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OpEdNews Article: A Challenge for Local Leaders - Roanoke's U.Lab Hub

OpEdNews Article: A Challenge for Local Leaders - Roanoke's U.Lab Hub | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it
This article extends a challenge to local leaders through an upcoming Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) instructed by Otto Scharmer at MIT. Roanoke's U.Lab Hub subsequently invites community members to "learn how to create profound innovation in a time of disruptive change by leading from the emerging future".
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"In conclusion then, but for these same reasons, a key premise of "Toward Integral Economic Democracy" is anchored in the supposition "that by better attending to the conscious processes by which we derive meaning . . . co-creative awareness" is capable of birthing "remarkably new modes of thought and system design across multiple disciplines including learning, leadership, economics, and governance" [emphasis added] (McConnell 1). And therein lies the challenge . . . can we talk about it?"

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An Organic Approach to City Design -

An Organic Approach to City Design - | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it
In the quest for developing sustainable and liveable cities of the future, the urban planners, designers and architects should take a step back.
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This highly intelligent and well written article by Anders Berg Poulsen featuring MIT Media Lab Director Joi Ito reflects  the reasons the university is at the leading edge of emerging thought, innovation and design.

"By creating interfaces that allows for interdisciplinary collaborations between intuitive and data-oriented people, the disciplines can talk together. Thus breaking down the silos of isolated knowledge, which enables the stakeholders to recognize their shared interests. This could prove valuable, when innovation is no longer about perfection, but the willingness to try."

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OpenIDEO - How might we restore vibrancy in cities and regions facing economic decline? - Realisation

OpenIDEO - How might we restore vibrancy in cities and regions facing economic decline? - Realisation | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it
OpenIDEO is a global community that will draw on your optimism, inspiration, ideas and opinions to solve problems together for the collective social good.
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This site was suggested to me as a reference by the Design Thinking Action Lab at Stanford's d.school.  OpenIDEO describes itself as an "open innovaton platform for social good".  I like that . . .

 

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Implementing Smarter Cities Through Better Governance | The World Financial Review

Implementing Smarter Cities Through Better Governance | The World Financial Review | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it
By Joan Enric Ricart, Pascual Berrone, Juan Manuel Barrionuevo & Asun Cano Escoriaza Urban areas are facing great challenges as their socio-economic
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By way of follow-up to UN-Habitat's publication of "State of the World's Cities 2012/2013", this article's authors contend "that a city could be called 'smart' if it fulfils four conditions: Sustainable, Connected, Innovative, and Equitable".  They also "argue that urban strategies can be made more efficient if the "six levers of change" are taken into account" and further add that "(a)dopting this "smart governance" approach can help cities in the implementation of their path towards success".

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Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time

Religion, Science, and Spirit: A Sacred Story for Our Time | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it
Is it possible that the human future depends upon a new sacred story—a story that gives us a reason to care? Could it be a story already embraced by a majority, although it has neither institutional support nor a place in the public conversation?
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David Korten has written a brillantly articulated overview of contemporary society.  This article affords an orienting framework from which those so inclined, can begin to adopt a new, sacred story as a first step towards global transformation.

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A New Economic Story of "Money & Life"

A New Economic Story of ’’Money & Life’’ From a blog article by the same title . . . Powerpoint Templates
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This PowerPoint presentation was shown at Roanoke's Earth Day celebration Saturday, April 20th in anticipation of the city's upcoming premier of "Money & Life" on the 25th and 26th.  It's an overview of a recently published article by the same title.

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The Top 10 Smartest Cities In North America

The Top 10 Smartest Cities In North America | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it

"Some cities are adding high-tech infrastructure. Some are implementing revolutionary sustainability plans. Others are fostering innovative business and science developments. But which city combines these qualities and others to be the smartest city?

The rankings are based on a device I developed called the Smart Cities Wheel, which contains six key components of smart cities and three key drivers for each component. The data sources used are included below. The only data source not currently publicly available is the U.S. e-governance rankings conducted by the E-Governance Institute at Rutgers University. I am grateful to Dr. Marc Holzer and his team for agreeing to forward me their latest rankings which have not yet been published.

The best rankings would involve a large scale effort to capture primary data directly from cities on more than 100 indicators. Resources do not permit that, so I hope these rankings still provide cities with some basis for comparison. Here, then, are the top 10 cities in North America"

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City and Mind

City and Mind | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it

"The city takes us over. More than an environment it penetrates us; more than a fixed enclosure it shifts with our every behavior. The city, like a giant octopus swimming in the deep, swallows us whole and begins to shape us along its grooves and edges. It swims through the surrounding boundaries thrashing into rock, water, and sand. So much steel and glass metabolizes in our minds and shades the contours of our perceptions. It assigns to us new notions of speed, velocity, and distance; we expand along its metallic curves moving upwards into the condensing droplets of clouds. Its infrastructure percolates with the flow of oil, gas, and concrete; its hum sounds like cancer; its electronic lights glow like a million terrestrial stars. The city is vast, but it rests on the edge of continents like a small nebula floating in deep space."

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The City 2.0 Online Conference - Invitation

The City 2.0 Online Conference - Invitation | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it

We hold a radically optimistic vision for our collective future...


And we know that creating the global solutions we hope for will require the perspectives, expertise, and passion of many people. That’s why we’re gathering together leaders and city-zens the world over for a virtual Conference to dream the future of the city — the City 2.0.  


We’re putting our heads and hearts together.  We’re making a bold commitment to co-creating a brighter future for the entire human hive. And we want your help.


Join this free virtual exploration


So what is the City 2.0 conference exactly?


Well, it's a virtual conference that starts on September 4th featuring 50 visionaries, designers, teachers, and leading edge practitioners from different industries, sectors and disciplines, from all over the world, for a conversation about the future of the city.


We’ll dream, dialogue, and design together.  We want your voice to be included.

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Anchoring Wealth to Sustain Cities and Population Growth

Anchoring Wealth to Sustain Cities and Population Growth | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it

To meet the intersecting challenges of population growth and environmental degradation, the U.S. must abandon its “throwaway city” habit, which creates abandoned spaces like this factory in Fort Worth, Texas. Instead, community wealth strategies, like cooperatives, can be used to anchor capital in place.


In Brief There will be at least 100 million more Americans by 2050, and likely 150 million more. Yet the cities that will house them are so spatially and economically unstable that it is impossible to do much beyond superficial sustainability planning.

 

[Dan notes: The full article offers a number of solutions being undertaken in Cleveland.]


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An Integral Urban Community - Roanoke: Urban Practice, Mindfulness, Theory U, and the Emerging Future

An Integral Urban Community - Roanoke: Urban Practice, Mindfulness, Theory U, and the Emerging Future | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it

Published in September, "A Marriage of Sense and Soul" pointed to a "psychosocial" condition various thought leaders including Ken Wilber has referred to as dissociation, Charles Eisenstein termsseparation, and Otto Scharmer in his recently issued, "Leading from the Emerging Future" frames in three parts. These gaps are depicted as anecological divide between "self and nature", asocial divide involving a "disconnect between self and other", and a spiritual-cultural divide reflecting "a disconnect between self and Self--that is, between one's current "self" and the emerging future "Self" that represents one's greatest potential" (Scharmer, Introduction 4).

Brian McConnell's insight:

"I find it ironic that in the midst of such wide scale planetary crisis, viable alternatives, at least in theory; are both so plentiful and accessible. Consequently, and in a recently written article entitled, "Urban Practice, Mindfulness, Theory U, and the Emerging Future" I point out how several prominent thinkers share virtually a consensus of insight as to the root of the global problems with which humankind is currently grappling." excerpt from, "Leading an Urban Mandate for Economic Democracy"

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Three mistakes we're still making about Smart Cities

Three mistakes we're still making about Smart Cities | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it
(I was asked this week to contribute my view of the present state of the Smart Cities movement to the UK Government's launch of it's Smart Cities forum, which will report to the Government's Inform...
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Rick Robinson extends an objective, well qualified assessment of the Smart Cities movement as "an Executive Architect at IBM specialising in emerging technologies and Smarter Cities."
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A Marriage of Sense and Soul: Embodying Integral Leadership in the City 2.0 | Integral Leadership Review

A Marriage of Sense and Soul: Embodying Integral Leadership in the City 2.0 | Integral Leadership Review | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it

"Abstract: Identified as a facet of psychosocial experience in something Ken Wilber has termed dissociation, this article looks at similarly related phenomenology as recounted by various others in apportioning its pathological effects across a broad swath of global consciousness.  Advocating contemplative practice as a mode for translating theory to application, the article also shows how urban practitioners are initiating communities (CoP) to localize socioeconomic innovation."

Brian McConnell's insight:

This article explores both the depth and limits of human freedom from the perspective of conscious evolution.  In other words, and after viewing the current planetary crisis as reflecting widespread systemic failing, it proposes that urban practitioners develop (CoP) methodologies (e.g. a praxis) as a practical step towards "evolutionary reconstruction".

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UN-HABITAT

UN-HABITAT | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it

"The City is the Home of Prosperity. It is the place where human beings find satisfaction of basic needs and access to essential public goods. The city is also where ambitions, aspirations and other material and immaterial aspects of life are realized, providing contentment and happiness. It is a locus at which the prospects of prosperity and individual and collective well-being can be increased"

Brian McConnell's insight:

"What this new edition of State of the World's Cities shows is that prosperity for all has been compromised by a narrow focus on economic growth. UN-Habitat suggests a fresh approach to prosperity beyond the solely economic emphasis, including other vital dimensions such as quality of life, adequate infrastructures, equity and environmental sustainability."

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Integral City 2.0 - Roanoke: A New Economic Story of "Money & Life"

Integral City 2.0 - Roanoke: A New Economic Story of "Money & Life" | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it
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Producer/director Katie Teague returns to her hometown of Roanoke Virginia as part of a national ten-city tour premiering her new feature-length documentary, "Money & Life". The event will pose a rare opportunity for audience members to enlist the filmmaker's perspective in learning why her 'story about money' is so vitally important to empowering civil transformation.

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The Next Money: As the Big Economies Falter, Micro-Currencies Rise

The Next Money: As the Big Economies Falter, Micro-Currencies Rise | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it
More consumers are walking away from fiat currencies to drive commerce -- and society -- with new ways of buying.
Brian McConnell's insight:

"People everywhere are fed up with the status quo of the economy. With the passion our official institutions show for this tepid "recovery," many are concluding that progress will come not from the current system, which is after all what got us here in the first place, but from their own ingenuity and inventiveness. In pockets around the world, folks are declaring economic independence by starting small, local, but potentially revolutionary alternative currencies that could change not only how we buy goods and services -- but how we relate to one other in society. If these micro-currencies catch on, we could be witnessing the replacement of our monocultural monetary system, which emphasizes a certain sort of free market capitalism above all else, with a variety of currencies that will represent more diverse sets of values belonging to the groups that hold them."

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Transforming the City 2.0: Project Epignosis

Having proposed 'an idea worth sharing' in response to a challenge issued by this year's TED Prize winner-The City 2.0; Group Epignosis is pleased to announce its launch of Project Epignosis. A version of this PowerPoint presentation was shown at a public briefing and reception detailing the initiative's plan to transform the (global) City 2.0 -- beginning in Roanoke.

You're invited to read, "Transforming the City 2.0 - An Idea Worth Spreading" at:

http://theemergenteconomist.blogspot.com/p/transforming-city-20-idea-worth.html

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OpEdNews Article: Transforming the City 2.0 - An Idea Worth Spreading

OpEdNews Article: Transforming the City 2.0 - An Idea Worth Spreading | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it

A recently published, "Project Epignosis - Transforming the City 2.0" asserts that creating integral economic laboratories at the local level would afford a means for transforming impoverished urban settings into more vibrant ecosystems (McConnell, 1).  Submitted as 'an idea worth spreading' in response to a challenge by this year's TED Prize winner -- The City 2.0; Group Epignosis has joined others from around the world championing ideas of their own in hopes of winning one of ten, $10,000 micro grants from TED's 2012 award.

The 'Problem'   " For too long the debilitating effects of material poverty have been divorced from the spiritual causes of poverty that begin with what we value, with the way we think, and with the resulting economic systems and practices.  In this book, we have revealed that the greatest poverty is that of our economic thought, encapsulated today in 'Western' neo-liberal economics. "   from "Chapter 22 - Co-creating the Future" of Lessem and Schieffer's, Integral Economics (2)


Where conventional science typically relegates itself to measuring 'exterior' quantities utilizing sophisticated mathematical methods, such approaches generally produce findings excluding dimensions of experience representing 'interior' qualities of 'value', 'meaning', 'morality' or 'happiness'.  Consequently, but contesting the inequities engendered by a centralized monetary system exacting interest bearing debt from the world's masses, many associated with the occupy movement and anti-austerity protests have indicted neo-liberal economics for recklessly undermining the cultural, ecological, and economic health of global populations.

By contrast though, the 'White Paper on Initiating an Integral Economic Laboratory' points to a recurring flaw in both the design and function of infrastructures which results when efficiency in imbalance to resilience, threatens to disrupt an ecosystem's vibrancy.  Comparable findings however, emanating from the work of both Geoffrey West, who's identified an "inexorable trend toward urbanization worldwide" (3), and Bernard Lietaer's scientific breakthrough rendering "a single metric as an emergent property of (the ecosystem's) structural diversity and interconnectivity" [italics added], constitutes sound reason for reassessing traditional approaches to 'system' design and maintenance (4).

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Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits | The Nature of Cities

Vacant Land in Cities Could Provide Important Social and Ecological Benefits | The Nature of Cities | group epignosis (an urban ecolab) | Scoop.it

Walk through any major city and you’ll see vacant land. These are the weed lots, garbage strewn undeveloped spaces, and high crime areas that most urban residents consider blights on the neighborhood. In some cases, neighbors have organized to transform these spaces into community amenities such as shared garden spaces, but all too often these lots persist as unrecognized opportunities for urban improvement. In densely populated cities with sometimes few opportunities for new park or green space development, small vacant lots could provide green relief, especially in low-income areas with reduced access to urban parkland.

And yet, few cities are taking advantage of these underutilized spaces to improve urban biodiversity and provide additional ecosystem services. What’s even more surprising is the vast amount of urban land that is categorized as vacant. Take New York City for example: in this urban metropolis there are 29,782 parcels designated by the city tax code as vacant within the city boundaries, not counting vacant land in the surrounding suburbs and exurbs. This totals more than 7,300 acres of land that could be providing important social and ecological benefits for urban residents.

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