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    will They are wonderful and deserving in every category It was good to see such smiling faces on the stage They are inspiring people who are working very very hard to produce a very powerful new holy trinity of environmental policy broadband infrastructure and democratic socialism or what I call the effort to wed technology to the inalienable right to dignity for every citizen If you are not one of the communities on the plaque be proud if someday our new ICF Trophy Case with the names of previous intelligent communities of the year on it arrives in your town after the Summit in May in New York You will be called a winner and will have earned a special distinction Yet be mindful that the man who won an Oscar continued to practice his clarinet in a local pub the night he was named the best in his field While I would never want you to stay home when you are among the Top Seven it is worth remembering that creating a community that everyone admires is wonderful creating the perfect community where every citizen will prosper and realize their own dignity someday is the main reason to continue to practice Friday May 22 2009 Could America Learn from Moncton It s my responsibility as a singer songwriter to report the news JOHN COUGAR MELLENCAMP In some respects the economic struggle America is fighting today is no different than the challenge a modest Maritime city faced in the mid 1980 s About thirty years ago the small town of Moncton New Brunswick was far different from what we see today When the CNR Shops closed for good in the late 80s things looked mighty bleak for a community that staked it s brand on being the Hub of the Maritimes Moncton s downtown took on the appearance of a deserted Montana mining town with saloon doors blowing in the wind and tumbleweed dancing in the streets There was more plywood than windows on Main Street storefronts The heart of the city was boarded up in such a way that Moncton resembled Berlin after the bombing CFB Moncton was also closed after defence cutbacks resulting from the end of the Cold War Rock bottom may have been reached in the form of a lacklustre promotional slogan from the city Greater Moncton We re OK But it wasn t before long a small group of Moncton s movers and shakers started doing their thing Personal and political interests were placed on the shelf An economic summit sparked a steady upward climb in civic spirit What followed is known nationwide as the Moncton Miracle one of Canada s best examples of how a community can overcome economic disaster and rise again by building on its strengths Frank McKenna s government lured key players in the call centre industry as the city transitioned from the old economy to a more modern one Since then this bilingual community has become a major Canadian customer contact and back office center powering the creation of 20 000 new jobs largely in management finance health services technology and education Meanwhile south of the border our red white and blue friends find themselves in a money mess the likes of which you and I have never witnessed in our lifetime The sub prime mortgage crisis Hedge funds built on flimsy foundations of mortgage backed quicksand Little pink houses foreclosing by the bushel Trillion dollar deficits and the paper in fire infusion of billions in tax dollars to rescue private corporations An American made fantasy economy where profits are private and losses are public How did this happen Running low on cash America tells the shopkeeper to put it on her charge account He gladly complies making a tidy profit on the interest But she still hungers for more and as time passes less goes to buying groceries and more is needed to pay down the credit cards Eventually she can t make the payments on the interest she owes The walls come crumblin down and America collapses in an economic earthquake sending shock waves around the world The city of Moncton NB can relate The scale and circumstances might be different but the patterns for recovery are probably quite similar Specifically in reference to the intangible elements required to turn things around Back in the Eighties many a Monctonian was screaming for financial gifts from Ottawa to replace the CN Shops and other traditional industries Instead of dollars to create dead end jobs the feds offered the City infrastructure money to rebuild sidewalks and renew streetscapes It was this refusal to underwrite any type of bailout that forced Moncton s hand to make lemonade out of federal funding lemons When the squeeze was on Moncton developed a juiced attitude towards self directed economic growth And has been savoring the benefits ever since In 2009 the City of Moncton has been named one of the World s Top 7 Intelligent Cities by the Intelligent Community Forum an international think tank that monitors job creation and economic development in the broadband economy In 2008 KPMG ranked Moncton as the lowest cost location for business among urban centers in Atlantic Canada and New England for the second consecutive time In 2008 the Economic Development Association of Canada EDAC awarded the City of Moncton with its Canada Marketing Award in 2008 for its new Corporate Brand In 2004 Canadian Business Magazine ranked Moncton The Best Place to do Business in Canada Since then Moncton has remained on CBM s Top 10 list for five consecutive years There have been many other accolades and endorsements but perhaps none greater than when the Mick Keith the Stones rolled into town on the Bigger Bang tour in September of 2005 to a crowd of more than 80 000 at the Magnetic Hill concert site The same venue that will feature acts such as Bon Jovi and AC DC later this summer Moncton it would appear

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    explains as he shepherds me into his second floor office His office is a mastery of feng shui with light water wind and wood He is a student of Asian Studies especially the Japanese language He proudly speaks of his many projects in Issy but just as quickly focuses on his vision to develop a sister city relationship with a similar minded Japanese city Ichikawa is in his sights Ichikawa is one of the communities that attained a Top 7 Intelligent Community status in 2006 Issy has been a Top 7 Intelligent Community in 2005 2007 and 2009 These are clearly like minded communities and building relationships among ICF Alumni cities makes sense But that is for another report Here I am in Issy les Moulineaux Issy for short I am told because it is too difficult to say especially by foreigners This is a community on the edge of Paris within sight of the Eiffel Tower but it is a different place altogether In a word tech city par excellence I am here to undertake a site visit of one of the Top 7 Intelligent Communities Reading the ICF Intelligent Community Application is never like seeing an Intelligent Community it in its flesh It could look like any town anywhere but scratch beneath the surface and you can see what it means to be an intelligent community Issy is a medium sized community of 60 000 residents but it attracts another 70 000 workers during each and every working day Yes that is right you didn t read it incorrectly More people work there than live there Of course it adds to the local taxes but it does so much more for the community The community looks very well off It effuses a very high quality of life Intermixed with shops residential educational institutions and parks are high tech companies research labs and brand new edifices boasting European headquarters for Cisco Microsoft and France Telecom s Orange At the Orange Labs in Issy I am hosted to a telepresence discussion with their labs in Poland I also am offered the opportunity to experience a brand new 3D video conferencing experience I have never seen anything like it You are the first member of the public to try this What do you think I am asked I am sure that they say that to all their guests But no monsieur I am assured that this is not yet public Eight cameras focus on you and as long as you do not move around too much the depth of the image is clearly there When a box is shown to me I feel that I can reach out and grab it Highly inventive I can see applications to 3D planning applications in city planning approvals I am assured that they have already thought of that and Issy already has a 3D building profile system on the web Now I know that I am already living in the future One company after

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    government is it But hey at least the paper covered it I wish I could take the residents of my town to visit Issy les Moulineaux in France one of our 2009 Top Seven Intelligent Communities It too is a suburb though with over 61 000 residents it is nearly eight times larger than mine In Issy they also believe that the Web has potential to inform residents but that s about where the resemblance ends In 1980 the people of Issy elected a visionary named Andre Santini as their Mayor He made it his mission to rebuild Issy s economy for a time when information and communications technology ICT would take the place of traditional industry as a generator of jobs He and his team did it so effectively that Issy now more jobs than residents Instead of people commuting out of town in the morning as I do most days they are commuting into Issy to work How did they do it Mayor Santini believed that government should lead by example In 1997 Issy outsourced its entire IT operation to a private company so that his team could innovate at the speed of business rather than of the civil service The vendor has reengineered Issy s government portal launched in 1994 to provide news online public procurement online applications for permits streaming video of City Council meetings a citizen relationship management system and an interactive Citizen Panel that involves residents in decision making Until January 1998 France Telecom held a monopoly on all telecommunications The end of the monopoly began a slow halting process to open up the market except in Issy where the government had negotiated deals with alternative carriers to build networks that went live as soon as the monopoly ended Today a total of six alternative carriers provide communications services and broadband penetration is at 80 compared with the French average of 50 Today in Issy your kids can attend a CyberKindergarten where parents check in by Web cam and interact with their children Elders can go to a CyberTearoom to learn digital skills in a comforting environment Neighborhood council elections are conducted online and in the most recent vote attracted 62 of residents Issy also has an aggressive economic development program targeting ICT companies but does not engage in the typical tax based incentive strategies It counts instead on offering a location near Paris with superior broadband infrastructure a business friendly climate and innovative e services The combination seems to work Today 57 of the companies in Issy are in the ICT sector including Cisco Systems Europe s regional headquarters Orange Internet Sybase Marie Claire Group Canal Eurosport GlobeCast and Microsoft Europe This success has made it possible for Issy s population to grow 35 since 1990 without any increase in government payrolls Meanwhile back here in northern New Jersey my town s leaders are clearly worried about being accused of wasting money on this new fangled Web stuff Borough Clerk Barbara Nasuto said of hosting the Web site It s not cheap Converting the site cost 6 000 and the annual expenses for running it are 3 000 per year Don t get me wrong I love my little town But 3 000 is about what it costs this commuter per year to leave it and work somewhere else Monday March 9 2009 Innovation on the Left Bank of New York I am usually asked two questions regarding the annual Building the Broadband Economy Summit in New York 1 Who will be named Intelligent Community of the Year from among the seven communities and 2 Why is Brooklyn the site of your Summit To answer the first question I do not know No one does I do know that each of the Top Seven are remarkable places and typify the best practices of communities in the Broadband Economy One of the best things about the Summit is when I engage each in a 30 minute conversation I do this as part of a segment called Top Seven Conversations You can see last year s conversations on our web site I am keen to interview Stockholm and Eindhoven two communities I am tasked with inspecting this month Both are innovation centers which incubate businesses as part of a long term strategy for job creation I plan to blog from Stockholm and Eindhoven during my site visits The second question Why Brooklyn is easy to answer Forgive me if my passion for the place sounds like promotional copy for the Travel section of the Times or a sales pitch for a place which has given my think tank a home But I temper my old instincts as an ad copywriter by saying simply that you have to like a place that produced the second most prolific inventor of the 20th Century Read on I answer the second question with a question Where else but Brooklyn One of America s greatest poets Walt Whitman long ago made his home there I can feel the truth of his words and his passion for the place in his work I understand it Breukelen the original name was named after the community in Holland Today it is a community of over 2 million people that is larger than Manhattan It is cinematically famous for its bridge and the toughness of its citizens But people should get over that image The bridge is beautiful and the people are like people everywhere who work and struggle to prosper in the world There remains an image of a brawling modestly educated place where people are looking for a fight or way to cut a corner As with most stereotypes that image of Brooklyn needs to be balanced with Nobel Prizes and great works of literature finance and human culture which pour out of Brooklyn and innovation which runs as deep and as forcefully as the currents in the East River During the resurgence of New York beginning in the mid 1990 s

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    by the Gulf States in ICF s initiatives over the next few years Tuesday January 27 2009 Gulf States Discover Intelligent Communities January 19 21 2009 The Gulf States principally the Intelligent Cities in Saudi Arabia held an extensive Intelligent Cities Conference and Exhibition in King Abdulaziz Historical Hall at Umm Al Qura University in Mecca For a complete listing of the conference refer to www iccsaudi com I represented ICF as the morning Keynote speaker on the topic of creating Intelligent Communities I laid out ICF s criteria and examples from around the world In subsequent presentations such as Saudi Arabia General Investment Authority s SAGIA presentation on Saudi Arabia s New Economic and Knowledge Cities they fully complemented our presentation with similar thinking and examples of cities they studied in the development of their economic cities In fact their criteria were the same They had done their homework So did many of the other presenters It was amazing Here were architects engineers lawyers accountants magistrates and educators from around the world and from the Gulf States all coming together in this first Intelligent Cities conference in Saudi Arabia They were wonderfully inquisitive They asked questions that showed they had thought about it and they simply got it I have attended conferences on wireless satellites and broadcasting ICT and fiber optics I have attended conferences on urban planning urban design and on competitiveness among others And of course our own Intelligent Community event Apart from our own event this is the closest to a complete understanding of the concepts and goals that the Intelligent Community attempts to convey Cisco s Executive Vice President Cisco Services Chief Globalization Officer Wim Elfrink spoke about Intelligent Cities Evolving Trends and Global Initiatives while other presentations focused on WiMax RFID technologies examples of success stories around the world such as the Korean Intelligent Infrastructure and applications and Intelligent Building technologies The trade show featured extensive development opportunities and projects underway in Makkah The Governor of the Makkah Region HRH Khalid Al Faisal Al Saud was the patron of the event and spoke passionately of the need to create Intelligent cities for the diversification of the Saudi economy and the emergence of Makkah as a significant future Intelligent Community Virtual access for all however physical access would still be restricted to Muslims only Will Digital Britain be Stalled by the bad Economy Missing one s plane sometimes has its side benefits Sitting in Heathrow Airport between flights from Saudi Arabia and North America I happened upon a telecom expert who gave me his rundown on what is happening in the plan to create a Digital Britain Seems as if the government s plans to stay ahead of the curve is being set back by the economy We ve heard that one before Apparently British Telecom has put its plan to build a new super fast broadband network for 10 million British homes on hold and has asked its competitors to pitch in to meet

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    then I encourage you to study the current candidates select your choice for the Top Seven and please have Hau oli Makahiki Hou a Happy New Year Wednesday December 17 2008 How Not to Build a Community Network Part Five This is the last in my series on how local governments develop their own broadband networks and the lessons we all can learn from them In our soon to be published book Broadband Economies I and my fellow authors outline a broad range of strategies that communities take to promoting broadband from encouraging the private sector to competing directly with them Watch for the announcement of publication in mid January However your community sets about this challenging task here s lesson number five of five on how not to do it wrong If you decide to compete with the private sector in transmission or services do not assume that companies will take it lying down When communities decide to build networks they are often surprised to find the private sector blocking their way Governments are not accustomed to dealing with competition They are further disadvantaged in any competitive encounter by the fact that all of their plans and budgets are public knowledge whereas the private sector is entitled to keep secrets Private companies may lodge protests in council in local courts at the state provincial national or Commission level The City of Paris has been locked in conflict for years with private carriers that naturally enough do not wish to have government competing with them in one of the world s most lucrative markets Even if these protests are unsuccessful the private sector has the option of underpricing the community network in order to make it lose money Communities must take all of these possibilities into account in their business plans They can also explore opportunities to partner with private sector carriers on expanding service into underserved areas or improving quality of service This requires a certain degree of enlightenment on the part of the carriers which is often in short supply But when communities show determination to move forward it can motivate carriers to adopt a more cooperative attitude Past How Not to Build a Community Network Posts Do not do it because it feels good Nov 7 Never believe that any organization public or private will provide a network to the community for free Nov 14 Do not build it and expect users to come Nov 21 Never forget how much money a community network can save your government Dec 5 Friday December 12 2008 Cleveland Too Big to Fail As Cleveland Goes So Goes America Cleveland is the story of America in the 21st Century After the Obama Stimulation Plan of 2009 works we will have 2 5 million new jobs If they are to be jobs that will position America to compete in the 21st century we will need to transition from an analog economy and largely fragmented and disconnected education system If the stimulus is to work it must have enough dry powder to enable the necessary investments to transition us forward into the 21st century We have seen the first wave of legacy interests lining up to extract public largesse to support the 20th century Next up in the cue will be the airlines followed by the telecommunications industry The too big to fail argument is the story of Cleveland Today most people in Cleveland are not so sure anymore We have been in transition for nearly 50 years The bedrock of our sense of invisibility through much of the late 19th and 20th century is based on our contribution to inventing and leading core industries that have defined Cleveland and the American Century Today one by one the leadership of each of these industries will be sitting in front of benches of elected officials looking for bailouts from the economic stimulus package The most difficult decision a leader can make is to find the courage and strategy for shifting scarce human financial technical and political capital towards transition NEOhio has led and inspired the nation in the past If we choose to we can do it again One of the most important risks we face is the debate on stimulus for broadband in the United States Every country in the OECD advanced economies except the United States has a policy to invest in 21st century broadband infrastructure Like much else in the past 25 years our broadband future has been tied to the rhetoric of the free market and resulted in oligopolistic control by the telecom industry Legacy investments in this quickly changing industry have served as a dead weight to our entire economy and education systems Telecom and cable companies have no choice but to seek to extract annuity returns from 25 year old investments Bandwidth is the key transportation investment of the 21st century Global competitiveness and our education system is tightly connected to investments in the broadband economy To its credit there is near certainty that the Obama administration will begin to attend to this deficit in the upcoming stimulus package The biggest risk the country and regions like NEOhio face is the near certainty that the telecos and cable industry will do a 180 degree shift and now line up to receive billions of dollars to build the country s next generation broadband economy Governors who have invested more than 2 5b in regional optical networks over the past five years should join forces with University Presidents and other public sector thought leaders and offer the Obama administration an opportunity to leverage these public investments These networks can be the platform of our competitive 21st century economy The bottom line must be a clarion call that preserves the public interest in the most important transportation system of the 21st century Together in Northeast Ohio we have a regional advantage in the broadband economy of the future OneCommunity is our regional community network infrastructure project It has been remarkably successful

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    Seven communities you read about on 21 January Until then I encourage you to study the current candidates select your choice for the Top Seven and please have Hau oli Makahiki Hou a Happy New Year Wednesday December 17 2008 How Not to Build a Community Network Part Five This is the last in my series on how local governments develop their own broadband networks and the lessons we all can learn from them In our soon to be published book Broadband Economies I and my fellow authors outline a broad range of strategies that communities take to promoting broadband from encouraging the private sector to competing directly with them Watch for the announcement of publication in mid January However your community sets about this challenging task here s lesson number five of five on how not to do it wrong If you decide to compete with the private sector in transmission or services do not assume that companies will take it lying down When communities decide to build networks they are often surprised to find the private sector blocking their way Governments are not accustomed to dealing with competition They are further disadvantaged in any competitive encounter by the fact that all of their plans and budgets are public knowledge whereas the private sector is entitled to keep secrets Private companies may lodge protests in council in local courts at the state provincial national or Commission level The City of Paris has been locked in conflict for years with private carriers that naturally enough do not wish to have government competing with them in one of the world s most lucrative markets Even if these protests are unsuccessful the private sector has the option of underpricing the community network in order to make it lose money Communities must take all of these possibilities into account in their business plans They can also explore opportunities to partner with private sector carriers on expanding service into underserved areas or improving quality of service This requires a certain degree of enlightenment on the part of the carriers which is often in short supply But when communities show determination to move forward it can motivate carriers to adopt a more cooperative attitude Past How Not to Build a Community Network Posts Do not do it because it feels good Nov 7 Never believe that any organization public or private will provide a network to the community for free Nov 14 Do not build it and expect users to come Nov 21 Never forget how much money a community network can save your government Dec 5 Friday December 12 2008 Cleveland Too Big to Fail As Cleveland Goes So Goes America Cleveland is the story of America in the 21st Century After the Obama Stimulation Plan of 2009 works we will have 2 5 million new jobs If they are to be jobs that will position America to compete in the 21st century we will need to transition from an analog economy and largely fragmented and disconnected education system If the stimulus is to work it must have enough dry powder to enable the necessary investments to transition us forward into the 21st century We have seen the first wave of legacy interests lining up to extract public largesse to support the 20th century Next up in the cue will be the airlines followed by the telecommunications industry The too big to fail argument is the story of Cleveland Today most people in Cleveland are not so sure anymore We have been in transition for nearly 50 years The bedrock of our sense of invisibility through much of the late 19th and 20th century is based on our contribution to inventing and leading core industries that have defined Cleveland and the American Century Today one by one the leadership of each of these industries will be sitting in front of benches of elected officials looking for bailouts from the economic stimulus package The most difficult decision a leader can make is to find the courage and strategy for shifting scarce human financial technical and political capital towards transition NEOhio has led and inspired the nation in the past If we choose to we can do it again One of the most important risks we face is the debate on stimulus for broadband in the United States Every country in the OECD advanced economies except the United States has a policy to invest in 21st century broadband infrastructure Like much else in the past 25 years our broadband future has been tied to the rhetoric of the free market and resulted in oligopolistic control by the telecom industry Legacy investments in this quickly changing industry have served as a dead weight to our entire economy and education systems Telecom and cable companies have no choice but to seek to extract annuity returns from 25 year old investments Bandwidth is the key transportation investment of the 21st century Global competitiveness and our education system is tightly connected to investments in the broadband economy To its credit there is near certainty that the Obama administration will begin to attend to this deficit in the upcoming stimulus package The biggest risk the country and regions like NEOhio face is the near certainty that the telecos and cable industry will do a 180 degree shift and now line up to receive billions of dollars to build the country s next generation broadband economy Governors who have invested more than 2 5b in regional optical networks over the past five years should join forces with University Presidents and other public sector thought leaders and offer the Obama administration an opportunity to leverage these public investments These networks can be the platform of our competitive 21st century economy The bottom line must be a clarion call that preserves the public interest in the most important transportation system of the 21st century Together in Northeast Ohio we have a regional advantage in the broadband economy of the future OneCommunity is our regional

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    good reasoning To quote Confucius The superior man understands what is right the inferior one what will sell It is hard to believe that this will persist if only because our collective economic survival may be at risk We have seen politicians follow community leaders and rise to great heights when the needs of their communities beckoned As the dust settles from the current storm the political and institutional landscape will begin to look far different than it does in 2008 Nearly forty years of economic growth and expansion driven by sound conservative economic ideas a robust assertion of capitalism and some of the fruits of the technological revolution will cool some as state intervention moves more into national life in many places The pendulum swings While this may stunt growth in order to bring stability to the middle class and financial institutions it will be the case in my view that communities will remain the engines of innovation and growth as they have been for the past 10 15 years The Broadband Economy is certainly here to stay and its successes are among the bright spots today On Tuesday November 25 we will learn how four intelligent communities built their economies using a blend of innovation broadband and collaboration A special ePanel Creating a More Connected Community with Broadband will bring together four intelligent communities including our 2004 Intelligent Community of the Year Glasgow online Thanks to the Ministry of Government Services of Ontario Canada people worldwide will have a chance to listen to four leaders discuss how they built a community for the future If you missed the live ePanel discussion send an email to digitalontario ontario ca or to ICF and you ll be sent a link to review the presentations and experience the ePanel Friday November 21 2008 How Not to Develop a Community Network Part Three One way to learn how to do something is to see examples of how not to do it These examples may not show you the right path but they can help you avoid some of the mistakes that we humans seem hard wired to make In two recent posts I recommended that municipal leaders never ever develop a municipal network because it it feels like the right thing to do and to avoid at all costs believing that any organization is going to build you a network for free Here s my third of five recommendations on how not to develop a community network Do not build it and expect users to come One of the most common mistakes in community network development is to focus on technology and ignore the users Communities first build networks and only when usage rates prove pitiably low do they begin thinking about creating applications or partnering with service providers in order to attract users Wouldn t it be more efficient to begin thinking through applications as a core part of the network project One rule of thumb is that successful applications provide

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    and risks to acceptable levels It s like a telescope Look through one end and things look very far away Look through the other end and the faraway and unattainable can spring into clear view Thursday October 23 2008 Staying Competitive in the 21st Century As a former Intelligent Community of the Year Waterloo in Ontario Canada continues to have many opportunities to tell our stories to audiences around the world through the Intelligent Community Forum s global network Just such a speaking engagement found me on a road trip through Middle America recently on my way to the first annual Digital Policy Conference held this year on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie Indiana En route I had one of those defining moments that confirmed yet again the importance of why my community must continue on its path towards embracing the broadband economy as an act of necessity I was passing through the city of Fort Wayne Indiana when I came across the sprawling BF Goodrich plant that thrives there along the interstate a plant that seems robust and full of life It occurred to me that the company must have a template when it builds such monolithic structures because it looked eerily similar to the plant in my home town The difference is the one in my area has sat vacant for many years now as the paint begins to peel off the for sale sign that is rusting on its hinges The manufacturing exodus in Ontario Canada has been brutal to our people and our economy To adapt we have embraced the broadband economy as a ray of hope to keep us competitive in the 21st century The ICF designation as Intelligent Community has given us the credentials to continue to push for support to expand this new economy at home and around the globe Mark Whaley Councillor City of Waterloo Ontario Canada Tuesday October 21 2008 Intelligent Communities the Global Financial Crisis Within a one day period in London this month 784 Ferraris were put on the market for sale As a friend of mine said If the financial chaos continues the only place we will see a Ferrari is at a Formula One car race Perhaps I have never owned an automobile and have always much preferred mass transit I do know that the horrendously flawed housing finance market has threatened the integrity of the international banking system and has led many to believe that events are out of control In fact there are human and historical forces in place which we are rarely able to control including greed and hubris which prevailed among a small sector of the world s financial engineers However there is much we can control In communities we at ICF visit and study there has always been a desire to continue to invest in the future of its young the growth and progress of small businesses and economic security through a process that University of Waterloo Canada president and Intelligent Waterloo Leadership Group member David Johnson calls basic barn raising Batho Pele Helpt Eklander What the effect of the current financial crisis will be on the real economy or what some of us call people is hard to say The real economy is made from human endeavor the labor and innovation of people who work as tellers in banks in applied science labs in technology parks as computer programmers school teachers construction workers and in customer contact centers For them there will be a slowdown and much anxiety However if we have learned anything from the intelligent community movement we know that we are all in this collectively and that is not necessarily a bad thing The key is batho pele which is the slogan of the community of Nelson Mandela Bay in South Africa a Smart21 candidate for 2009 Batho pele means simply People First Former Smart21 community the Eindhoven Region in Holland refers to helpt elkander which is Dutch for help each other Putting people first has always been the way in intelligent communities We need to accept that like the printing press the IT revolution over the past three decades has been driving a radical nearly uncontrolled series of events On the up side innovations in the IT sector found their way into the economy and the global marketplace and billions profited as recipients Living in a broadband economy means that ICT underlines most substantive economic activities The growth in communities that have embraced broadband continues to rise Over the past 15 years one billion people in Asia alone have moved out from abject poverty This represents the largest economic migration in human history In countries as diverse as Canada Estonia and India this correlates with the introduction of technology into everyday life As banks and financial institutions hover near the abyss it is easy to look back now and to say that the warnings were ignored There is also this to consider technology may have gotten so far ahead of government s ability to understand or to develop adequate policies to accommodate the changes that those who were innovating for the good of their people have prospered while those who did not have the common good in mind simply ran amuck It is an old story as old as humankind Fortunately local and regional governments those we study moved swiftly and adapted to horrendous economic conditions that were battering their communities as far back as 20 years ago These are communities who anticipated change and continue to move ahead to build their economies accordingly ICF has always focused on the local aspect of the human experience in communities Our mission is to keep the children home and to create a future for them Of interest to me is how intelligent communities who have adapted in the broadband economy and created jobs as a result will fare in 2009 A Drain of the Talent Inventory Thus far the sectors of the real economy most hard

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