URENIO Watch: Intelligent cities – smart cities – innovation ecosystems

The World’s Smart21 Communities of 2015

smart21-2015The Intelligent Community Forum today named the world’s Smart21 Communities of 2015. The Smart21 Communities of 2015 is comprised of five communities from the United States, four communities from Australia, four communities from Taiwan, three communities from Canada, and one community each from Brazil, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya and New Zealand. Continue reading…

Re-imagining Cities

reimagine_citiesIn cities around the world, digital platforms are bringing together citizens and service providers in innovative ways. In a recent post on Medium Stefaan Verhulst, Co-Founder and Chief of R&D and Julia Root, Adjunct Fellow at the GovLab write about the ways in which we observe cities re-imagining themselves. The authors point to four distinct ways that cities are redefining how they plan, build and invest in their futures. Continue reading…

White Paper: Smart Cities and the Energy Cloud

2014_10_WP-SCEC-14-Navigant-ResearchThis Navigant Research white paper examines the critical issues facing cities and utilities as they develop the energy policies needed in the century of the city. The emerging vision is of smart cities that integrate large and small-scale energy initiatives ranging from improvements in national infrastructure through citywide energy efficiency programs to local energy generation. Continue reading…

Most Innovative Cities 2014

cnn-icCNNMoney’s “Most Innovative Cities” list and the stories that accompany it are just a snapshot into what’s happening in America’s urban environments. In surveying experts, we heard about more than 50 U.S. cities — and the mayors behind them — that are championing creative solutions. Continue reading…

Policies for Community Wealth Building: Leveraging State and Local Resources

PoliciesForCommunityWealthBuildingA new report, published by Democracy Collaborative, is a representative survey of some key emerging best practices in state and local policy-making to support community wealth building—designed to support economic inclusion goals, create quality jobs with family-supporting wages, address generational poverty, stabilize communities and the environment, and address growing wealth inequality. Continue reading…

The Age of Megacities

The_Age_of_Megacities_-_2014-10-15_01.58.03“The Age of Megacities”, an engaging Esri project, maps the growth of ten global megacities by examining the expanding urban footprint of each city over the past 100 years. The Esri team has selected 10 international cities to show the wind-whistling clip of modern development. Continue reading…

Participatory Budgeting Projects Worldwide

PBHeaderShareable news site published 15 projects from around the world that demonstrate the potential of the Participatory Budgeting process. Participatory budgeting, in which people decide together how a portion of a government’s (or organization’s) budget is spent, is a proven way to give decision-making power to the people. It enables citizens to play an active role in shaping their community and creates more transparent governments. Continue reading…

Best Practice Guide for Cloud and As-A-Service Procurements

2014-09-08_102704This guide, built upon the collaborative work of state and local government and industry executives, outlines and explains the changes needed for more flexible and agile procurement processes. Specifically, the guide includes direction on issues like security, audits and breach notification; terms and conditions and templates for SaaS, PaaS and Iaas models; Continue reading…

Smart Cities Open Data Guide

SmartCitiesCouncil-OpenDataGuideSmart Cities Council published a guide which contains advice, best practices and tools for creating a data-driven city. The Smart Cities Open Data Guide captures lessons learned and best practices from cities that blazed the open data trail, to provide city leaders and staff a starting point to chart their own initiatives. Continue reading…

Smart specialisation in Europe, EJIM special issue

EJIM, 17-4The special issue on Research and Innovation Strategies for Smart Specialisation in Europe, published by the European Journal of Innovation Management (Vol.17-4), guest editor Mikel Landabaso, contains 6 papers that focus on an important topic in the current debate about the new industrial policy for Europe and also as a successful crisis exit strategy Continue reading…