In Greek mythology, Scylla is a six-headed sea monster that eats sailors who sail too close. Charybdis is a whirlpool capable of swallowing your ship whole. The only problem is, you have to sail right between Scylla and Charybdis to discover what’s beyond.
Getting to a new place with your packaging can be a lot like that.
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The interdisciplinary firm 300.000 km/s has created Geographies of Innovation, an elaborated data visualization site which maps factors that influence where innovation occurs in Barcelona. This project has been developed under the direction of Vicente Guallart, chief architect of the city since 2011, and aims to assess the urban conditions for a suitable implementation of innovative initiatives. Beyond their individual success, the impact of research and innovation facilities is evaluated on an urban scale.
Citigroup has just released a report projecting European and American banks are going to cut over 1.7 million jobs in the next 10 years. The reason… fintech advancements. This estimate represents close to 30% of current staff levels and is in addition to the 750K jobs that have already been shed since the financial crisis.
Braden Kelley is a popular innovation keynote speaker who does workshops, masterclasses, webinars, white papers, and training for organizations all around the world on innovation and change management.
A fuel cell for space. Batteries that use air. A way to tap pine trees and extract biofuels like maple syrup from a maple tree. These are just some of the “out-there” energy innovations that researchers and entrepreneurs are hard at work building in labs across the U.S., and which were on display at the fifth annual energy innovation-focused ARPA-E Summit this week.
Innovation is increasingly popular in international development. The last ten years have seen new initiatives, funds, and pilots aplenty. While some of this involves genuinely novel and experimental approaches, we have also seen — perhaps inevitably — some re-branding, spin and posturing. This has led to a degree of justifiable backlash and cynicism — even the Financial Times weighed in, describing international development as having caught ‘an innovation fever’.
One of the most common problems densely populated megacities are traffic jams. To combat them, the authorities sometimes go to extreme measures, such as introducing road fees for travel or limiting the amount entering the city limits of machinery.
Along with labor shortages, increasing regulations and lot availability problems, one issue spans all sectors of the construction industry, leaving professionals fraught with concern. That issue is productivity.
What does a Smart City look like? This video from Urbiotica and Cisco offers one interpretation. Don't be surprised by its apparent simplicity. On the surface a Smart or MESH City will look like any other clean, healthy, and well-managed city.
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