Regulation Citizen-Centric Smart City Initiatives Urban Sustainability Happy Citizens Human-Centric Livable Cities Blockchain Cities Alliance
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Smart Cities and the Promise of Innovation in Public Services

By Jon Glasco on Apr 10, 2019 10:47:47 PM

There was a time when bells in town squares warned citizens of impending danger. Today, the bells ring again in the form of studies and media reports with warnings about urban problems that plague modern cities and resist solutions. Meanwhile, increasing numbers of people move to cities in pursuit of a higher quality of life. This is the story of cities: Citizens with big expectations versus the endurance of big city problems. It is a still-unfolding story with numerous villains: social inequality, traffic congestion, pollution, crime, unemployment, lack of affordable housing, aging infrastructure, public service shortfalls.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Smart Government Smart City Urban Innovation Future Cities Digital Transformation Quality of Life Smart Cities, Smart Future Digital City Smart City Initiatives Innovative Public Services Smart City Ecosystem Smart City Planning Services Innovation
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Will Smart City Technology Prevent Crime Before It Happens?

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Jan 29, 2019 11:21:12 PM

Law enforcement has been using technology to solve crimes for more than a century. Using technology to prevent crimes, however, is a relatively new idea. The movie Minority Report famously depicts a futuristic society in which police officers arrest people before they commit crimes. It’s a deeply disturbing movie with a not-too-subtle message about the danger of relying too heavily on technology.

Nevertheless, a small industry has emerged around the practice of predictive policing. New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, New Orleans and other cities have experimented with predictive policing programs. The experiments have been inconclusive and controversial. 

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Technology Public Safety Smart City Smart City Technology Smart Cities Safety Solutions Smart Cities, Smart Future Digital Technologies Digital City Smart City Initiatives Crime Prevention Privacy Surveillance Social Problems Crime
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10 Ways to Envision a Smart City

By Mike Barlow and Cornelia Levy-Bencheton on Nov 23, 2018 3:55:12 PM

What is a smart city and how is it different from our traditional notion of a city? There is no single definition for a smart city. The term itself is a moving target and every city is different.

That said, here are 10 ideas that can help us envision and define the smart city concept:

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Technology Smart City Definition Bottom-Up Strategy Co-Creation Smart Collaboration Smart City Smart Cities Urban Planning Future Cities Smart Cities, Smart Future Mike Barlow Cornelia Lévy-Bencheton Design Thinking Infrastructure Digital Technologies Data Science New Localism City Planning Human-Centered Design
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Jonathan Reichental on the Importance of Smart Cities & Smart Citizens

By Lily Maxwell on Oct 10, 2018 12:00:29 PM

The importance of smart cities & smart citizens: In our new interview series, smart city leaders comment on the future of smart cities, the role of technology, and the benefits for citizens. In our first interview of the series, we have asked Jonathan Reichental, CIO of Palo Alto, California to share his expertise, thoughts and insights with us on a number of important smart city topics.

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Smart City Strategy Smart City Solutions Energy Innovation Smart City Smart City Technology Smart Citizens Smart Cities Mobility Future Cities Palo Alto PaloAlto311 Jonathan Reichental Citizen Empowerment Local Government Regulation Procurement Public Transport Leadership Urban Challenges CIO Environment Transportation Housing Quality of Life
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Blockchain Technologies: The Next Frontier of Smart Cities - Part 2

By Lily Maxwell on Aug 20, 2018 10:06:01 AM

As we discussed in our previous article (Blockchain: The Next Frontier of Smart Cities - Part 1), blockchain has the potential to transform our communities, making the places we call home more collaborative, democratic and sustainable places. It is no surprise then, that a whole bunch of cities - from Santiago de Chile, Toronto, Tel Aviv, Oslo, and Milan, to London, and Stockholm - are already developing blockchain-based projects. Dubai is going even further, aiming to become the world’s first fully ‘blockchain-powered city’ by 2020. Lofty ideals aside, as we examined in part 1, blockchain does actually seem to offer some concrete benefits for communities, as we shall see below.

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Smart City Solutions Collective Intelligence Transparency Smart City Internet of Things (IoT) Smart Cities Decentralized Governance Democratic Participation Blockchain Data Security Data Control Blockchain Cities IoMob Security Behavioral Change Trust Safety
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Blockchain: The Next Frontier of Smart Cities - Part 1

By Lily Maxwell on Aug 10, 2018 12:06:36 PM

Blockchain is a hot topic. Until very recently, it was associated almost exclusively with cryptocurrency - bitcoin, ethereum etc. However, the power of blockchain to revolutionize the way we exchange goods and services, and transform how we govern - above and beyond the cryptocurrency hype - is increasingly being recognized. When it comes to cities, the transformative potential of this technology is enormous. From enabling P2P energy-sharing systems, as in New York’s ‘Transactive Grid’, which allows local residents to generate, buy and sell their own solar energy, to encouraging behavioral change - for instance through SocialCoin’s blockchain and AI-based ‘social good’ currency (see e.g. the Citibeats solution) - and much more - blockchain is offering new opportunities to create more economically, environmentally and socially sustainable communities. As such, blockchain is likely to be an increasingly central enabler of smart city innovation worldwide. In this article, we will explore the potential benefits of blockchain in an urban context.

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Collective Intelligence Smart Collaboration Smart City Smart Cities Decentralized Governance Democratic Participation Blockchain Shared Ownership Data Security Data Control Blockchain Cities IoMob CityMapper
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