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Big Data => Smart City

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The United Nations anticipates that by 2050 more than two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. With a world population of around 9.3 billion people

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2050, 6bn people in cities . . . 

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Weird Is Good: What Portland's Economy Can Teach Every City in the World

Weird Is Good: What Portland's Economy Can Teach Every City in the World | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
Easily dismissed as a hippie's post-capitalist dream, Portland has discovered that quirkiness and differentiation is simply good business
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CITIES - the enabling urban environment : . . . "The common thread through all these efforts is differentiation. Post-recession, U.S. metros seem to be rediscovering what makes them special, the distinctiveness of what they make or provide and sell to the world, rather than what makes them the same. Today, as Portland demonstrates, notions of globalization recognize that all cities are fueled, to different degrees, by global investment and connected, in distinctive ways, via global commerce and exchange. Peter Marcuse and Ronald Van Kempen use the term globalizing cities to reflect that: "...(almost) all cities are touched by the process of globalization and ... involvement in that process is not a matter of being either at the top or the bottom of it, but rather of the nature and extent of influence of the process."    The global economy is essentially operating as a network of globalizing metros that naturally trade together because of natural links between their major companies and universities, driving economic clusters and financial and migration flows. Portland shares a common focus on sustainable development (and an emerging cluster of like minded firms) with Copenhagen, Stockholm, Curitiba, and Singapore. Madrid, Hong Kong, and Dubai are centers of media and information. Nagoya, Stuttgart, and Detroit are globally significant manufacturing hubs. The Hague, Brussels, Washington, New York, Geneva, and Nairobi are centers of global decision-making. Boston, Cambridge, and Nanjing are important nodes in the global academic network."

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Living Together Tomorrow: Urbanization and Global Public Goods

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Urbanization - "Now we know that cities across the globe—particularly in Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia and East Asia—are growing fast at an unprecedented scale. Most growth will be in small- and medium-sized cities. Projections range, but most estimate an increase from about 3.5 billion urbanites today to about 4.3 billion in 2025 (Hoornweg and Bhada-Tata, 2012) to 5.6 billion by 2040 (Shell Scenarios, 2013). We also know that demand for resources and services is going to balloon— McKinsey estimates that there will be about 600 million new middle class consumers in emerging market cities by 2025. These folks—roughly totaling the current combined population of the US, Brazil, and Mexico—are going to want more cars, air conditioners, rib-eye steaks, tuna tartar, trips to the Great Barrier Reef and Glacier National Park, and all the other fine things that wealth brings. Who blames them? I sure don’t." Ackn. WB.org

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100 Resilient CIties - Rockefeller Foundation

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The Rockefeller Foundation is hosting a global conversation on resilience and selecting 100 Resilient Cities, ready to withstand disasters and bounce back.
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urbanization in the 21st century- " . . .  businesses to build their own resilience – and that of their workforce – to potential crises in the larger community. This means moving beyond contingency plans to keep the office running to ensuring gasoline, food supplies and shelter is available for employees critical to those processes. This has wider benefits – prolonged economic losses erode the tax base and can lead to layoffs down the road, both of which can further exacerbate the vulnerabilities of the population.

To provide the risk capital that will allow cities to begin planning and acting on resilience strategies, the Rockefeller Foundation is making a $100m commitment to building urban resilience. As part of this effort, the100 Resilient Cities Centennial Challenge will select 100 cities to receive funding to hire a chief resilience officer, support to develop a resilience plan, and access a suite of innovative services, including technical support for big data analytics and leveraging private financing.  -  Cities don't have to wait until after a crisis hits to benefit from resilience efforts, nor should they. Many resilience-building strategies – such as improving water and solid waste management, implementing energy-saving smart grid technology, or adding options for rapid transit – also increase the efficiency, livability and vibrancy of cities every day."

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CONVERSABLE ECONOMIST: Global Urbanization and the ...

"Urbanization matters. In the past two decades, developing countries have urbanized rapidly, with the number of people living in urban settlements rising from about 1.5 billion in 1990 to 3.6 billion (more than half of the world's ...
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URBANIZATION - "Slums are the urban face of poverty and emerge when cities are unable to meet the demand for basic services and to supply the expected jobs. A likely 1 billion people live in urban slums in developing countries, and their numbers are projected to grow by nearly 500 million between now and 2020. Slums are growing the fastest in Sub-Saharan Africa, southeastern Asia, and western Asia. Currently, 62 percent of Africa’s urban population lives in slums. ...Those in slums lack ownership of property, or even  clearly legal rentals; poor services of many kinds; informal employment only, lack of access to credit and services."

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4 Big Ideas to Revolutionize Transportation | WRI Insights

4 Big Ideas to Revolutionize Transportation | WRI Insights | GIBSIccURATION | Scoop.it
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transport enabling urbanization

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