The RSA’s primer on the sharing economy guides readers through the recent evolution of the sector, focusing in particular on the meteoric rise of some online platforms and what this means for us all. The report clarifies existing and emergent business models and present a new frame for making sense of the trend towards sharing platforms.
Archive for 2016
A new report from the Martin Prosperity Institute used detailed data from Thomson Reuters to chart the world’s leading centers for venture capital investment. These data provide granular information on venture capital investment globally as well as the geographic location of venture investments. Worldwide venture capital investment amounted to $42 billion dollars in 2012 and is spread across more than 150 cities and metro regions.
Accenture’s Technology Vision report pinpoints the emerging IT developments that will have the greatest impact on companies, government agencies, and other organizations in the next three to five years. The 2016 version investigates five trends behind a ‘people-first’ approach: Intelligent automation, liquid workforces, the platform economy, predictable disruption and digital trust.
The “Apps Challenge Playbook: A Step by Step Guide to Planning & Running Your Own Apps Challenge”, created by the City of Palo Alto, documents the process of a multi-month community apps competition. It is a valuable resource for the communities, which run app challenges in order to benefit from the solutions that citizens build for their towns and cities.
P[art]icipatory Urbanisms is a compilation of interviews with urban practitioners and a critical anthology of peer-reviewed articles, examining the triangulation of urban participation, aesthetics, and politics.
John D. Macomber, a senior lecturer at Harvard Business School, argues that private entrepreneurs and civic entrepreneurs need to match smart cities projects to specific circumstances. He proposes to break cities into four segments across two distinctions: legacy vs. new cities, and developed vs. emerging economies. The opportunities to innovate will differ greatly by segment.