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Cities: From good to great: Moving beyond ‘Smart’

We are all at a unique time in our history, Rapid urbanisation, ever smarter economies , the need for sustainable growth and the rise of people power are all driving forces that have converged to make this century, a century for cities.

The ‘Smarter Cities’ wave has brought sharply into focus the need for cities to deploy technology in new ways to improve cities. Yet, cities have been smart for centuries, so what is really happening ?

Cities are the power behind national and global economies, they consume most of our natural resources, they are the place where more than half of us work, live and play. They face the most complex social and development challenges.

Some people say Cities are at the heart, brain and soul of human innovation, transformation and sustainability.

So we need to look holistically at the city or urban challenge, we need to move beyond smart and look at the DNA of a best run or globally competitive city, this infographic captures one perspective on what is takes to be a better run city!


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