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    approached 25 while communism and facism had become appealing ideas for political reform The first 100 days were actually a footrace to save the global economy and to keep its moral center from imploding As I was reading Mayor Lin s bold assertions over my New Year s holiday I learned that the former Governor of New York and a man I admired as a mentor Mario M Cuomo had died Aside from my father there was no other man I revered more for his quiet intelligence mentorship and integrity than Governor Cuomo He was an aberration in the political world which was the nature of his appeal His world view was informed by his ability to not only remember where he came from but also to be profoundly thoughtful and honest in public at all times He detested dishonesty at any level and always told it precisely as it was He was elected to three terms I am sure that Mayor Lin and others will follow this unique path toward true intelligent leadership Wednesday January 7 2015 The ICF 2015 Summit in Toronto is all about stories How innovative cities create amazing cities and job growth in an age of disruption The Day Salman Khan Quit His Job Education as practiced for the past millennium is not particularly productive Teaching has always been one of those professions like medicine or music in which customers vastly prefer quality to productivity A teacher can effectively teach only so many students The problem appeared insoluble until 2004 when Salman Khan began tutoring his cousin Nadia in math over the Internet Nadia prospered and soon other relatives and friends sought Khan s help So he decided to pre record tutorials and distribute them on YouTube The videos turned into a viral hit and attracted enough financial support from donors to let Khan leave the hedge fund One of his supporters Microsoft founder Bill Gates said It was a good day his wife let him quit his job Today the Khan Academy has an online library of more than 4 300 videos on elementary and secondary math as well as computer science biology and other topics Stories ICF s Co Founders recently wrote a book called Brain Gain which is all about stories like the one about The Day Salman Khan Quit His Job That is one of the things that differentiates this book third in a series by Robert Bell John G Jung Louis Zacharilla from any traditional book on economic development strategic planning and community development in our cities Brain Gain explores the most important issues facing cities today how to attract and retain talented people and secure and retain investment that creates and sustains jobs for the citizens of these cities By citing stories Brain Gain becomes an effective teaching tool illustrating Intelligent Communities successful relationships and results that might not have been recognized before in concepts or professional presentations These stories become memorable insights in the way in which communities solved their problems and hopefully inspire others These stories will also be covered in our next Annual Summit to be held in Toronto in 2015 from June 8 12 Come to see and hear the stories At the Summit we will tell stories about how urban and regional planning in our communities impacts the way people live work and create in their cities and towns For instance on June 8 join the delegation on a site visit to the Waterloo Region just an hour west of Toronto to hear the story of how this community has been able to weather the storm of Blackberry s meteoritic decline only to breathe life into a whole spectrum of new and innovative companies that are thriving in this region often considered to be Canada s Silicon Valley North or as the community now prefers to refer to itself as Quantum Valley another amazing story that you will learn about when you visit the Waterloo Region on June 8 On June 9 learn about the business and economic development opportunities of the delegates attending the Summit in Toronto by participating in a business mash up match making and speed dating session Every story may be an opportunity that you do not want to miss Over the next two days learn about how Mayors can save the world if they were to rule it no kidding hear stories about what is happening in China and India with audacious goals of creating hundreds of smart cities in their countries and how rural communities are looking at ways to create sustainable communities and level the playing field with their urban cousins through better rural and regional planning and development On June 10 hear stories through the Urban and Rural Master Classes about how today s disruptions in technology the economy and the environment will only grow more intense and how Intelligent Communities are preparing to leverage the opportunities based on these conditions Stories will also abound about how the continuing broadband revolution will impact the physical form of Intelligent Communities the delivery of services in them and the resulting competitive advantages of these communities Be amazed at the story of how the planning of land use and infrastructure sustainability and community development is being done today in new and revolutionary ways in essence how it is reinventing what it means to plan On June 11 each of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities will tell their own stories about how they became Intelligent Communities and what differentiates them but also what their planning and development processes are doing to create the best cities and rural areas possible One of these Top 7 Intelligent Communities will be crowned the Intelligent Community of the Year The next day at the IDEAS Day on June 12 come and be amazed at the applications new technologies and ideas that are changing the world today and in the near future Each idea is a new story and could be the next biggest thing

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    of Things to highly analyzed data making cities more accessible and making it possible for people to move with the best possible experience from A to B Now that is intelligent mobility Monday December 1 2014 What s the Second Act for the World s First Intelligent Community While in Singapore earlier this year I had the chance to meet with executives of the Infocomm Development Authority the government agency responsible for that city state s information and communications technology Singapore was named ICF s very first Intelligent Community of the Year in 1999 So fifteen years later what kind of second act has it come up with Singapore if you re not familiar with it is an urban nation located on an island at the southern tip of the Malay Penninsula Since gaining its independence from Malaysia in 1965 it has risen into the top ranks of industrialized nations with the third highest per capita income in the world That feat is made all the more remarkable by the fact that Singapore s only natural resources are the ones between its people s ears It is one of the top five busiest ports in the world the fourth biggest financial center and a production hub that generates 26 of GDP from manufacturing Singapore became our first Intelligent Community because of its early success in building a ubiquitous broadband network called Singapore One They have not been letting the grass grow under their feet since then Starting in 2010 they set out to become a Smart Nation by creating a new national broadband network NBN operating at much higher speed and serving as an engine for education innovation and economic growth Their NBN has much in common with Australia s national project Both aim for open access meaning a network that stimulates competition rather than entrenches monopoly The government is the NetCo responsible for building and operating the underlying fiber infrastructure It licenses OpCos or operating companies to run the active transmission systems on the NetCo asset The nine current OpCos include incumbents like SingTel as well as newer entrants like BlueTel Tata and StarHub They sell bandwidth to retail service providers RSPs of which there are currently 27 and it is the RSPs that actually deliver services to customers By separating the various levels of the network Singapore s NBN encourages aggressive competition which boosts performance lowers costs and generates new kinds of services Since January 2012 the NBN has grown subscribers by 45 to 550 000 Singapore s average download speed leaped 690 to 67 Mbps from the start of NBN services to mid 2013 and average upload speed is right behind it at 53 Mbps Prices meanwhile tend to fall particularly for packages with speeds of over 200 Mbps Best of all the RSPs are beginning to figure out ways to make money with all that bandwidth You can sign up for a Fibre Plan for Gamers if you need flaming fast response times to battle intergalactic evil A student package includes access to a vast database of resources while a monitoring and surveillance service lets you keep track of your property 24x7 There is even a Time Critical Financial Data Services Delivery that lets individuals and small businesses play on the same field as the flash traders At first glance this may seem just another top down government knows best kind of project which so often fails to deliver what it promises But look closer and you see Singapore doing what it has done well for five decades building great infrastructure and creating clear policy rules so that investors and innovators can get to work Call it urban and regional planning at its best and a prime example of the Revolutionary Community at work Nobody in the world knows yet what to do with speeds of 100 200 or 1 000 Mbps at the residential and small business level To find out you have to do what Singapore is doing and a lot of us will be learning from the world s first Intelligent Community for years to come Monday November 24 2014 The Part that is Broken is the Part You Plan For Part 1 A man who knows a little something about planning and nurturing a community Dominican preacher Walter Wagner the pastor of St Vincent Ferrer parish in New York is the unlikely source for the best thought to guide our new theme and the sixth criteria for this year s Smart21 communities Writing about the deep emotional disruptions that change activates within us Father Walter writes Life moves Awareness of creation reveals flux in each situation and departure in every relationship While life s currents carry gifts of surprise and relief in their wake their flow also surfaces one of life s great intractable pains homesickness This ache knows no boundaries It steals its way into our heart all the way into our living room Homesickness brews loneliness fatigue frustration and hurt This combination serves up a longing for a place where we might be safe warm carefree known understood provided for and cherished The heart pleads Is this too much to ask As we look around the world it seems that too often the answer is Yes But to those of us interested in building the intelligent community and sensing that a healthy place to call home must be the foundation for any attempt at a good life our new Smart21 offer diverse examples of how planning and execution remove some of the ache for home that Wagner writes about In our new group of candidates for Intelligent Community of the Year a combination of technology and leadership along with an embrace of the rough truths about change seem to have been identified The planning efforts among the new Smart21 take change into consideration They recognize changes in their communities and follow by taking action You cannot do better than this Well maybe a little better Read on Adopting to change is front and center this year It is the reason why our sixth criteria is so important It is also why the new Smart21 have an obligation to show us and to show you their best ideas for planning communities It is the reason why I ask everyone who comes up to me after a speech the same question Do you like living here If they answer yes I know something good has happened and that it can be extracted and perhaps multiplied through planning and collaboration One of our newest Intelligent Communities Sherbrooke Canada population 169 200 symbolizes this harsh acceptance of change over a long term In the community s nomination form it admitted candidly that it experienced a particularly difficult transition for a city with a culture derived from heavy manufacturing lifetime employment and a mistrust of successful entrepreneurs That last phrase caught my eye This was a place where unexpected occurrences like the globalization which pounded it in the early part of this new century was not a welcomed newcomer Sherbrooke admits that its basic problem was that there was no home planned for the unexpected or for change of any kind Not until 2007 In that year the mayor brought together 300 stakeholders to identify a new direction and set free a new spirit Five years later the city formed an Intelligent Community Roundtable with several goals one of which was to improve the lives of its citizens using digital technology and to break the silos formed by local institutions to increase collaboration Embedded in this story of an aspiring Top7 community is the basis for an idea whose time has come for urban planners forward thinking mayors and especially those of you tasked with plans for the rollout of Intelligent Communities It is to plan for ways to enable stakeholders and citizens to profit from the transitions that are coming rather than to be shaken to the core by them We talk a lot about turning the unexpected or the broken into the welcomed It is sprinkled throughout our ethos of entrepreneurship which has added the worship of failure on everyone s list of buzz ideas But no one knows what that really means from a planning perspective since most plans still suggest a linear trajectory for a place and its economy We remain risk adverse at the deepest levels Should a new planning exercise one that launches a revolutionary community include an anticipation of where fissures will occur Not only to not only plan for them but to embrace them Should we be looking at the parts of a community that seem busted much differently As tangible assets Perhaps There are profitable analogies to the success of Regent Park in Toronto whose Artscape organization looked at one of the nastiest public housing communities in the city and decided that there was a buried treasure in the art and culture that had sprung forth as a defense against the ache of poverty Check out the surrounding real estate prices NOW in that once busted place where business people poets and painters thrive See also Austin Texas a former Top7 city which doubles in size every 20 years because it has been able to become a true home to thousands of the students who go there to be part of the blueberry in the sea of red tomatoes Perhaps last year s theme Community as Canvas has as much to teach us about the riches among the busted as this year s theme Italian chef Massimo Bouttara an artist who is passionate about community tells a story that is perfect for this approach While taking a lemon tart from his kitchen to serve to customers it broke into pieces and fell onto the counter While his assistant wanted to commit hara kiri Bouttara looked at his broken parts and made a dish from it The Broken Lemon Tart has become iconic and viral It made him rich his restaurants impossible to get into and has reinforced the creative potency that relies less on planning and more on innovation during a storm We can chew on that as we watch our Smart21 serve us more insights between now and January Monday November 17 2014 The Internet of Things Part 2 Creating Smarter Cities to become Intelligent Communities and how the evolution and adoption of the Internet of Things will help to shape them around the world Cities that are applying Internet of Things applications linking their device s identifiers are doing so to monitor and measure for efficiencies security and higher productivity Often this is referred to as developing Smart Cities In the process they track their municipal assets improve processes and controls track behaviors and preferences improve overall service and traffic efficiencies and establish themselves as leaders in economic development through differentiating themselves among competitive cities Routers meters digitally tagged devices and Internet of Things related initiatives help to generate large amounts of data that help decision makers make better evidence based informed decisions reducing costs and positively impacting budgets It also provides a sense of the public s acceptance and changing behaviors feedback and citizen satisfaction of existing or new initiatives and services In an age when traffic movement is critical and municipal utilities and resources such as water and clean air are vital to a city s existence smart city infrastructure is a key element in the creation and survival of cities in the future In addition to monitoring efficiencies and for trouble spots the analyzed data can undertake predictive maintenance of these assets as well While smart infrastructure is valuable in city development and sustainability an Intelligent Communities approach is more holistic more people centric and advocates open source shared and inclusionary systems Smart Cities are a reflection of a city that works better an Intelligent Community reflects a city in which people live better The drivers of smart cities are smart infrastructure and asset management monitoring generating data which is analyzed and with which better decision making is possible This will lead to reduced costs and continuous improvement which in turn leads to efficiencies predictive maintenance and the ability to anticipate problems in advance By proactively coordinating scarce municipal resources to operate effectively and improve systems on a continuous basis this verges on being revolutionary Hence smart cities help drive a more efficient city which is able to be marketed as a more competitive environment and thereby adding to its sustainable economic growth and prosperity The drivers of Intelligent Communities are people talent and leadership innovation and creativity inclusion advocacy and marketing sustainability collaboration and oh yes advanced smart city infrastructure By incorporating the Internet of Things in a more horizontal open source and shared ecosystem people at all levels will be able to create increased social economic and cultural opportunities and live better lives This is a community approach focused on people and not just systems technology and data So how can we create better and more sustainable innovation ecosystems and ensure that everyone in society will benefit from these decisions Are we training people to be able to benefit from the Internet of Things and are there other ways to learn explore and innovate For instance in addition to traditional education can maker spaces become the new classrooms Can creative enterprise evolve from access to affordable standardized and interoperable technologies that advance the opportunities inherent in adopting the Internet of Things more holistically across the board Can an Internet of Things ecosystem be part of the creative solutions needed to evolve smart cities into Intelligent Communities What are the roles of the public private and institutional sectors in these efforts and who are its champions and advocates Is a bottom up approach involving social media the way to engage inclusiveness and involve the greater population to ensure long term sustainability The Intelligent Community movement and its key criteria are at the heart of all of these questions In the Waterloo Region of Canada Intelligent Community of the Year in 2007 one of its cities Cambridge partnered with IBM Blackberry and the Government of Canada in a unique research project that provided Cambridge with the tools they needed to enhance their asset management system and related business processes for the municipality The partnership undertook an integrated approach They applied routers measurement devices and sensors to meet a variety of department needs measured and analyzed data from different departments and applied the collected information into insight and knowledge that was shared across all city departments and for planning and budgeting purposes The system that was developed will also allow any private service providers working on initiatives with the city to add to the data mix The program that its partners assembled called Analytics for City Services and Safety ACCESS allows the city to compile and synchronize data and to interpret it from a variety of perspectives Its aim is to optimize capital spending in order to achieve the highest value in investing in infrastructure and for the opportunity to renew its systems and processes in the most economic and efficient way possible Essentially the goal is to significantly improve utilization of limited resources However it should also lead to the highest level of sustainability as a result of this predictive maintenance Another set of benefits emerged for Cambridge as a result of this focused approach to asset management The Asset Management Division was created which can now systematically collects all of the big data that is generated on all aspects of the city s infrastructure and independently analyze it to take a city owned long term approach to its maintenance operation rehabilitation and replacement of all its key assets annually saving hundreds of thousands of dollars for the municipality This will give Cambridge a competitive edge by making it possible that all its systems are healthy efficiently managed and cost effective This type of city intelligence is also attractive to investing companies local businesses and its citizens Currently the city monitors and analyzes data from tens of thousands of related control devices monitoring over 2000 km of underground water mains sanitary pipes storm sewer pipes roads and sidewalks With increasing connections to the city s soft infrastructure such as parks schools bus stops sports and cultural facilities Cambridge has become a model of how the Internet of Things can benefit a society Not to be outdone Cisco and the city of Nice France are undergoing research in the Connected Boulevard initiative This experiment applies the Internet of Things to the urban management of a street with sensors installed in everything from street lights parking metres and sidewalks to waste containers The data is collected in real time by 200 devices which are continuously analyzed to provide information ranging from traffic flow energy consumption and even the level of cleanliness on the street In addition to sensors and devices Nice has also built the capacity to capture a variety of data from daily life through a hybrid network infrastructure including Cisco s Wi Fi network According to Cisco the data is processed into real time information and converted into intelligence with the help of context aware location analytics before being disseminated to serve multiple services in city operations and for city dwellers It is an Internet centric always on platform designed to be resilient extensible highly secure and agile through several interoperable layers The Connected Boulevard is a multi stakeholder collaboration integrating various solutions from different international and local companies Early projections suggest that this initiative can prove that these measures will contribute to the reduction of traffic congestion by 30 and energy costs can be reduced by 80 as a result of the synchronization of street lighting on a need basis As we learn more about the benefits that the Internet of Things will bring into our lives we will need to invest as society into the training research and constant improvement for analyzing the data that comes with these new

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    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 Subscribe RSS 2015 December July April 2014 September July June January 2013 December 2012 September 2011 December November October September August July April

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    to sustain our ambitious programs aimed at accelerating the use of IT to benefit society In fact if you visit Cleveland Ohio there s a good chance you ll use our free WiFi at the airport or that your iPad or iPhone will be powered by us and our partners So now that we ve exceeded our aspirational goals from 2008 what s next Well we are focusing on ensuring that the community fully utilizes the network and seizes the opportunity to leverage it for competitive advantage For example we ve just launched a new Smart Region task force consisting of top public and private sector leaders Our aim is to start learning informing and aligning regional planning efforts and investments to leverage this important new capability We are aided by the fact that we have fiber already connecting thousands of our public interest sites Now we are looking at ways to catalyze plans for collaboration sharing of systems coordinating resources for new efficiencies and prompting innovation In my Visionary address in 2008 I made three key suggestions for my vision on how to best leverage technology to improve a community s competitiveness As I look back at them I m pleased to say that I ve validated those points but want to enrich them with subsequent lessons learned First the starting point needs to be a strong vision that illustrates an exciting end state of what the avid use of technology could help produce Be sure to highlight your unique assets and emphasize the future role you ll play in the global economy Try to hide the technology and instead weave your top stakeholders proper names right into the vision of what could be as your real goal is to use this as a tool to inspire and mobilize local leaders Ultimately it s best when the examples go all the way down to how it impacts John Q Public s life My second suggestion is to look at your community holistically as a regional system Examine your assets and competencies and the areas where you may fall short It doesn t matter who owns or controls them or whether they re public or private It s not as if organizations like to be standing in the wrong place You just need to coalesce on a bigger picture and start moving your group toward some shared targeted outcomes For example many digital inclusion efforts focus on a single challenge and don t link community solutions together Simply addressing broadband access or affordability barely scratches the surface of the real issues True transformation only happens when you simultaneously align high speed access with user devices the skills to use them and meaningful applications that drive positive outcomes and recurring use Today s top social and economic issues are complex and it will take a collective of top stakeholders at various levels public and private with shared measurable targets to start solving some of these pressing challenges For example when we

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    years in Finnish parliament and seven years in Finnish government were over On the contrary 2011 was the year my new life began Links of Note Address at ICF Summit on 3 June 2011 Press Release announcing 2011 Visionary of the Year In 2010 I was invited to be a member of the UN Broadband Commission a post that offered an interesting view into the role of telecom infrastructure in developing countries It was very eye opening to see statistics on what mobile phones have done for economic growth and the improvement of life in many emerging countries Our work is not only to advocate broadband issues in the developing world the philosophy of the Intelligent Community Forum is also a very good guideline for the Broadband Commission Alongside good infrastructure should come consideration and action on issues of digital inclusion the knowledge workforce innovations and advocacy Taking care of these issues brings people prosperity and happiness It is an honor to be the ITU s Special Envoy for the Broadband Commission and to have so many opportunities to talk about things I truly believe in The ICF award was a very pleasant recognition but for me the best part of 2011 was the new family I received The friendliness and geniality of the people involved in this global network is striking Although the network is international and its members are sometimes continents apart a special feeling of warmth exists in the ICF The more I learnt about its work the more I found myself advocating its philosophy To Louis John Robert and all the fans of the ICF I would like to say that it is great to be part of the group Last fall I was busy travelling around talking about broadband and the treasure that can be

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    and our social life This change can be regarded as a way to promote democracy It is impossible to live in a closed society nowadays The telecommunications infrastructure increases openness and awareness in society Looking forward it is easy to predict that the pace is accelerating If we think about the technology behind broadband the new devices supercomputers and the diverse applications of nanotechnology it gives us tremendous promise for a better future Services however such as open data cloud services social media and a huge amount of arising new apps give us even greater promise than technological development Finnish politicians have understood the social and economic importance of high quality communications services We have successfully opened up telecommunications markets for competition much earlier than other European countries Compared to the rest of Europe our telecom services have the lowest prices yet investment from telecommunications companies has remained high However this does not mean that we can rest on our laurels We are well aware that we must take constant action to keep on developing all aspects of the information society if we are to maintain the competitiveness of our society industry and the entire economy on a global scale Ladies and gentlemen It is pretty obvious that without good and extensive telecommunication networks e services can not be devised A bigger challenge is how to ensure that all people especially senior citizens have the skills they need to cope in an increasingly technical world It is highly important to develop well designed and user friendly services while ensuring that all individuals have equal rights to learning individual learning paths and the use of up to date ICT devices The population is ageing very quickly in the developed countries We are used to getting high quality health care services but in the future they will be faced with increasing challenges With good eHealth tools we can respond to the increasing demands of the ageing population By exploiting eHealth services we can reach remarkable economic savings while maintaining the high quality of care In Finland we asked from ourselves whether we could further develop the information society without adequate broadband access for every citizen The quite obvious answer was No we can t This was the starting point for the idea that decent broadband access should become a universal service Telecom operators subject to the universal service obligation must provide permanent residences with a 1 Mbits s connection at a reasonable price The Finnish universal service concept is technologically neutral which means that the connection can be provided through any network including mobile wireless fixed and satellite In accordance with our legislation the universal service connection needs to be affordable to the customer Furthermore considering future demands the aim of our broadband action plan is for practically all permanent residences to be no more than two kilometres from an optical fibre or cable network permitting 100 Mbit s connections by the end of 2015 This target is very ambitious but also

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    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 MAIN PLAYLIST Follow MORE VIDEOS Awards Research and Programs How ICF Helps Summit

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    of the program will close on Wednesday September 23 2015 ICF Introduces a New Nomination Form Communities that have applied for the ICF Awards Program in the past will note that ICF has introduced a new streamlined nomination form for the 2016 Awards Program The 2016 ICF Awards Program nomination form presents a set of multiple choice and short answer questions plus a small number of narrative questions requiring a more detailed explanation The multiple choice and short answer questions will let ICF evaluate the state of progress in Intelligent Community development The narrative questions offer a chance to explain specific projects and initiatives and to share a community s aspirations for the future ICF believes that these changes will reduce the workload for nominating communities ease the task of reviewing the forms by ICF s analysts and remove the unintended advantage that a purely essay based form provides for native English speaking communities Our academic analysts Institute leaders and international jury have all contributed to the revamping of the nomination form said co founder Robert Bell who manages the analytic process In 17 multiple choice and short answer questions as well as 6 narrative questions it lets a community showcase its achievements and share its aspirations for the future ICF will be conducting a series of orientation webinars to provide an overview and answer questions regarding the 2016 Awards Program nomination forms The webinars are free to attend and will take place on July 23 July 28 August 25 and August 27 Interested communities are invited to attend to learn more about the ICF Awards Program The 2016 Theme From Revolution to Renaissance In 2015 the Intelligent Community Forum focused on the study of urban and regional planning and how it is impacting the way people live work and create in their cities and towns with its theme The Revolutionary Community ICF has decided to continue with the theme for a second year extending it based on the lessons learned from the Top7 Intelligent Communities of 2015 How do city builders plan for a future of economic technological and environmental disruption asked co founder John Jung an urban planner by training The Intelligent Communities in our network have remarkable lessons to share with cities and regions around the world and our 2016 theme gives them a chance to do it This second phase of ICF s examination of urban and regional planning called From Revolution to Renaissance will continue the research that has been ongoing since last year More information about the theme can be found on the Nominations page at www intelligentcommunity org nominations The New Criteria Sustainability The 2016 Awards Program also marks the first time Sustainability will be one of the indicators upon which nominating communities are evaluated Included last year in a pilot program Sustainability has officially been added as the sixth Intelligent Community Indicator Improving current living standards while maintaining the ability of future generations to do the same is at the core of

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