'Ms. Keesmaat ends her article with an urgent call: "all hands on deck". City building is now the most important task we face. The task is daunting - local, national and international cooperation is needed.' Sustainable Cities Collective (SCC) offer valuable insights into the kinds of policy trends we will see in response to the circumstances of the 21st century. As well as a greater integration of multiple intelligences between city officials and governments at all levels the challenges presented to us in the near and not too distant future calls for open data, partnership building across market, state and civic, and the mobilizing of the the collective intelligence of our citizenry. As the cuts to local expenditure deepens we ar eseeing the continued move to even greater shared service delivery between town halls. The next step (as SCC highlight) demands integration of residents 'in the planning and management of local services' with 'the premium placed on good governance and professionalism,' increasing complexity of challenges - necessitating a need for new forms of governance based on peer to peer relations and cross-sector partnerships in deliberative governance. These new forms serving commons-based sustainability and thriveable urban futures.