This week, the New Cities Summit takes place in Paris; a city that has experienced groundbreaking changes in city planning – think Georges-Eugène Haussmann. Haussman was famous for modernizing Paris during the mid-19th century. The reconstruction of Paris involved all aspects of urban planning, including the demolition of 27,000 of the city’s 66,000 buildings. This made space for new boulevards, avenues and parks, turning the city into a sustained organic unit, and a huge modern workplace with a large economic turnover. Continue reading
The inaugural New Cities Summit in Paris is well under way. The organizers have successfully gathered about 800 participants from 60 different countries. The Mayors of Vancouver, Canada and of Liverpool, UK are mingling with representatives from academia like theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, Distinguished Professor and Past President at the Santa Fe Institute in New Mexico; and Carlo Ratti, Director of the SENSEable City Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Continue reading
Aday.org’s global photography project kicks off tomorrow, May 15. So wherever you are in the world, and whoever you’re with, grab your camera and capture your day – so that others can enjoy it in the future. Continue reading
I am excited to be here at the New Cities Summit in Paris. The event, which runs from May 14–16, brings together global urban thought leaders and decision makers to discuss the impacts of urbanization.
As we move toward a Networked Society, it’s easy to focus on the technical challenges of building physical networks to transport cars, power, bits, bytes, and so on. But I think the true value of such a society is that it enables us to connect, socialize and share our lives with one another on a broader, more immediate scale. Continue reading
The concept of the connected home isn’t a new one. However, this year it’s certainly been the cause for plenty of conversation. From global events such as the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 to the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012, conversations about seamless connectivity and integration across all devices in and around the home have had gadget addicts all a flutter. Continue reading
The 4Ps – Product, Place, Price and Promotion – are widely used as a marketing baseline. When it comes to planning heterogeneous networks (hetnets), it would be great to see Petabytes, Placement, Power and Plant gain similar industry mindshare.
Hetnets use a mix of large and small radio cells to provide optimal coverage and performance. They bring a lot of benefits, but also a few challenges. That’s where the new 4 Ps come in. Continue reading
Many of you have followed my posts on this blog and commented on how technology can be used for good in the Networked Society. I’ve covered a range of issues that vary from climate change to the refugee cause. Due to the increasing interest in these topics, I’m pleased to announce that the Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility team is launching a blog of their own. Continue reading
Last month, I wrote a number of posts on how the ICT industry is transforming the way we learn across all stages of education. As education evolves, we need more than just a new kind of teacher – we need a new way of teaching. Continue reading
This week, I attended the Stockholm+40 – Partnership Forum for Sustainable Development conference.
Over three days, April 23-25, the business sector, civil society, researchers, decision-makers and young people shared their perspectives on what we can do to achieve solutions in the areas of sustainable innovation, production and living. These three areas are of fundamental importance for the Rio+20 theme, “Green economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication”.