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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    Promoting Digital Equality In surveys the digitally excluded cite cost as their most common reason for being offline and the lack of anything relevant as their second Intelligent Communities work to reduce cost barriers and acquaint residents with the knowledge opportunity and entertainment available online Access Without a computer laptop or tablet access is impossible Intelligent Communities work on access by refurbishing used computers and providing them to households in need as well as providing free computers and broadband access at public facilities like libraries schools and government offices Affordability For households with their own computers the cost of broadband can represent a challenge in many parts of the world Intelligent Communities introduce subsidy programs for digital equipment and broadband connections to ease adoption Skills A computer and broadband connection are useless without the right skills ranging from basic literacy to keyboarding PC literacy and facility with the Web Communities respond to a skills gap with training programs for every age group in schools libraries community centers and special purpose facilities Challenges to Digital Equality Every community that has addressed digital equality promotes the same set of achievements So many public access computers installed at libraries municipal buildings community centers and convenience stores New classes on technology in primary and secondary schools But successful Intelligent Communities go deeper In crafting digital equality programs they go beyond the basics to focus on fundamental change in the dynamics of digital exclusion Literacy and Numeracy The tools of the digital age require reasonable literacy and numeracy or workarounds that allow illiterate segments of the population to access online services In industrialized nations illiterate adults typically deny their inability for fear of humiliation and often develop elaborate strategies to avoid exposure Digital inclusion programs must make literacy and numeracy training readily available in ways

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    Sustainability I n 2015 ICF added a sixth criteria to its list of the Intelligent Community Indicators It is a focus on environmental sustainability Improving current living standards while maintaining the ability of future generations to do the same is at the core of sustainability Throughout human history economic growth has always involved the consumption of more resources and the production of more waste As humanity begins to push up against the limits of the ecosystem to provide resources and absorb waste we need to find ways to continue growth with all of its positive impacts on the community while reducing the environmental impact of that growth Why Sustainability Matters When Intelligent Communities commit their economies to a sustainable future they seek to improve local quality of life from cleaner air and water to improved public transportation and greater livability Communities that use fewer resources to create products and provide services are also more efficient and productive which is key to continued improvements in their standard of living As the world turns its attention to reining in human impact on the planet that supports us sustainablity will generate substantial new opportunities for technology advance business growth and employment in green

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    The American author Mark Twain got it right when he wrote I m all for progress it s change I can t stand It is all too common for a community s leaders or groups of citizens to set themselves against changes that would ultimately benefit the community The willingness to embrace change and the determination to help shape it however are core competencies of the Intelligent Community Few places naturally possess those competencies They must be cultivated often over years through advocacy Advocacy is the ability to engage those leaders and citizens as well as businesses and institutions in understanding the challenge identifying opportunities for positive change and ultimately becoming champions of that change As stakeholders in the community they learn to work together to build a unifying vision of the future which expresses their best hopes and ideals Advocacy is the energy that powers every other element of the Intelligent Community It is in some ways the most complex and challenging aspects of community development but it is essential In a representative government if people do not understand the challenges they face and the need to adapt to those challenges they will stand in the way of action

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    responsible for as much as 80 of growth in a nation s GDP While most agree that innovation is the key to growing our economies nationally and locally there is a catch Innovation is not just a job creator It is a job destroyer as well MORE Broadband Economies Creating the Community of the 21st Century Based on years of research by ICF Broadband Economies tells the story of Intelligent Communities around the world that are using broadband and information technology to build local prosperity address social challenges and strengthen culture MORE Seizing Our Destiny 2012 s best communities to live work grow and prosper in and how they got that way The story of seven communities that accelerated innovation in business government and institutions to keep pace with a more innovative world and offer lessons on how tobuild political will for change and adapt creatively to the demands of the new century MORE Switched On Australia s First Online Community Ipswich Queensland Facing economic stagnation Ipswich 2011 Smart21 Community became an early adopter of ICT to transform its economy By Mal Bryce former Deputy Premier State of West Australia MORE Future Cities Designing Better Smarter More Sustainable and Secure Cities Three authors futurists urban experts and systems architects consider how the demands of the 21st Century will reshape the places where half of the world s population lives MORE The Safe City Living Free in a Dangerous World We are today investing billion in urban security But are we truly safer Are we prepared for the onslaught of changing climate impending natural disasters and chemical biological radiological and nuclear CBRN terrorism and accidents The Safe City promotes new strategies for a safer urban future MORE Networked Communities Strategies for Digital Collaboration Authored by Albert S Flournoy D and LeBrasseur

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    make In the 2013 2014 Awards cycle ICF will focus on the power of culture to help or hinder the transformation of towns cities and regions into Intelligent Communities Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities Program Report April 2013 Download PDF Publication of this report marks the completion of a two year collaboration between the Inteligent Community Forum and the Blandin Foundation a nonprofit dedicated to creating vibrant rural communities in the state of Minnesota For the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities MIRC project ICF adapted its global Intelligent Community Indicators to measure the readiness and progress of 11 communities in rural Minnesota For more information about this report click here Innovation and Employment in Intelligent Communities July 2012 Download PDF Innovation is the primary driver of economic growth by creating new demand and empowering us to do more with the same resources of raw materials people and money But growth in the economy is not always the same as growth in employment because innovation destroys jobs as well as creating them In making innovation the pillar of their economy Intelligent Communities seek to balance its positive and negative impacts to generate economic growth and high quality employment in an environment that delivers exceptional quality of life to all citizens Intelligent Communities Platforms for Innovation June 2011 Download PDF Innovation is not necessarily about technology Innovation is not the same as invention And that s a good thing Try as they might most communities will not transform themselves into hotbeds of technology invention But there is every opportunity for communities to raise the innovation rate of their businesses institutions and government in a dynamic partnership that produces results ranging from better and cheaper service delivery to citizens to the birth and growth of entrepreneurial businesses and vital new institutions The Top Seven Intelligent Communities of 2011 Download PDF To gain a place among the Top Seven communities pass through an intensive analysis of their strategies programs and results in five categories broadband deployment the ability to create and sustain a knowledge based workforce digital inclusion innovation marketing and advocacy The Top Seven excel in all of these areas But that does not make them the seven smartest communities on the planet whatever that might mean Rather it makes them the seven most compelling models of best practice in economic and community development worldwide Health in the Intelligent Community June 2010 Download PDF Global health expenditures rose from an average of 9 2 of GDP in 2000 to 9 7 in 2007 Given the enormous sums involved and the high rate of growth there is now a wide ranging debate about how the costs of healthcare can be reined in without damage to outcomes Meanwhile inequities in healthcare among nations and between rural and urban areas even in middle to high income countries remain large Whether the goal is to reduce costs improve outcomes or extend basic health services to the underserved innovation is the means to get there and Intelligent Communities are well

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    Community Accelerator Centers of Excellence Annual Summit ICF Institutes ICF Nations Rural Imperative Speakers News Blog Visionary Voices Video Press Releases Press Coverage Event Calendar Publications Brain Gain Seizing Our Destiny BroadbandEconomies Future Cities Books White Papers About ICF Global Thought Leaders How ICF Helps Partners Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Email Print Forum Donation ICF Donation First Name Last Name Title Organization Address City

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    The data for ICF s research program comes from a continuing Global Survey of communities large and small urban and rural around the world Communities benefit in two ways from completing our survey questionnaire They receive a free written report that compares their performance to ICF s global data set in the areas of broadband infrastructure the knowledge economy innovation digital equality sustainability and advocacy for positive change They are automatically entered into the Intelligent Community Awards program and consideration for the Smart21 Communities of the Year The goal of the Survey is to provide communities everywhere large and small urban and rural with evidence based guidance on becoming an Intelligent Community and an objective method for measuring their progress The Survey runs throughout the year and communities may complete a questionnaire at any time Download the survey questionnaire which you may complete and return by email It consists of multiple choice and short answer questions plus questions asking for a more extended description of your community s programs Including information gathering and filling out the form the questionnaire requires about 2 hours to complete ICF analyzes your completed questionnaire using a mix of quantitative measures developed over years of

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