Detroit Skyline

Transforming Detroit into a Smarter City

Detroit is at a tipping point. The city’s outmigration has led to city planning and funding challenges, forcing Detroit and its residents to reinvent the city. The challenges Detroit faces also offer an opportunity and a platform for discussion about alternative urban futures that are relevant for all cities. As Detroit explores ways to rebuild a “smarter” city and embed …

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What Role Will the Innovation Economy Play in Disrupting Economic Inequality?

A call to dialogue with fellow attendees of Meeting of the Minds 2014 At Meeting of the Minds 2014, we’ll …

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Mesh Network Components

Scaling Community Technology

For the past four years, the Open Technology Institute (OTI) and the Allied Media Projects (AMP) have been working with …

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How women in Malawi are turning waste into wealth

by Charles Mkula LILONGWE, Malawi — As the sun rises, Norah Baziwell leaves her family home here in the crowded …

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Survey Says: General Population Lacks Awareness on Smart Cities

According to a report released this summer by the United Nations, over half of the world’s population lives in cities, …

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City Aerial

The Pursuit of Civic Innovation ROI

Conventional wisdom on Civic Innovation is that we have all the right ingredients to change government: The timing, the talent, …

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For cities switching to LED street lamps, a place to see the light

by Annemarie Zinck ALBERTSLUND, Denmark — If you’ve ever bought a compact fluorescent light bulb, or one of the newer LEDs, …

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Broken Windows At An Abandoned St. Louis Factory

In the Wake of Ferguson, Regeneration in St. Louis

St. Louis was ranked 8 of 18 post-industrial cities studied in our Policy Focus Report Regenerating America’s Legacy Cities, and the …

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Can an app for borrowing housewares make neighborhoods stronger?

by Letty Reimerink AMSTERDAM, The Netherlands  —  This city might not have become a global hub of the “sharing economy” …

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