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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    new economic potential and address the social challenges of the new century More information on the programs is available through the links below Community Accelerator The Community Accelerator programs provide your community with a set of development tools to improve competitiveness deepen social inclusion and enhance your ability to adapt in today s fast moving Broadband Economy The Community Accelerator programs are not a consulting service They do not assess feasibility provide community organizing or develop requests for proposal Instead they empower your community to seize control of its destiny They deliver education and analysis that you can use to plan and execute your future as an Intelligent Community and a global context for action based on the actual practices of communities around the globe More Centers of Excellence A Center of Excellence COE is a partnership between an ICF Alumni Community and a technology or other sector Thought Leader The Thought Leader a company foundation or institution underwrites the creation of an Alumni Community story that shares solutions and best practice examples with ICF s global network of community leaders The COE content presents the challenges strategy implementation and results of a specific pioneering project The application may be

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    short term action and long term strategy Keynote The Keynote provides stakeholders with an introductory education on the Intelligent Community movement and the benefits your community can gain by starting on the path to becoming an Intelligent Community It outlines the core concepts tells the story of communities that have faced similar challenges and provides Q A interaction with the audience Master Class The Master Class is a focused day long workshop for the governmental institutional and business leaders of the community It offers education to give the champions of change in your community a common understanding It provides facilitation that spurs near term action to improve the community in visible and measurable ways These near term achievements demonstrate the value of the effort and motivate more citizens and organizations to support progress The Master Class is available as a full day onsite program including local meetings and social events and a half day Virtual Master Class delivered online Community Mentoring The Master Class is a beginning not an end To help you harvest its potential ICF connects your leaders and projects groups with other Intelligent Communities that have faced similar challenges We facilitate an exchange of experience and insights that can break through barriers to achieve success Engagements are customized to your needs and typically involve monthly or quarterly meetings for a period of 6 to 12 months with a mix of on site and online participation During those meetings you will receive advice on project design guidance on formulating goals and setting expectations and strategy advice on leveraging resources and building partnerships Community Metrics How ready is your community to turn broadband into economic and social value The Accelerator Metrics provides an analysis of community readiness and performance based on more than 40 data points related to ICF

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Go Back Centers of Excellence A Center of Excellence COE is a partnership between an ICF Alumni Community and a technology or other sector Thought Leader The Thought Leader a company foundation or institution underwrites the creation of an Alumni Community story that shares solutions and best practice examples with ICF s global network of community leaders The COE content presents the challenges strategy implementation and results of a specific pioneering project The application may be in e government e democracy network services social services land use emergency response education or other fields central to ICF s Intelligent Community Indicators In order to be considered for a COE an Alumni Community and Thought Leader must be willing to co produce a range of content from white papers and Webinars to video or audio tutorials and a live symposium Applications must meet ICF s standards for quality and delivery of value to citizens businesses and government ICF will provide oversight and guidance on appropriate content endorsement of the resulting product and communication to its global network Over a 12 month period underwriters receive Brand recognition in public relations by ICF Promotion

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    ICF Global Thought Leaders How ICF Helps Partners Support Support the Forum ICF Supporters Subscribe Contacts Home Login Go Back ICF Nations ICF charters nonprofit organizations to represent it in nations and multinational regions around the world These organizations serve to Promote the development of the Intelligent Community movement in their service areas Undertake projects that promote the goals of creating prosperous inclusive and culturally rich communities based on Intelligent

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    of skills dense social networks and physical spaces for interactions great cities and metro areas push people together and increase the kinetic energy between them Yet this urban celebration has a darker side It begs the question if 67 of five billion people are jammed into mega cities would you really want to live in one People s marked preference for living in green suburbs suggests perhaps not An exclusive focus on cities also casts the rural lands with their farms plains and forests as an inconvenient distance between the places where the action is That s a serious misreading of reality In the simplest possible sense rural areas are the ecosystem that gives cities life They are the source of the air that cities breathe the food they consume the water they drink In the life of nations they offer a welcome alternative to the density and anonymity of the city And they are places that people love People in rural areas tend to be proud of their culture and arts They care deeply about the natural beauty of the region and treasure ways of life that have evolved over the centuries Challenges to a Treasured Way of Life Rural areas however are under challenge from many directions As their relative share of the population shrinks they face a gradual atrophy of opportunities for education and employme nt The lack of high quality job opportunities compared with urban areas forces the brightest young adults to leave their communities in order to make a living Once gone involved in romantic relationships making homes and raising families only a few return As the population shrinks in relative or actual terms the tax and spending base supporting services from schools to stores to cultural activities slowly declines Schools are consolidated stores close up cultural activities fade away and each loss further erodes rural quality of life Meanwhile the increasing average age of the population as deaths outweigh births puts greater strain on social services which are increasingly hard to afford Some rural areas buck the trend Many rural areas are not in crisis Those located within driving distance of an urban center attract commuters and weekenders Those with scenery cultural or recreational attractions balance local enterprise with income from tourism Some hold onto a local manufacturing base or exploit geography to become transport and logistics hubs But these opportunities are distributed neither evenly nor with regard to the welfare of the people who occupy rural land Something New Under the Sun But in the broadband economy of the 21st century when information and communications technology ICT are doing so much to eliminate distance as a barrier rural areas have opportunities never seen before The opportunity is to plug into the world at low cost regardless of location To affordably import the world s learning and culture to enrich the lives of young and old and to give local cultural traditions new life in a global community To make rural areas as vital

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    recent speaking engagements for ICF executives To invite an ICF executive to speak send an email to speaker intelligentcommunity org Expenses reimbursement and a speaking fee are required Robert Bell Robert Bell is co founder of the Intelligent Community Forum where he heads its research analysis and content development activities He directs the multi stage analysis of communities for the annual Intelligent Community Awards program and authors the in depth profiles of the Top Seven Intelligent Communities that are core to ICF s mission Robert developed and leads the Intelligent Community Master Class and Community Accelerator programs as well as ICF s advisory services for communities and is a frequent speaker at municipal and telecom events More John Jung ICF co founder John G Jung originated the Intelligent Community concept and continues to serve as the Forum s leading visionary Formerly President and CEO of the Greater Toronto Marketing Alliance and Calgary Economic Development Authority he is a registered professional urban planner urban designer and economic developer He leads regular international business missions to US European Asian Indian and Australian cities and originated the ICF Immersion Lab program John is a regular speaker at universities and conferences and serves as

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    But like the canary in the coal mine Trump is a sign of trouble that must be addressed For all of its benefits the broadband economy is bad news for part of our people and we ignore their needs at our peril Tuesday January 26 2016 Looking Forward Getting Us Closer When we look at the adoption of new technologies there often seem to be two simultaneous divergent trends The innovators and early adopters push the technology forward making significant progress every year The laggards still find many reasons not to use the technology The current state of videoconferencing provides a very strong example of this divergence While videoconferencing has been steadily increasing in the corporate world it hasn t really taken off Each year we see new predictions that this next year videoconferencing will be unavoidable The obstacles to widespread adoption of videoconferencing in the past included Cost which has decreased dramatically over the last few years Quality the need for high broadband low latency on both sides of the conversation which gets better as bandwidth has generally increased Sunk costs that make people wary of investing more money one estimate is that more than half of businesses have outdated hardware And as always human resistance or impediments to change of any kind In recent years consumers have tended to adopt new technologies faster than big corporations do But reliable data about usage of consumer video like Skype Video or Apple FaceTime is not readily available Nevertheless the technology is moving forward with some interesting results Two weeks ago Skype celebrated ten years of video calls by offering group mobile video conferencing Using through the screen camera and a holographic illusion DVETelepresence has worked to make videoconferences appear more natural to participants This picture is one of my favorites You ll notice that to enhance the illusion they even embed the office plant on both sides of the screen as if it really is to the side of the people who are remote Last week 4Dpresence a spinoff of DVETelepresence announced the availability of their holographic town hall for political candidates and issues Taking a page from India s Prime Minister who used videoconferences to appear all over that country during their last election this company is offering to host candidates who can appear as if they are live holograms and interact with audiences The company claims In live venues the patented holographic augmented reality podium is so bright the candidates appear more compelling than actually being there in person The candidates and citizens engage each other naturally as if they are together in person You can see a video on their website Personify offers what they call Video Conversation With a Hint of Teleportation The idea is to eliminate the background that an Intel RealSense 3D camera or a Primesense Carmine 3D cameravideo camera is picking up so that you and the people you re talking to all seem to share the same virtual space Another version of teleportation for videoconferencing was featured a few months ago in a Wall St Journal article titled The Future of Remote Work Feels Like Teleportation Virtual reality headsets 3 D cameras help make videoconferencing immersive As its author wrote I have experienced the future of remote work and it feels a lot like teleportation Whether I was in a conference room studded with monitors on a video chat system that leverages 3 D cameras or strapped into a virtual reality headset inhabiting the body of a robot I kept having the same feeling over and over again I was there where collaboration needed to happen The article focused especially on the use of virtual reality gear to achieve this effect There is DORA from the University of Pennsylvania in which a person uses the VR headset to see through the eyes of a mobile robot This month s MIT Technology Review also highlighted the use of Microsoft s Room Alive in an article titled Can Augmented Reality Make Remote Communication Feel More Intimate A Microsoft Research study uses augmented reality to project a life size person into a room with you perching them in an empty seat Eventually as the technology gets ever more interesting and intimate some fraction of the laggards may finally adopt the new technology Although as Max Planck noted about scientific progress the adoption pattern may just be generational A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it So it s interesting that 47 of US teens use video chat including Skype Oovoo Facetime and Omegle In the meantime the early adopters are getting all the economic and intellectual benefits that can only occur with the full communication that videoconferencing provides and texting emails don t These people are literally seeing the real potential of global Internet communications and will likely reap the economic gains from realizing that potential Friday January 15 2016 Looking Forward Talk to Anyone in Any Language It s been clear for some time that the Internet can connect everyone around the globe in theory This opens up tremendous potential for collaboration mutual economic growth education and a variety of other benefits We ve seen many of those benefits but we still haven t touched the surface Among other reasons the true potential of a globally connected world hasn t yet been realized is that many people still can t communicate when they communicate they don t speak the same language So it has been interesting to me to see the recent improvements in real time translation on the Internet I m not talking about the translation of text that has been around for a couple of years through for example Google Translate of websites or even the very useful app WordLens which I have used in my travels when I had to read foreign signs No

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    the world s communities What the Visionaries are Saying Scot Rourke President OneCommunity 2008 Scot Rourke is the founding president of OneCommunity a nonprofit organization dedicated to enhancing the economy of Northeast Ohio through the collaborative use of information technology in partnership with more than 2 300 connected health educational cultural and governmental institutions Under Scot s leadership OneCommunity has developed an innovative business model and attracted more than 150 million in competitive grants and contract awards to expand its regional fiber optic broadband network and provide adoption programs to maximize its use As examples OneCommunity has trained more than 30 000 households on how to use the Internet to find better jobs or health information and has created a large telemedicine network connecting 150 regional hospitals and enabling the sharing of electronic medical records across systems While grants often seed the launching of new programs ultimately creative earned income strategies sustain and expand them Guest Blog From One Community to a Smart Region Part 1 Press Release announcing 2008 Visionary of the Year Suvi Linden former Minister of Communications Finland and member United Nations Broadband Commission for Digital Development 2011 Suvi Linden Finland s former Minister of Culture and

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