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    because of congestion But they may be scary for some riders as they compete for space amongst cars and trucks In some cities bikes and motorcycle traffic is separated from cars and truck traffic and this may be a desirable option In the Netherlands mobility by bicycle is a national and cultural trait The infrastructure for bicycles is so sophisticated that Dutch bike riders not only have their own lanes on every street but their own exclusive parking traffic lights directional signs and even coded trails I recall my first A to B experience at the Kröller Müller Museum in the Netherlands Once inside the campus movement by walking and bicycle was effortless You simply walked up to one of the 1700 available shared white bikes got on cycled to your destination then dropped the bike where you landed and when you were ready to go to the next stop you grabbed the next available bike and headed there You did not think of the bike as yours but as a means to move to the next stop It was effortless and highly satisfying What about walking Combined with some mode of mass transportation or a two wheeled option walking may be the best alternative in some cases Certainly in places like New York City London and Hong Kong pedestrian walkways including raised pedestrian or underground walkways may in fact be the best way to get from A to B especially short distances Another means to get from A to B can be by an escalator system such as in Hong Kong For instance I wanted to go up to Hong Kong s Robinson Road from Queens Road in Central nearly 800 metres away but with a vertical climb of 135 metres If you drove there you would have to drive several miles by zig zagging back and forth up the hill Instead we joined residents who in Hong Kong effortlessly climb the hill via an automated escalator considered the world s longest moving sidewalk Moving sidewalks were the rage in Paris when they were first built for the 1889 World s Fair Only the Eiffel Tower is left but the idea of moving sidewalks has fascinated planners ever since We are familiar with moving sidewalks in airports but imagine a city that might embrace it like Hong Kong That would certainly help to move large number of people from A to B But do you really need to be there physically every time Another way to move people from A to B might be possible by video conference Face to face contact is important in business and other important meetings But to have quality face to face connections requires robust ultra high speed broadband connectivity Video conferencing especially by telepresence as promoted by companies such as Cisco can save time and money when you consider the travel related costs of the people involved Increased use of video conferencing by corporations is becoming the norm Schools are connecting teachers and students from around the world gamers and researchers are connecting people data and video in ways that others will soon emulate A new attitude and new way of doing things is already here This applies to intelligent mobility as well Millennials are at the cutting edge of a new attitude of mobility Exposed to opportunities to travel using cars many don t even have driver s licenses and indicate in surveys that they prefer to have a bicycle and smartphone with an excellent data plan than to drive a car and pay for gas Moving from A to B especially in highly congested cities also depends on the culture of a community Just as the Dutch are famous for their adoption of bicycles in the art of moving Tuk Tuks in Delhi and scooters in Taipei seem to be the preferred way to go from A to B But I believe that a new approach to movement is upon us With congestion in cities at an all time high I believe that people will eventually choose a hybrid solution to go between A and B Imagine if you had an application that you could access that analyzed for you every possible movement capability and its related cost to get you from A to B Something like that already exists I happened to recently meet a team from Daimler in Stuttgart that seem to have such an idea on the way Along came moovel a remarkably simple concept wrapped in a mobile application that streamlines every possible mobility option and seamlessly integrates movement connection possibilities long distance bus rail or waterborne options local public transit options taxis bikes car sharing pools and efficient directions for pedestrian experiences People will even be able to filter their search based on the least expensive route fastest or even most scenic routes The routes chosen will reflect real time updates and could even reflect ever changing weather conditions For instance if your route between A and B recommended a combination of walking and a nearby car sharing option such as car2go a person would be able to walk to the car receive instant instructions on their smartphone to open and start the car drive one way to a destination and simply drop off the car in any parking spot at the destination all aided by GPS Another time the same route may be best by using a combination of nearby bike rental and inter city rail and so on Payment of all combined mobility options over a period of time such as a monthly invoice will be like a basic utility bill Like Uber which seamlessly connects riders to drivers through their Uber application moovel and other similar applications will be connected through the Internet 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

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    can compare to the audacious and controversial Canadian Museum for Human Rights which will open its doors in Winnipeg on September 19 2014 This awe inspiring complex looms over this Intelligent Community like a cultural temple This 351 million museum is massive in size 2230 square meters and has been compared to the Guggenheim Spain in Bilbao for its potential impact on the city s tourism industry and its global brand I would agree It clearly is humbling as you enter the building from below and rise to a crescendo into the bowls of the building with its airy interior and sculpted spire As ICF s theme for 2014 was Community as Canvas it was most appropriate to visit Canada s first national museum to be built since 1967 in Winnipeg As national museums go they usually are located in a country s capital or largest cities yet here it was the first national museum to be established outside the Ottawa region The purpose of the museum is also quite inspiring It is the only museum in the world devoted to engaging visitors in the topic of human rights as an issue and aspiration as opposed to focusing on a specific event movement or victims Designed by architect Antoine Predock my hosts refer to its design as a reflection of the prairies and the mountains of this nation its reach to the clouds and its important position on this historic site on First Nations treaty land The interior is open and bright with exhibitions developed by some of the world s top museum designers such as Ralph Appelbaum who designed the Washington D C Holocaust Memorial Museum The Canadian Human Rights Museum also created new ways to design bid and construct the complex through collaborative technologies The extreme geometric complexity made virtual design and collaborative construction techniques necessary High speed broadband capabilities evolving technology and global collaboration became essential for detailed pre planning and visualization of its complex construction The project team overcame logistical challenges through real time collaboration linking Winnipeg with Toronto New York and even Mongolia reducing travel time and costs and benefitting from expedited decision making The use of advanced technology and design concepts will also help to enhance the art of storytelling when the Museum opens this week with the goal of leading to a better future The Museum focuses on key topics such as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and aboriginal concepts of humanity The latter is showcased in a unique circular theatre with a 360 degree film According to Martin Knelman at the Toronto Star Winnipeg needed a game changer and this museum could transform the prairie city into one of Canada s unmissable destinations I agree that this complex could become a game changer for Winnipeg but Winnipeg s can do attitude will always be at the epicenter of its game Monday September 8 2014 When is it Fair to Deny Broadband to a Neighborhood Americans in Kansas City Missouri and Kansas

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    and regional planning Hence the revolutionary communities of tomorrow are those that are well planned for and being developed as Intelligent Communities today What would make cities and regions truly revolutionary is if we could see the best of its urban and regional planning and urban design implemented especially using all of the planning tools ultra high speed broadband connectivity and related technologies available to them These might be off the shelf and in some cases leveraging entirely new innovations with new uses and applications to demonstrate pilots and create new concepts and experiences in urban liveability But it would also require superb leadership and collaboration throughout and a special sense of the community nurturing an innovation ecosystem that would help to differentiate it as being among the best in the world This would capture the imagination of investors scholars and talented people to want to be part of these types of communities Urban planning is not a science it s a combination of the arts science philosophy sociology economics and politics Its theories and practices delivered in the form of plans are a reflection of a language focused on the use of land by its citizens and the design of the urban environment upon which the site is to be developed on as well as reflected in its impact on the surrounding area But as planning concerns itself with everything around it including air water and infrastructure in around and through it it must take a true 360 degree all encompassing look at everything related to its development Therefore it must even look at its history and current relationship with other neighbouring land uses and the people and things around it Just as Cisco speaks of the Internet of Everything so does Urban Planning Planners must consider everything that makes up a community or at least it should in making their planning recommendations Like the concepts of sustainability everything connects to everything else A plan is a statement of intent if given the mandate by the leadership and the funds to see it through it can be very powerful Current planning directions range from Urbanism or New Urbanism Intelligent Urbanism Liveable Cities and so forth Whatever is currently vogue in different parts of the world planners must consider in context all of the elements of their unique community they represent in order to successfully deliver and execute their plans For instance Urban Designers consider built form colour lighting building materials art and technology in context to the urban situation in which they are planning for as well as the relationship between buildings uses sight lines and the physical ground spaces in three dimensional form This is also akin to the idea of liveable cities in which good urban design principles can create a high quality of life in dense but well designed urban environments such as Singapore Planners and their colleagues in city design development and management today also employ Computer aided Design CAD Geographic information Systems GIS leverage the Internet of Things technologies to design for managing mobility especially during rush hour traffic and the demands of supply chain logistics smart technologies to develop monitor and analyze big data especially as part of incorporating smart utilities and smart systems into their communities high speed broad applications that offer new community development unique communications entertainment and other new urban experiences produce 3D planning models for enhanced public engagement including those who become involved via online and web based experiences and some are looking into future building design options through holography and visual support technologies Building or using traditional environments and installing new technologies create exciting new environments that create a new experience that attracts investors and talent to a place For instance traditional brick and beam environments and reused lofts as live work spaces attract artists and software code writers alike as long as high speed broadband applications are also planned for and incorporated into the design of the facilities Traditional open space and bike paths incorporate technologies for communications directions safety and exciting new environmental experiences such as art applications utilizing advanced software technologies broadband communications and advanced visual projection techniques Artist Daan Roosegaarde s Van Gogh inspired illuminated bikepath near Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Ryan Holladay s BLUEBRAIN location based music composition using smartphones are only the beginning of the type of new experiences that our revolutionary communities will be exploring These and other capabilities in urban environments make urban spaces and experiences attractive to people who want to live and work in these environments Accordingly it s not a surprise that attractive and highly in demand intelligent and revolutionary urban centers are growing at an incredible pace Considering that nearly 70 of the world s population is expected to live in urban centers by 2050 planners are going to have to do more than traditional planning efforts to meet these demands Intelligent Communities understand these challenges and are making great strides to undertake serious strategic planning that focus on highly efficient mobility of all kinds connectivity accommodating all types of housing needs and ensuring sustainable development approaches to be able to support these changes Urban Planners must be at the forefront of these efforts As such they must also be at the forefront of developing their communities into intelligent and revolutionary communities Monday July 7 2014 Pigs Cows and Footballs Need Broadband Too The Internet turned 20 this year by one measure at least It was in 1994 that Netscape released the first commercial Web browser Two years later there were already some 16 million Web users in the world There are nearly 3 billion of us now despite the fact that three out of every five of world s people have yet to go online Strange to say a few pigs cows and footballs may get there before them Despite the amazing progress of the past 20 years the broadband revolution is just getting started Nothing illustrates that better than the rise of the

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    talent investment and jobs that are created attracted retained but also those that may be disrupted Pulling on a future theme Community as Canvas you will also read about Intelligent Communities that look differently at their communities and their culture that is built on rich and colourful lives and experiences These Intelligent Communities are creating something new using new tools and ideas but also by taking risks and accepting risk as necessary in an innovation ecosystem The mayors and community champions in our 126 Intelligent Communities are the new entrepreneurs The social capital that they generate will be returning on their investment 10 20 years from now Intelligent Communities are the story of our era and Robert Lou and I have the privilege to tell their stories Brain Gain available in book or Kindle format at Amazon ca and Amazon com Monday June 16 2014 Intelligent Communities Find the Upside of Immigration If you are an American and have not read The Immigrant Advantage by Anand Giridharadas do yourself a favor This editorial in The New York Times will take you four minutes to read and it may help you make sense of your own country The editorial concerns Raisuddin Bhuiyan a Muslim immigrant from Bangladesh who was shot by Mark Stroman a self proclaimed 9 11 avenger in the convenience store where Mr Bhuiyan worked It is a sad story of ignorance and rage playing out on an innocent victim but one with a surprise ending Mr Byuiyan who lost the sight in one eye in the attack was moved to learn more about his attacker s life What he learned changed his view of himself Mr Bhuiyan realized that he was among the lucky Americans Even after the attack he was able to pick up and remake himself climbing from that convenience store to waiting tables at an Olive Garden to six figure IT jobs But Mr Bhuiyan also saw the America that created Mr Stroman in which a battered working class was suffering from a dearth of work community and hope with many people failing to form strong bonds and filling the void with escapist chemicals looping endlessly between prison and freedom Eventually Mr Bhuiyan petitioned a Texas court to spare his attacker s life because he lacked his victim s advantages a loving and sober family pressure to strive and virtuous habits The story of two nations in one is not just American Wherever you live as the broadband revolution reshapes our economy those with the skills and virtuous habits to compete live in one version of your nation while those without live in another And in every nation the immigrants are there to point up the distinction In our new book Brain Gain we note how strange it is that most of us believe immigration is a bad thing A 2013 international found that 64 percent of Britons think immigration makes their country a worse place to live followed by 60 in Spain 57 in

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    of people around the world today Technology whether by revolutionary invention or as everyday innovation has continuously transformed communities and will continue to do so for eons to come However given the technology available to us today it is highly likely that we will see incredible changes ahead in our cities in a shorter period of time than previous decades and centuries This makes it all the more important for decision makers urban and regional planners architects economic development officials and engineers to play a more important role in engaging everyday end users through the use of technology and together to embrace advances in technology to create the most efficient safe and culturally rich communities possible around the world Every village town and city should ask themselves if they are doing this for the betterment of their community and if not it is essential for them to find the ways in which they can The use of sophisticated computers availability of affordable high speed broadband mobile applications advanced software and entirely new approaches to how things should be done mixed with technology savvy and highly trained knowledge workers makes it possible to witness a perfect storm in the works ensuring community wide transformation to occur However for many communities the way healthcare services are provided and municipal services are delivered such as administering zoning and building bylaws community participation practices and development services in the most traditional of ways would suggest that they have not kept up with available technological and procedural advances Municipal planners economic developers and decision makers need to advocate for community wide acceptance of new approaches to undertaking our city building of the future today For instance in the last decade there has been considerable innovation at the intersection of urban planning and technology Availability of open data especially where government data has been made available for others to access and use has been a major catalyst as well as practices such as social networking opportunities crowdsourcing and GIS based advanced mapping applications New approaches to including civic participation and building on sustainable communities initiatives programs based on asset management technologies also referred to as smart cities and programs involving more holistic intelligent community initiatives focusing the work of ultra high speed broadband in community development make this an exceptionally exciting time to be involved in the urban planning environment Technology and future city building initiatives are now hot topics at conferences and trade shows on the lips of civic officials learning about neighbouring communities having benefitted from an asset management exercise with a friendly technology vendor and as part of competing regions rolling out massive programs to ensure the efficiency sustainability or attractiveness of their community to attract investment or talent to their community To ensure that our cities are being planned to transform in the way that will best benefit our current and future citizens urban planners and their colleagues in the architecture economic development and engineering fields as well as politicians in city councils must be open to adopting and investing in technology and new techniques beyond incorporating computers and flat screen monitors in Council Chambers For instance asset managers in Cambridge Ontario worked with IBM to become the first Smarter Planet community to use routers and other data management tools and processes to monitor city infrastructure which has helped the city to more efficiently service their citizens and plan for their infrastructure and maintenance budgets In architecture infrastructure development and engineering design technology has transformed its boundaries Using digital technology permits complex calculations to assist in creating complex forms increasing the possibilities in architectural design that has benefits far beyond the building use itself For example Frank Gehry designed the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles among others using a design process similar to that used to design Mirage jet fighters from conceptualization through to manufacturing Other architects and design engineers are using advanced computations and design technologies to create new ways to design and implement their creations and ensure the safety of the designs especially as lighter thinner materials are being used But the benefits are more than about the buildings themselves They evoke excitement and dynamic possibilities about their community that attracts investment tourists and talent such as has evolved in Bilbao since the Guggenheim Museum was created It inspires others to be part of a community that thinks beyond the banal and conventional and as a result is a strong advocate and tool for attracting and retaining key resources in their community the talent and human resources that come together in civil societies around the world and have options to move to where the best opportunities exist This has been referred to as the stickiness of a city to be able to retain the investment and talent that it initially grew or attracted Excellence in urban design architecture and planning can make the difference between a dynamic and well regarded community that everyone would want to live in and one that experiences annual brain drain and investment exodus Technology in infrastructure and civic design are extremely important applications but so too are communications and civic approval processes involving the everyday citizens of a city For instance in Brazil the State of Rio Grande do Sul pursued a web based policy crowdsourcing initiative in which citizens were invited to co design solutions to address health challenges in the state Through the use of technology the state received over 1 300 proposals resulting in more than 120 000 votes on the prioritization of these different proposals Normally initiatives facilitated by technology have been characterized by relatively low response in terms of citizen engagement but this example demonstrates a change in how people are beginning to accept technology in urban planning practices The City of Melbourne s strategic city planning process is another example where technology has aided in the development of a dynamic real time process to help reengineer their planning process through the use of

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    package or arc upward in a straight line Hell no When did it ever except after several drinks on the last day of a year when our nostalgia got the best of us Now it nearly Midnight Friends and community are waiting It is time to have those drinks enjoy the possibilities and tomorrow get on the path forward Monday December 23 2013 Smart Cities are Early Adopters I would like to amplify on my colleague s last blog as I too participated in The Economist Web debate on Smart Cities I too voted no Smart Cities are not empty hype but I wasn t surprized by the split vote As Robert Bell stated in the last blog Smart Cities are about using a new generation of cheap powerful sensors data storage and software to automate cities using information and communications technology ICT to do more with less Cities that have become involved in these tech enhanced programs like are quite happy with their asset management initiatives But having worked with some of these cities I cannot say that they would qualify as Intelligent Communities They could if they go the next steps and build on the platform that has been built for them by the Smart City technology firm So my position was a little different I felt that these tech companies are doing these cities a big favor by helping them to get a terrific grounding on the first level of intelligent communities namely by focusing on what we call getting the infrastructure right Here is what I said I think it s essential to have smart cities They are not just empty hype Whether they evolve as a result of public policy first or come originally in a box from vendors promoting it to the city technocrats perhaps without a clear picture of where the community is going with it the end result is the same like early adopters these communities will have the benefit of the experience of greater efficiencies in transportation utilities etc improved budgets and overall longer term sustainability than without them Citizens technocrats and decision makers alike will greatly benefit from this experience and want to constantly improve upon their smart community with increased connectivity perhaps even seek to develop ultra high speed broadband throughout their community like Toronto s Waterfront or Chattanooga perhaps more wireless monitoring capabilities will be installed to capture even more data but which might also double up as free Wi Fi for their citizens and maybe even some visioning among thought leaders in the community might result to help to develop a plan to improve their community further or take advantage of underutilized land or buildings which might benefit from these smart services Their city asset managers will greatly benefit from these and likely promote further improvements and maybe even seek more ways for their community to benefit from these smart technologies and methodologies Sooner or later the benefits will also attract investors perhaps even FDI and businesses who want to be associated with these efficient and well planned communities Talent will be attracted to join these new job opportunities more talent will be needed and perhaps local educational institutions will be brought into this activity not only for training to meet the needs of analyzing the big data generated by the smart city but also to investigate and undertake research on what these and future smart cities need how to create them better and other related research in support of smart region planning and execution With these institutions involved more talent is created and attracted to be involved in the local smart community activities Some of these will be highly innovative and creative people benefitting from the smart technologies available in the smart community They might even incubate homegrown businesses as start ups creating innovative products and services that can be commercialized and exported abroad bringing further wealth and prosperity to the area These benefits and increased prosperity can now be shared among the disadvantaged disenfranchised the elderly and single mothers and young children Those disadvantaged in a smart city should be able to benefit from available digital training and become digitally included offering some new opportunities for them and their children I have seen this in the Knowledge Squares in Rio and even in smaller locations such as Riverside California With a smart city as a platform you can begin to get onto the pathway to a higher level of community wide engagement bringing education thought leadership and public policy into the game Ultimately we will want to see these ideas entrenched into public policies so that plans budgets and community wide acceptance and continuous improvement become part of this exercise With all of these elements in place I dare say the marketers of the community better step up and promote the city to attract even further investment talent and jobs to this smart community But at this point I would suggest it goes beyond the concept of smart It has been said by the Mayor of Stratford Canada that you have to be a Smart City to become an Intelligent Community Where the city transforms from smart to Intelligent is another topic for debate but it clearly goes beyond the infrastructure analysis of big data and begins to get into the attitude culture and philosophy of true city building along with its citizens that makes it become intelligent But it has to start somewhere and I would say that it all starts with the smart city Empty Hype Not at all a great platform upon which to build upon Monday December 16 2013 Are Smart Cities Empty Hype This bracing question is posed on the Web site of The Economist and visitors are invited to vote yes or no as well as to post their own comments The voting closed with a hair thin 54 46 victory for no which must be demoralizing for the brilliant technology companies promoting Smart City solutions I was one of the no votes Smart Cities are not empty hype But I suspect the current split decision reflects an uncomfortable truth that the hype to reality ratio is pretty high Smart Cities are about using a new generation of cheap powerful sensors data storage and software to automate cities in the same way we have automated factories over the past decades They are about using information and communications technology ICT to do more with less Processes that once operated in the shadows become visible and measurable which lets cities make better choices Everything happens faster and more reliably which makes constituents happy Costs fall permanently because more efficient processes need fewer people to run them It s all valuable It s just not the revolution that some claim it to be The revolution lies in taking the next step in setting out on the path to become an Intelligent Community Here the goal is to do more with more Intelligent Communities use ICT to generate more economic energy in the form of new employment from new employers and new industries They work to break down social and cultural barriers that hold back part of their populations allowing the benefits of a knowledge based economy to spread far and wide They even use ICT to strength preserve and extend the culture of communities that invisible glue that binds together individuals into a whole and makes a place into a home I would go so far as to say that Smart Cities are about adapting to limits to shrunken municipal budgets lower ambitions and a vision of the future less prosperous than today Intelligent Communities are about envisioning a future limited only by our imaginations and our ambitions for the place we live work and raise the next generation Municipal leaders need to respect the limits of the present But those limits should never be permitted to define the future Monday December 9 2013 2013 Goes Home Going home The phrase resonates at so many levels every time I hear it Most recently the American president Obama used it referring to the final place to which Nelson Mandela had been called upon his passing in Johannesburg South Africa After a remarkable nine and one half decades nearly three of them in jail a lonely struggle and in the end a miraculous transformation from an old tribalism to enlightened national community Mandela set us on a course which remains one part aspirational and one part achieved With his work on Earth now finished said the young American president he had been called home As we all shall be he added In 2013 no doubt as it was in 1320 Home is the word we all embrace for its emotional composition It is both refuge and yet for many still an elusive aspiration At the moment Mandela exited you can be sure that a long long way away the polite ebullient students of Taoyuan County s Chung Ping elementary school a celebrated rural school full of great teachers and digital tools were also headed home as the day s final bell rang As I witnessed when visiting in the Spring a final bow to the teacher ends the day and children file out in an orderly well kind of orderly fashion These children too go home in this case to their parents knowing that they will rise again the next morning in one of the world s Top7 Intelligent Communities and in a country Taiwan that in 2013 claimed for the second time in seven years the world s best example of our collective future In June Taichung was named Intelligent Community of the Year It was the type of place Mandela had in mind for his own nation s communities including Nelson Mandela Bay a 2009 ICF selection As 2013 posts its final grade I can report that in terms of its cities and towns communities and cultures it was a year of progress The Mandela vision of one world moved one inch closer to reality It was a year when the notion of enlightened tribalism was further embraced Thanks to the work of Intelligent Community leaders like Mayors van Gijzel Halloran and Hau Lung bin Taipei is to Eindoven what Waterloo is to Suwon Irrespective of culture or language the identification of a like minded city with similar aspirations and policies shaped by five basic indicators has produced a new form of global governance and cooperation One of the Intelligent Community Forum Foundation s major achievements of the year its Connections program allows communities with much in common to build upon their intelligence and capacities If you set aside the policy papers city council debates legal battles over municipal fiber ownership and the circular confusion over how to best teach people in an era when knowledge has burst through the retaining walls and what we need to know is challenged these communities working together offer cohesion and promise Cohesion and promise formed around a new set of guidelines and realities In each you will hear quality of life spoken of as if a right access debated not as something that might be useful but rather in terms of how fast it can be installed and culture being examined not merely as tourism or a Sunday visit to the local museum but as a natural resource with economic development and gross domestic local product output as its goal While these ideas have been in the air since 1995 the Intelligent Community movement has brought them squarely into the discussion and into the imagination of a new corps of leaders and thinkers 2013 was a watershed year Our year began in January when seven communities were designated as exemplars for all to look toward for guidance The Top7 of 2013 continue to construct admirable home towns One of them Toronto even demonstrated in 13 that a futuristic community can go forward with a backward looking leader In Canada s other Intelligent Community Stratford the future was in sight and the mayor led the way In the two Taiwanese cities among the year s elite seven Taoyuan and Taichung the persuasive strength of their mayors showed the rest of the population the way home Columbus USA Oulu Finland and Tallinn Estonia were examples of places where without a public fuss or dust ups foundations were laid for the future even as headwinds challenged the journey An Intelligent Community is one that is future proof Columbus created nearly 30 000 jobs even as America struggled to regain its economic footing Oulu continued to build an entrepreneurial engine despite having a limited history of doing so and Tallinn as it had done in 1991 pushed its chips to the center of the table again this time betting that education would be the dog that would hunt and hunt well for its citizens in the long term Not all of our alumni communities thrive but all continue to imagine they will and keep at it In 2009 Nelson Mandela Bay became the last Intelligent Community named from South Africa In its annual report the city reported 100 compliance with both fresh water standards and the provisioning of electricity It also created nearly 1 600 new jobs But it has not been easy It reported too that its persistent challenges include a need to develop a shared long term vision and a mission to provide a strategic focus for long term planning It has a 28 unemployment rate But it is free at last and that is not a small thing It is also an Intelligent Community because in 2009 it set itself a task of getting home no matter what the price and showed us the plan and its tenacity We can say it holds its own because it knows that now is not the time to let go of its future After all this is a place named after a giant The most inspired words of the year came spontaneously from the Keynote speaker at our Institute s annual Symposium at Walsh University As he patiently explained to a rapt audience why his Aakash II computer is creating the next one billion mobile users Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli told his story of how the device was created and how it has begun turning India and the developed world inside out and upside down His vision is Apple s with a social conscience Aakash may do for the three billion underserved what the iPad has done for those of us grateful to be among the over privileged It will make a profit and much more I am not by nature an optimist he began but listening to the people in this room and in this movement I can say that there is no longer any room for pessimism For these words alone 2013 was a year to cherish Pessimists need not apply in 2014 Monday December 2 2013 Charging for Internet at Hotels is so Yesterday Over my career I have spent a considerable amount of time in hotel rooms I am currently writing this from the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan looking at their hotel website and wondering why I am facing a 27 Euro per day charge for Internet services in my hotel room Like you I have been surprised how inconsistent the hotel world is about providing access to the Internet for their customers Generally around the world it could be free in the hotel lounge or for around 15 20 per day it could be made available in the comfort of your hotel room But when hotels charge hundreds of dollars per night as it is couldn t they at least throw in the basics of connectivity They provide basic television but charge to see newly released movies That is fair But isn t it ironic that the most expensive hotels like the Intercontinental will charge you 20 per day but the least expensive hotels such as the Hilton Garden Inns will offer it for free It s a minefield of variances out there some offer it for free in the main lounge while others offer it free everywhere either as WiFi or as a dedicated line in the room Some as in Tallinn Estonia even provide free hi grade Skype in the room complete with a Skype device But others charge for a service that might cost the hotelier less than 1 per day and could otherwise help them to market their brands better offer a relatively inexpensive part of the hotel infrastructure as part of the basic hotel charge or simply motivate them to get into the new world and stop gouging for it When cities have found a way to provide free WiFi to its visitors and citizens why do hotels still charge their customers for Internet It s simple actually in a world of declining occupancy hotels believe they need to charge for everything they could beyond their base room rental as an added source of revenue Sound familiar Airlines now charge for baggage in a lucrative move that added millions to their bottom line but are hated for this by their customers and will rue the day when it comes back to bite them so why not charge for Internet access in hotels Telephone revenues for hotels have virtually disappeared with the advent of cell phones Perhaps hotels might try charging for bags next or you could offer to swap the expensive toiletries for free Internet access only kidding Mr Hotelier For Road Warriors who might average 50 hotel nights a year the Internet charges could wind up ending up to be between 500 and 1000 per year This extra charge can be offset with personal Internet devices such as Rocket sticks or by other ways to work around it Sprint for instance offers a small credit card sized MiFi mobile Internet device that allows multiple users to access the Internet It is also possible to ask

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    details Will it all roll up neatly into a package or arc upward in a straight line Hell no When did it ever except after several drinks on the last day of a year when our nostalgia got the best of us Now it nearly Midnight Friends and community are waiting It is time to have those drinks enjoy the possibilities and tomorrow get on the path forward Monday December 23 2013 Smart Cities are Early Adopters I would like to amplify on my colleague s last blog as I too participated in The Economist Web debate on Smart Cities I too voted no Smart Cities are not empty hype but I wasn t surprized by the split vote As Robert Bell stated in the last blog Smart Cities are about using a new generation of cheap powerful sensors data storage and software to automate cities using information and communications technology ICT to do more with less Cities that have become involved in these tech enhanced programs like are quite happy with their asset management initiatives But having worked with some of these cities I cannot say that they would qualify as Intelligent Communities They could if they go the next steps and build on the platform that has been built for them by the Smart City technology firm So my position was a little different I felt that these tech companies are doing these cities a big favor by helping them to get a terrific grounding on the first level of intelligent communities namely by focusing on what we call getting the infrastructure right Here is what I said I think it s essential to have smart cities They are not just empty hype Whether they evolve as a result of public policy first or come originally in a box from vendors promoting it to the city technocrats perhaps without a clear picture of where the community is going with it the end result is the same like early adopters these communities will have the benefit of the experience of greater efficiencies in transportation utilities etc improved budgets and overall longer term sustainability than without them Citizens technocrats and decision makers alike will greatly benefit from this experience and want to constantly improve upon their smart community with increased connectivity perhaps even seek to develop ultra high speed broadband throughout their community like Toronto s Waterfront or Chattanooga perhaps more wireless monitoring capabilities will be installed to capture even more data but which might also double up as free Wi Fi for their citizens and maybe even some visioning among thought leaders in the community might result to help to develop a plan to improve their community further or take advantage of underutilized land or buildings which might benefit from these smart services Their city asset managers will greatly benefit from these and likely promote further improvements and maybe even seek more ways for their community to benefit from these smart technologies and methodologies Sooner or later the benefits will also attract investors perhaps even FDI and businesses who want to be associated with these efficient and well planned communities Talent will be attracted to join these new job opportunities more talent will be needed and perhaps local educational institutions will be brought into this activity not only for training to meet the needs of analyzing the big data generated by the smart city but also to investigate and undertake research on what these and future smart cities need how to create them better and other related research in support of smart region planning and execution With these institutions involved more talent is created and attracted to be involved in the local smart community activities Some of these will be highly innovative and creative people benefitting from the smart technologies available in the smart community They might even incubate homegrown businesses as start ups creating innovative products and services that can be commercialized and exported abroad bringing further wealth and prosperity to the area These benefits and increased prosperity can now be shared among the disadvantaged disenfranchised the elderly and single mothers and young children Those disadvantaged in a smart city should be able to benefit from available digital training and become digitally included offering some new opportunities for them and their children I have seen this in the Knowledge Squares in Rio and even in smaller locations such as Riverside California With a smart city as a platform you can begin to get onto the pathway to a higher level of community wide engagement bringing education thought leadership and public policy into the game Ultimately we will want to see these ideas entrenched into public policies so that plans budgets and community wide acceptance and continuous improvement become part of this exercise With all of these elements in place I dare say the marketers of the community better step up and promote the city to attract even further investment talent and jobs to this smart community But at this point I would suggest it goes beyond the concept of smart It has been said by the Mayor of Stratford Canada that you have to be a Smart City to become an Intelligent Community Where the city transforms from smart to Intelligent is another topic for debate but it clearly goes beyond the infrastructure analysis of big data and begins to get into the attitude culture and philosophy of true city building along with its citizens that makes it become intelligent But it has to start somewhere and I would say that it all starts with the smart city Empty Hype Not at all a great platform upon which to build upon Monday December 16 2013 Are Smart Cities Empty Hype This bracing question is posed on the Web site of The Economist and visitors are invited to vote yes or no as well as to post their own comments The voting closed with a hair thin 54 46 victory for no which must be demoralizing for the brilliant technology companies promoting Smart City solutions I was one of the no votes Smart Cities are not empty hype But I suspect the current split decision reflects an uncomfortable truth that the hype to reality ratio is pretty high Smart Cities are about using a new generation of cheap powerful sensors data storage and software to automate cities in the same way we have automated factories over the past decades They are about using information and communications technology ICT to do more with less Processes that once operated in the shadows become visible and measurable which lets cities make better choices Everything happens faster and more reliably which makes constituents happy Costs fall permanently because more efficient processes need fewer people to run them It s all valuable It s just not the revolution that some claim it to be The revolution lies in taking the next step in setting out on the path to become an Intelligent Community Here the goal is to do more with more Intelligent Communities use ICT to generate more economic energy in the form of new employment from new employers and new industries They work to break down social and cultural barriers that hold back part of their populations allowing the benefits of a knowledge based economy to spread far and wide They even use ICT to strength preserve and extend the culture of communities that invisible glue that binds together individuals into a whole and makes a place into a home I would go so far as to say that Smart Cities are about adapting to limits to shrunken municipal budgets lower ambitions and a vision of the future less prosperous than today Intelligent Communities are about envisioning a future limited only by our imaginations and our ambitions for the place we live work and raise the next generation Municipal leaders need to respect the limits of the present But those limits should never be permitted to define the future Monday December 9 2013 2013 Goes Home Going home The phrase resonates at so many levels every time I hear it Most recently the American president Obama used it referring to the final place to which Nelson Mandela had been called upon his passing in Johannesburg South Africa After a remarkable nine and one half decades nearly three of them in jail a lonely struggle and in the end a miraculous transformation from an old tribalism to enlightened national community Mandela set us on a course which remains one part aspirational and one part achieved With his work on Earth now finished said the young American president he had been called home As we all shall be he added In 2013 no doubt as it was in 1320 Home is the word we all embrace for its emotional composition It is both refuge and yet for many still an elusive aspiration At the moment Mandela exited you can be sure that a long long way away the polite ebullient students of Taoyuan County s Chung Ping elementary school a celebrated rural school full of great teachers and digital tools were also headed home as the day s final bell rang As I witnessed when visiting in the Spring a final bow to the teacher ends the day and children file out in an orderly well kind of orderly fashion These children too go home in this case to their parents knowing that they will rise again the next morning in one of the world s Top7 Intelligent Communities and in a country Taiwan that in 2013 claimed for the second time in seven years the world s best example of our collective future In June Taichung was named Intelligent Community of the Year It was the type of place Mandela had in mind for his own nation s communities including Nelson Mandela Bay a 2009 ICF selection As 2013 posts its final grade I can report that in terms of its cities and towns communities and cultures it was a year of progress The Mandela vision of one world moved one inch closer to reality It was a year when the notion of enlightened tribalism was further embraced Thanks to the work of Intelligent Community leaders like Mayors van Gijzel Halloran and Hau Lung bin Taipei is to Eindoven what Waterloo is to Suwon Irrespective of culture or language the identification of a like minded city with similar aspirations and policies shaped by five basic indicators has produced a new form of global governance and cooperation One of the Intelligent Community Forum Foundation s major achievements of the year its Connections program allows communities with much in common to build upon their intelligence and capacities If you set aside the policy papers city council debates legal battles over municipal fiber ownership and the circular confusion over how to best teach people in an era when knowledge has burst through the retaining walls and what we need to know is challenged these communities working together offer cohesion and promise Cohesion and promise formed around a new set of guidelines and realities In each you will hear quality of life spoken of as if a right access debated not as something that might be useful but rather in terms of how fast it can be installed and culture being examined not merely as tourism or a Sunday visit to the local museum but as a natural resource with economic development and gross domestic local product output as its goal While these ideas have been in the air since 1995 the Intelligent Community movement has brought them squarely into the discussion and into the imagination of a new corps of leaders and thinkers 2013 was a watershed year Our year began in January when seven communities were designated as exemplars for all to look toward for guidance The Top7 of 2013 continue to construct admirable home towns One of them Toronto even demonstrated in 13 that a futuristic community can go forward with a backward looking leader In Canada s other Intelligent Community Stratford the future was in sight and the mayor led the way In the two Taiwanese cities among the year s elite seven Taoyuan and Taichung the persuasive strength of their mayors showed the rest of the population the way home Columbus USA Oulu Finland and Tallinn Estonia were examples of places where without a public fuss or dust ups foundations were laid for the future even as headwinds challenged the journey An Intelligent Community is one that is future proof Columbus created nearly 30 000 jobs even as America struggled to regain its economic footing Oulu continued to build an entrepreneurial engine despite having a limited history of doing so and Tallinn as it had done in 1991 pushed its chips to the center of the table again this time betting that education would be the dog that would hunt and hunt well for its citizens in the long term Not all of our alumni communities thrive but all continue to imagine they will and keep at it In 2009 Nelson Mandela Bay became the last Intelligent Community named from South Africa In its annual report the city reported 100 compliance with both fresh water standards and the provisioning of electricity It also created nearly 1 600 new jobs But it has not been easy It reported too that its persistent challenges include a need to develop a shared long term vision and a mission to provide a strategic focus for long term planning It has a 28 unemployment rate But it is free at last and that is not a small thing It is also an Intelligent Community because in 2009 it set itself a task of getting home no matter what the price and showed us the plan and its tenacity We can say it holds its own because it knows that now is not the time to let go of its future After all this is a place named after a giant The most inspired words of the year came spontaneously from the Keynote speaker at our Institute s annual Symposium at Walsh University As he patiently explained to a rapt audience why his Aakash II computer is creating the next one billion mobile users Datawind CEO Suneet Singh Tuli told his story of how the device was created and how it has begun turning India and the developed world inside out and upside down His vision is Apple s with a social conscience Aakash may do for the three billion underserved what the iPad has done for those of us grateful to be among the over privileged It will make a profit and much more I am not by nature an optimist he began but listening to the people in this room and in this movement I can say that there is no longer any room for pessimism For these words alone 2013 was a year to cherish Pessimists need not apply in 2014 Monday December 2 2013 Charging for Internet at Hotels is so Yesterday Over my career I have spent a considerable amount of time in hotel rooms I am currently writing this from the Hotel Principe di Savoia in Milan looking at their hotel website and wondering why I am facing a 27 Euro per day charge for Internet services in my hotel room Like you I have been surprised how inconsistent the hotel world is about providing access to the Internet for their customers Generally around the world it could be free in the hotel lounge or for around 15 20 per day it could be made available in the comfort of your hotel room But when hotels charge hundreds of dollars per night as it is couldn t they at least throw in the basics of connectivity They provide basic television but charge to see newly released movies That is fair But isn t it ironic that the most expensive hotels like the Intercontinental will charge you 20 per day but the least expensive hotels such as the Hilton Garden Inns will offer it for free It s a minefield of variances out there some offer it for free in the main lounge while others offer it free everywhere either as WiFi or as a dedicated line in the room Some as in Tallinn Estonia even provide free hi grade Skype in the room complete with a Skype device But others charge for a service that might cost the hotelier less than 1 per day and could otherwise help them to market their brands better offer a relatively inexpensive part of the hotel infrastructure as part of the basic hotel charge or simply motivate them to get into the new world and stop gouging for it When cities have found a way to provide free WiFi to its visitors and citizens why do hotels still charge their customers for Internet It s simple actually in a world of declining occupancy hotels believe they need to charge for everything they could beyond their base room rental as an added source of revenue Sound familiar Airlines now charge for baggage in a lucrative move that added millions to their bottom line but are hated for this by their customers and will rue the day when it comes back to bite them so why not charge for Internet access in hotels Telephone revenues for hotels have virtually disappeared with the advent of cell phones Perhaps hotels might try charging for bags next or you could offer to swap the expensive toiletries for free Internet access only kidding Mr Hotelier For Road Warriors who might average 50 hotel nights a year the Internet charges could wind up ending up to be between 500 and 1000 per year This extra charge can be offset with personal Internet devices such as Rocket sticks or by other ways to work around it Sprint for instance offers a small credit card sized MiFi mobile Internet device that allows multiple users to

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    holidays everyone Peace to people of good will Monday December 10 2012 Feel the Fear Oslo Norway Oslo is cold tonight As we were descending our pilot informed us that it is 10 C with snow and blustery winds prevailing One hour after I arrived at my hotel lobby it was pitch dark This was 15 30 in the afternoon It made a cold city colder During Nobel Peace Prize week Norwegians joke that any guest who jumps from tall buildings here need never worry They will freeze to death before they hit the ground Yet their city like Oulu in Finland and Stockholm in nearby Sweden keeps moving toward the light Oslo proves yet again that neither size nor geography matter all that much today Although Oslo is not an ICF Intelligent Community or even part of the European Union which is being awarded the Nobel Prize tonight it has gathered to it this week people who choose to ignore fear and as a result move us all toward political illumination and more open societies Good for Oslo I am here to take part in a Cisco produced forum called Visioning an Open Society I have been invited to represent ICF and to discuss what Intelligent Communities might do to enable a more open creatively vigorous society I do my thing tomorrow after former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown opens the program I will join him and Jens Mortensen of Cisco s Public Service group to facilitate a deep dive into the issue There will 20 invited thought leaders from around the world Among them will be my guest Mayor Rob van Gijzel of Eindhoven as well Professor Ashish Lal of the Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Affairs in Singapore The mayor led his city to the Intelligent Community of the Year prize in 2011 Recently Eindhoven also became a Cultural Capital of Europe These are two strong endorsements of the renaissance of a former No Name City As with other places ICF represents here this week Eindhoven and its leadership including its Brainport organization is an advocate of the global Intelligent Community movement Eindhoven s efforts continue to reinforce new ideas about how we will build communities for the 21st Century some of which I plan to discuss for the first time My experience here helps me form the basis for a new initiative at ICF The new initiative will depend a great deal on the degree to which creativity and open platforms can be part of 21st century community life What will that life to look like in real terms in the years ahead You will feel it when you see it But you must look Whenever I travel I seek out the rhythm and tone of a place I try to form an intuitive impressionistic image I take no maps nor do I prepare a route I set out on foot or by public transportation preferably alone and head aimlessly out to seek the soul of a place A path never fails to emerge What I find connects itself to other places that I have seen They connect as well to new ideas which I am fortunate enough to be able take around the world It is the joy and the art of this work We then fill it in with facts plenty of them A few hours ago I was walking around Oslo hoping to get a sense what I might say this week at the Nobel Peace Prize events about the special nature of Intelligent Communities You find stuff in the damndest places Or as my Jesuit friends might say grace finds you But you must look and be available I did and I guess I am for I looked at a sign above a small store in the Oslo City Mall a well traveled destination near the Sonja Heines Plass The sign had only the store s name But what a name It articulated a fact about open societies and why Intelligent Communities are becoming transformative notions early in our new century This small store has chosen a name that updates the famous phrase of former American President Roosevelt who said famously during a great transitional period in world history The only thing we have to fear is fear itself This hip store put a decidedly current twist on that by calling itself Feel the Fear and do it anyway I love that name Sure we feel fear Cyberterror fiscal cliffs and uncertain futures But fear has always been with us like sun cold snow and sea So what The great artist Georgia O Keefe said I am terrified every moment of my life but it has not stopped me from doing anything We do it anyway Today communities re energize in every sector of the planet If there is anything separating the light from the dark in our public sectors it is the community that has retaken its destiny It is the one forcing illumination onto pitch black The ones using technology not to enslave or to make people more efficient economic units but rather fully enabled human beings I will hopefully tell their story I will hopefully tell it as well as they are writing history for you They are doing it so forcefully that ICF gets invited to be in a place like this in a place that honors peace and prosperity I only wish I had brought heavier socks Tuesday December 4 2012 From One Community to a Smart Region Part 2 By Scot Rourke CEO OneCommunity 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