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A Call For Responsive and Responsible Leadership

Why trust, sensitivity and empathy are the leadership qualities of the future.

Leaders have to be responsive and responsible. They must understand that we are living in a world marked by uncertainty, volatility and deep transformational changes. Many people are living in precarious situations and searching for identity and meaning in a fast-changing world. They want to regain their sense of purpose. It requires courage and commitment […]

How Blockchain Will Transform Our Cities

How will blockchain change the internet? By transforming it from an internet of information to an internet of value.

Many trends on the horizon offer opportunities that could transform our cities. From self-driving vehicles and the sharing economy to cloud computing and blockchain technologies, each of these trends is quite significant on its own. But the convergence of their disruptive forces is what will create real value and drive innovations. Take blockchain and the sharing […]

Evolving Cities for the Digital Economy

To thrive in the transition to a digital economy, cities need to build networks of people that share information.

To thrive in the transition to a digital economy, cities need to develop the right types of knowledge and know-how in their companies and workers. This is not only accomplished through formal education and training but through networks of people sharing information. As new technologies transform our economy, the cities that can best leverage these networks […]

India’s First ‘Smart Village’

Can a public-private collaboration transform India’s struggling communities?

In a way, Mahatma Gandhi conceptualized smart villages. A champion of participatory democracy and grassroots development, he believed that making villages self-contained and sustainable was the first step toward empowering India. Contrary to popular belief, he wasn’t against industrialization, markets and competition as long as they did not lead to the passive or active exploitation […]

Better Bridges, Better Lives

In the near future, bridges won't just be bridges anymore.

There’s no shortage of iconic bridges in the world: Golden Gate, Brooklyn, (London) Tower, Pont du Gard, Chengyang, Millau Viaduct, Rialto. But have you ever heard of a bridge comprising a performance amphitheater, a café, picnic gardens, waterfalls and interactive art installations? It’s no fantasy. The winning design (by OMA + OLIN) for the 11th […]