1. Thinking Cities: ICT is changing the game

Thinking Cities: ICT is changing the game


In the latest Networked Society film, I discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the 21st century city together with various leading city-thinkers. We also discuss how ICT is helping achieve sustainable solutions.

For the first time in history, 52 percent of the world’s population lives in cities.

There are 200,000 new urban dwellers every day and this trend is accelerating; especially in Asia, Africa and Latin America. By 2050, six billion people will live in cities, putting a phenomenal strain on resources and materials.

However, as Geoffrey West – physicist and professor at Santa Fe Institute – shares in the video, while the problems are being generated in cities, so too are the solutions.

The film Thinking Cities covers various topics, such as the science of cities, the talking city, the Trash Track project, the social city and the smart city. It shows how ICT is enabling us to deliver new levels of value in innovative ways – which is a new cultural phenomenon.

Written by Elaine Weidman

Elaine Weidman Grunewald is Vice President of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at Ericsson. She joined Ericsson in 1998, and she is responsible for a number of public private partnerships which explore the use of Technology for Good, i.e. the use Ericsson’s core technology to solve some of the world’s most compelling challenges and help to achieve the Millennium Development Goals , including the Millennium villages, Connect to Learn, and Refugees United. She is a leading advocate of Technology for Good and represents Ericsson in a number of external fora including the Broadband Commission for Digital Development and the United Nations Global Compact.


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