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    to a group of Muskoka District stakeholders from local government business and educational institutions The focus of the gathering was on breaking down the barriers to collaboration between the individual municipalities within the district and to raising awareness about the opportunities for growth that rural regions face in the global broadband economy The Muskoka District is a tourist destination two hours north of Toronto where light industry and agriculture also contribute to the economy But like all tourist economies it is not in control of its economic destiny and loses many of its best young people to more dynamic economies Attendees included several Muskoka District Mayors and members of Council economic development officers as well as the leaders of businesses that depend on high quality high capacity broadband to meet the needs of customers both local and far away Several of the communities have significant broadband network projects underway in partnership with independent telcos and Internet Service Providers who have been able to develop a strong business case for fiber to the premise in these small rural cities despite the challenges of distance and population density Robert s keynote acquainted attendees with the achievements of such rural communities as Stratford

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    agricultural area an hour s drive south of Silicon Valley where more than two thirds nation s leafy greens are produced There s also a decent chance it got to your plate with the help of a robot Farming read full article On Smaller Farms Including Organic Farms Technology and Tradition Meet Thursday December 4 2014 I spent yesterday morning at a remarkable meeting of young farmers meshing tradition and technology to sustain healthy soils and produce bountiful crops in a changing economy and climate They had gathered for a pre conference ahead of the seventh Young Farmers Conference hosted by the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture in the lower read full article A Low Cost Alternative to Pricy Big Data on the Farm Monday December 1 2014 Will big data kill the small farm or save it An article in Monday s New York Times profiles a farmer in Indiana who is loaded with the latest information technology rich agricultural gear His sensors and large scale data analysis he told me increases his return on investment by 50 percent compared with conventional farming Read the full post read full article Working the Land and the Data Sunday November 30 2014 Kip Tom a seventh generation family farmer harvests the staples of modern agriculture seed corn feed corn soybeans and data I m hooked on a drug of information and productivity he said sitting in an office filled with computer screens and a whiteboard covered with schematics and plans for his farm s computer network Mr read full article Polder and wiser Saturday August 23 2014 AT THE entrance to Hoeve Rosa farm in the southern Dutch province of Limburg a sign gives a warning that unmanned machines might zoom past This farm is run by robots They

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    officers The Class identifies what the 21st Century community needs in order to be globally competitive as well as the obstacles that stand in its way and how those obstacles can be overcome The content is based on a decade of study into how communities build prosperous inclusive economies and meet social challenges on a foundation of information and communications technology It focuses on key areas including broadband workforce development innovation digital inclusion and economic marketing and advocacy a mix of traditional and non traditional factors that power the success of Intelligent Communities around the world Presented in an open and interactive style the Class mixes tutorials storytelling from Intelligent Communities large and small and interactive discussion that identifies local challenges and suggests solutions Attendees leave with an understanding of the principles of community development in the 21st Century as well as specific ideas and strategies they can take back to their own cities towns and regions Program Indicators for the Intelligent Community The key facets of community development based on information and communications technology broadband knowledge workforce development innovation digital inclusion and marketing advocacy How they interact to create a virtuous cycle powering economic growth citizen engagement and social health of the community Success Factors for the Intelligent Community Why some Intelligent Communities are more successful than others the power of effective leadership flexible and creative collaboration and a focus on long term sustainability Identifying and Overcoming Obstacles Community development faces obstacles economic social political and cultural and every successful community has found ways to overcome the ones that stand between them and a better future Problems and Solutions An interactive discussion what are the challenges faced by decision makers for local community development and how can the principles of the Intelligent Community address them More Information ICF makes

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  • Intelligent Community Forum (ICF)
    combination of means The fact is however we do not know What we do know is that he returned to Ikaria where as the cliché goes life got simpler Researchers note that 96 of the people who live there own their own homes There may a clue linking this to longevity My own mother is 90 and despite my insistence long ago lives in the family home and neighborhood where she has lived for 60 years She does fine But this is not a formula Or is it First life is not simple It never was It may be more distracting today than ever Yet for most everywhere in the developed world and for more people than at any time according to the Gates Foundation Life is a lot easier than it ever was Good for us Surely technology helps But longevity of the Ikaria type cannot claim technology as its only medicine The director of the new film Zero Theorem and Monty Python creator Terry Gilliam says let s use technology not worship it Why Because a smart community where trains run on time and speeds are faster is not the holy grail of the human community Neither was the discovery of fire and neither was the discovery of iron They helped us better steaks and better steak knives resulted but they did not allow us to live in a way that delivered that deep peace that so far few really know During the 1930 s leaders In Italy and Germany rationalized the rise of Fascism by noting that the trains would run on time that there would be modern roads and more telephones The armies of Europe and Imperial Japan were mechanized and the idea of a strictly ordered society was for sure the cure of all social ills Google the Second World War and draw your own conclusion about promises that trains running on time will have the same effect on your life as well two bottles of wine each day with people who really care about you There may be broadband on Ikaria as there is in Okinawa Japan the Nicoya Peninsula of Costa Rica and among the Seven Day Adventists community of Loma Linda California There should be It is the new fire and iron and railroad Yet these are each communities where longevity statistics blow away international averages So while there may be IP based LED lighting and sophisticated water management systems in these places as there are in many smart communities what seems missing is what the people of Ikaria may have found And that is a deeper intelligence A more holistic one More social cohesion and advocacy A collaboration so old it is new Said Stamatis Here is not a me place It is an us place Linking olive oil and to a vanishing adenocarcinoma diagnosis is a stretch So I have a theory of what cured Stamatis It was home H O M E As in No Place like It He went to where he could be full where life and death were twin dancers The man cured himself by rediscovering an intelligence that only the most perceptive physician could have proscribed One that studied medicine and poetry While most simply prefer to look at the data and give us the hard facts others see something else Last year as we studied culture and its impact on communities I found so much depth and wealth in these communities In Toronto I saw an area Regent Park resurrected by art and the local community Poetry has sung of resurrection for a long time And also insurrection when resisted or smothered Ask the people in Hong Kong this week how far economic success and technologies go when freedom of expression and their culture of community are threatened You only get rid of a disease by first identifying it Then you return home On 21 October we name our new Smart21 During and after the announcement you will hear a lot about the use of technology broadband the Internet and the fruits of success that planning enabled in these wonderful Intelligent Communities One of these will succeed Toronto as the 2015 Intelligent Community of the Year It is exciting You will read about best practices and you will get a chance to study the progress of them all including the sustained progress of the few communities in the group who if history repeats will make a return to our list We shall see What I will be looking for is what I always look for their poetry Their ability to provide not only high speed access manage open data and smoothly deliver administrative services but also whether they have a voice with which to call to their sons and daughters back from the brink whenever they find themselves there and to invigorate them with a new life That is the revolutionary community I will be telling you about over the next year It is spelled H O M E Photo of Ikaria Greece by Stelios Kiousis Monday September 15 2014 Winnipeg Intelligent Community at the Epicenter It is well known that Winnipeg is at the epicenter of North America s geography Even its Centerport concept a major inland multi modal logistic initiative places itself smack dab in the center of North America Nobody can claim that better than Winnipeg As self described by Winnipeggers it is also a physically isolated city in the cold weather climate of Canada that has produced an interesting and unique culture that celebrates its diversity as well as its isolation Some would say that this is the reason for its locally collaborative and internationally competitive can do attitude It is the capital of a province rich in agricultural and natural resources and has advanced infrastructure including access to broadband and Wi Fi mesh that a large city of its size would be expected to have But as the largest and main city in Manitoba Winnipeg seems to be much

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    core design of their purpose and product Alvaro Alberqueque Chief of Staff to the President The Brazilian Small Business Agency Rio de Janeiro Brazil Symposium guests will be dazzled and inspired by Rio de Janeiro s development of public Knowledge Squares that offer top technology tools and digital libraries to the city s most underserved ICF Co founder John Jung calls the development of these centers the best example of digital inclusion he has seen anywhere He predicts that they will be the greatest legacy of the Olympic games in Rio Tim Jones CEO Artscape Toronto Ontario This international Social Entrepreneur of the Year is a recognized leader in creative placemaking He will illustrate how he led his organization to create spaces for more than 2 400 artists including 28 public venues serving more than 230 000 people annually while advancing public policy private development community and neighborhood aspirations and philanthropy 2 The Promise Talent Growth and the Power of the Web Keynote Luncheon 11 30 AM 1 10 PM Barrette Business and Community Center Jaime Casap Global Education Evangelist Google Inc There is good reason that a company with over 59billion in revenue last year invests in a global evangelist Jaime Casap works with organizations around the world to preach the power and potential of the web technology and Google tools as enabling and supporting capabilities in pursuit of creating powerful learning models In the Google culture of encouraging interaction he works across other teams including Google Fiber the Google Policy Team the YouTube Team and the Google Capital Team He will convince us of how technology will enable education s to be the silver bullet that saves lives and economies like never before The Practice Attracting and Keeping Innovators Interactive Roundtable 1 30 PM 3 00 PM Birk

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    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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    Garage48 a small band of highly entrepreneurial and networked folks in Tallinn has evolved to encourage entrepreneurialism through networking and sharing of ideas However they lack the funds to assist companies directly While fledgling they have a great sense of spirit and enthusiasm and attract many new start ups to their new facilities for networking events Their motto Screw it Let s do it speaks for itself In seeking new ways to stop the brain drain and reverse the tide toward achieving a new brain gain Tallinn and Estonia s leadership will need to develop policies programs and strong initiatives to encourage retention of their talent This is not an Estonian problem alone Globally companies universities and cities are seeking to attract and retain the best and brightest of their talent Competition is fierce New ideas are emerging to evolve entrepreneurial ecosystems to encourage growth For instance understanding and benefitting from talent mobility may become the next big idea It is a challenge that Tallinn and Estonia are facing today but with political will they will no doubt find a route on their next journey Tuesday July 23 2013 Detroit Takes a Shot Before my tenth birthday I had nailed a perfect jump shot over the arms of the mayor of Detroit The current Mayor of Detroit USA Dave Bing has been in the news often these days It is not the way he wanted to re enter the spotlight He is experiencing something he never imagined in his city Detroit as people worldwide know has become the epicenter of a crisis and the focus of a debate that was long ago settled by those of us in the Intelligent Community movement Its declaration of bankruptcy while painful to witness is ultimately a non event to most observers It is the last chapter of a post Industrial Age saga whose end was written long ago Stories like the one in Michigan as we know have had multiple endings Not all are as sad as this giant s tale where the number of industrial jobs has fallen from 300 000 in 1962 to a mere 27 000 last week and it takes nearly an hour for a first responder to arrive after a 911 call Many have an opposite end There are stories of rebirth Chattanooga comes first to mind Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Sunderland England also have a fine story to tell the world Their stories are told by ICF and are studied by others The modern tales of urban rise and fall or in Detroit s case of falling further have been written by hundreds of authors around the world These authors are people who understand what is at the end of the assembly line for the next generation of workers who are scandalously undereducated poorly served by a corrupt and visionless political class and who hold onto illusions and balance sheets woven without the benefit of reality As Nobel recipient Paul Krugman rather cold heartedly wrote yesterday Decline happens It is true But it is not inevitable Nor is it a crime It is a shame Cities like Detroit have one common characteristic None seem to factor in to their calculation that the only truth of life worth remembering is that everything is impermanent except change itself Most of us learn that lesson way too late having been led to believe that it just ain t so It is Only the enlightened embrace it as core to their lives and factor it in to the management of their cities and towns However my Dave Bing story is of another kind Of another Summer day It is a childhood memory of a happier era in both of our lives My story is a tale of what we used to call endless summer When as George Gershwin wrote the livin was easy It takes place in another part of the world which was touched as was Detroit by a similar illusion of permanence On one summer afternoon however illusions were fine and hung in the moist air of an Upstate New York village For a nine year old kid it felt just fine That Summer the current mayor of Detroit was not a beleaguered usurped politician He was like the glittering city of Detroit the essence of grace power and success Mr Bing is even today known for his long distinguished career as a professional basketball player The mayor had game The mayor could thump hoops Big time He was a point guard with a sweet jump shot So sweet that he was elected to the National Basketball Association s all star team many times He is in the league s Hall of Fame today and after his career in sports went on to become a success at business a good father and eventually a politician Detroit was his home Lyons New York was mine While Mayor Bing was rising to great heights as a premier athlete I was an elementary school point guard with not much game But like him I had a pretty good jump shot great ambition and a kid s illusions Mr Bing was my idol He was someone I admired from afar His ability to spring ramrod straight into the air release a basketball from his long fingers with perfect rotation and land softly as the ball swished through a basket were the images in my head every time I practiced my jumpshot which I did for hours and hours each day One afternoon in a convergence only the Great Spirit could direct he came to my little hometown in the Finger Lakes region to play a pickup game of basketball At the time he was a college player a star at nearby Syracuse University He was in my village thanks to his university roommate who also was a pretty good basketball player and lived in Lyons This would be college Hall of Fame basketball coach Jim Boeheim Jimmy is the second most successful

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    we need to solve They are the symptoms of the much deeper challenges with which we must come to grips Monday August 11 2014 Calling all Sticks Slickers They used to call the place where I was raised The Sticks That is what they would call the village of Lyons New York and other small towns down there in Manhattan where I have lived for 30 years For 30 years I have tried to find and maintain a balance between both places although a few folks in the village did refer to me as the city slicker for long while Language can separate people as much as distance We know that there are differences in size among the places we live and we know that there remains an inferiority complex among the world s rural communities small towns and hamlets Biases prevail even in places that should know better like Stockholm Singapore and Brooklyn In fact the World Reference Forum still asks whether the sticks are further removed geographically than the evidently unreachable and in the unenlightened mind irrelevant Middle of Nowhere Since the dawn of the Intelligent Community movement in 1995 fewer and fewer people use those terms or ask questions like that These are questions which reflect a time before the Broadband Economy presented itself in our screens Since then the dialogue has been dramatically altered and with it the language and perceptions of what is possible As the Great Coral Reef was once referred to by the 18 th Century explorer James Cook as an insane labyrinth and for good reason since in 1770 the coral ridge of Tasmania nearly sunk his ship so it became perceived for what it is 200 year later when the reef was declared a marine sanctuary by the Australian government It is among the things which make life possible It is not so far different than small towns It took those in the sticks and the city slickers working together to make it happen in Australia It led to a social movement that I believe was the first salvo in the movement to protect our seas It will be seen someday as the beginning of the long road ahead to restore the balance of the earth s ecosystem It also gave a boost to those smaller communities where nature was still abundant and in balance Similarly we hope our Rural Imperative will have an effect on the discussion of the importance of places like Pirai Dakota County Castelo de Vide and Mitchell These four places though small submitted nomination forms in an attempt to show themselves that like Taichung and Toronto they were of the future They succeeded Mitchell South Dakota USA likes to tell the story of how it grasped innovation planned for the future and in the process became Intelligent Since we announced our 2015 Theme we have been concerned that the submissions this year may come from only cities where urban planning is part of the policy making landscape However that would be contrary to the ICF method and dream which is to ensure that any place people call Home can achieve at a global level and plan for the kind of life and economy that is sustainable As you consider whether to submit a nomination for your village town or county keep in mind that you too are either a Revolutionary Community at some level or can be By nominating your community to be evaluated with giants you are not being David against Goliath You are indicating your confidence that the place you are building running or promoting is not only Smart and possibly Intelligent it is also restoring the balance which we all know is out of whack The Middle of Nowhere is no more and has not been since 1995 Good luck Wednesday July 23 2014 The Next Trail along the Great Divide Along with the successful economic migrations from poor to lower middle class in large swaths of the world the rich really are getting richer Many are getting rich because of the way knowledge is being discovered deployed and productized While most of the world still waits for access the Digital Divide has moved on A line is now being drawn between those with access and those who can interpret and understand information once connected These people know how to put it into play economically They have moved from the classroom to the canvas They make raw material purposeful and create a ladder for some as their work pulls it away from others Most of the consequences are unintended but all impact the community In the June 22nd issue of the New York Times there were two stories a few column inches apart that reaffirmed the gap between those with access and those who understand the power of access to thrive I do not know if it was the editor s decision to lay the story out this way but the contrast was apparent In one story an Arizona USA woman making 10 per hour when she could find work was jailed upon getting into her car after an interview with an insurance company If Shanesha Taylor had gotten that job and she was confident that the interview had gone well it would have given her real wages health insurance coverage for her two children and dignity The two kids were in the car because she could not afford day care and chose to take them along while she had her interview The law reasoned that this was endangerment Not unreasonable in Scottsdale Arizona where the car temperature was estimated at 103 degrees F But people did not forget that this was a story about the Divide too Through the Internet money was raised for her defense and the media s light found its way to Arizona A settlement was reached a few days ago She will not do jail time A few clicks below her story there was one profiling Yahoo Food

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