Living MIT graduates who have started and built for-profit companies do not qualify as a nation. However, if they did, they’d be the world’s 10th largest economy, with gross revenue falling between the GDP of Russia ($2.097 trillion) and India ($1.877 trillion), according to a recently released report.
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This book brings together work by leading social innovation researchers globally, exploring the practice and process of researching social innovation, its nature and effects. Combining theoretical chapters and empirical studies, it shows how social innovation is blurring traditional boundaries between the market, the state and civil society, thereby developing new forms of services, relationships and collaborations.
This report, produced for the European Commission DG Environment, aims to provide local government actors and stakeholders with a concise guide to the best currently available indicator tools for sustainable cities, focusing on the environmental dimension. The tools summarised herein were chosen based on scalability and ease of use, and the positive and negative aspects of each for different situations of cities are addressed, along with real-world case studies that demonstrate how they can be implemented.
Community wealth building is a systems approach to economic development that creates an inclusive, sustainable economy built on locally rooted and broadly held ownership. The aim is to create a new system that enables inclusive enterprises and communities to thrive and helps families increase economic security.
The report describes how communities can approach the full scope of the 21st century’s challenges equitably and sustainably. It is a resource for local leaders and activists, and a contribution to the larger public conversation about resilience in human communities. It also provides a conceptual starting point for community resilience that we will build on in future products focused on practical actions and tools.
Research firm IDC revealed ten predictions for the 2016 Smart City agenda. The IDC Smart City team outlines also key recommendations for government leaders who want to understand trends impacting IT investments and determine the best course for strategic planning.
A new World Bank Group report analyzes what makes a city competitive and how more cities can grow their economies. According to the report, improving the competitiveness of cities is a vital pathway to eliminating extreme poverty and promoting prosperity for a country’s citizens. If every average city had managed to do as well as a competitive city, the world would have added 19 million new jobs in 2012 alone.