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List of Emerging Technologies
Intnl Handbook of Innovation
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SOLARIX - Sustainer
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School of Life - Ideas to live by
Monocle - Global Briefing
Handbook of Creativity
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Global Dialogue Centre
Creative Education Foundation
Creativity & Innovation Library
Presencing - Co-Evolving
Crisis of the Mind
Edge - The Third Culture
Grow Change Learn Create
Accelerating Intelligence - Kurzweil
Hubble - Collection
Sloan Digital Sky Survey
Planning for Non-Planners
Intnl Street Profiles
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UrbanI Ideas Bakery
Urban Design Compendium
Preserving & Enhancing Comm
Web Urban Design
Manual For Streets
Paris to Pittsburg - Guidelines
Walls of Dreams
MAC Science Olympics
Patterns of Connectivity
Urban Knowledge Network
Federation of Urban Neighbourhoods
Building Design & Housing
WorldUrban Areas: Pop & Density
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I&DeA - Improving Local Gov
Environment and Behavior
Next American City
New Urban News
iPetitions - Your Voice Counts
Debategraph - Global Debate Map
Open Street Map
Vyew - Always On Collaboration
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Quirky - Product Design & Production
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JOEY COLEMAN - Blog
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CITY OF HAMILTON
MINISTRY OF MUNICIPAL AFFAIRS
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MUNICIPAL COUNCILLOR'S GUIDE
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Insider's Guide to Innovation
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SOUL OF THE CITY
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PLANET BETTER PLACE
"Better Place is the product of inventive thinking. ~ When Shai Agassi realized that electric transportation could be provided on a mobile model, he was engaging in that kind of inventiveness, the creative thinking that has pushed our society forward. It’s the kind of thinking the world needs more of during this time of transition."
"The Finnish Environmental Cluster Research Programme is a collaborative programme between researchers, the business sector, public authorities and funding organisations. This programme aims at raising the level of environmental know-how, improving the state of the environment, and integrating environmental issues more closely into the Finnish system of innovation. ~ The aim is to render the theme ecoefficiency deeper, broader and more varied, so that, in addition to the ecological and economic dimensions of sustainable development, it also encompasses the social dimension."
LEARNING REGIONS AND REGIONAL INNOVATION SYSTEMS
"Since the Industrial Revolution the cyclical processes of rise and fall of regional economies have been accelerating. Many of the specific problems of the falling part of clustering, that is old industrial areas, are related to path dependency and lock-ins.
Particularly political lock-ins hinder the necessary restructuring processes in old industrial areas. They can be considered as thick institutional tissues aiming at preserving existing industrial structures and therefore unnecessarily slowing down industrial restructuring and indirectly hampering the development of indigenous potential and creativity.
Of the recently born offspring of the family of territorial innovation models, the learning region concept seems to be most focused on overcoming and avoiding political lock-ins in old industrial areas."
GAWC RESEARCH NETWORK Globalization and World Cities Research Network
"Centred in the Geography Department at Loughborough University, the GAWC Research Network focuses upon the external relations of world cities. Although the world/global city literature is premised upon the existence of world-wide transactions, most of the research effort has gone into studying the internal structures of individual cities and comparative analyses of the same.
Relations between cities have been neglected by world cities researchers; the Globalization and World Cities (GaWC) Research Network has been formed to aid in rectifying this situation. The world according to GaWC is a city-centred world of flows in contrast to the more familiar state-centred world of boundaries.
Cities are assessed in terms of their advanced producer services using the interlocking network model. Indirect measures of flows are derived to compute a city's network connectivity – this measures a city's integration into the world city network. The connectivity measures are used to classify cities into levels of world city network integration."
THE PASCAL OBSERVATORY
Place Management, Social Capital and Learning Regions"The PASCAL Observatory provides an international strategic information tracking and sharing service on Place Management, Social Capital and Learning Regions in support of sustainable development based in experience and evidence of what works.
It is an international research and policy development alliance which aims to develop, communicate and explain new and emerging ideas in these areas. PASCAL is an alliance of RMIT University, University of Glasgow, State Government of Victoria, the Scottish Executive Scottish Communities and Kent County Council. It is founded on the presumption that there is considerable work to be done to enable regional governments and associated policy-makers to benefit fully from emerging research and learning about how best to foster balanced and sustainable economic and social development in their regions.
The issue of the engagement of universities with civil society, and inevitably within this with their local communities, is a generic concern internationally. All over the world we observe a huge emphasis being placed on the encouragement of a new set of relationships between universities and their communities.
...So when universities, and their stakeholders, push for expanding regional economic plans, David R. Charles in this new Pascal Hot Topic, urges careful thinking about the benefits and difficulties of including disadvantaged communities. Part of the key is creating a dialogue, and going beyond what he describes as an - expert-supplicant relationship."
MAKE THE WHOLE WORLD A LIBRARY
Share the joy of literacy ! Books traveling the world - Package on a bench on a SkyTrain platform led reporter to BookCrossing. "If you love something, set it free - or release it into the wild and follow it around the world.
That's what more than 600,000 people have been doing with BookCrossing, an international network of bibliophiles who leave books in public, to be found, read, reviewed online and then left for another reader. The site was created on the premise that the two things that change people's lives are the people they meet and the books that we read - says BookCrossing co-founder Heather Mehra-Pedersen, we just kind of bridged that. And that bridge has been attracting the world's most whimsical book lovers. It's the serendipity of finding something that someone has left.
At press time, there was a copy of Franz Kafka's The Metamorphosis in Lima, Peru; Italo Calvino's Invisible Cities in Milan, Italy; and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment in Brooklyn, New York."
~ Jennifer Moreau
MAKE IT RIGHT FOUNDATION
"Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. The slow reaction to the initial emergency and to the ongoing crisis exposed troubling realities about the response capabilities of the American government when the citizens of our most culturally diverse city were in desperate need of help.
When Brad Pitt visited the Lower 9th Ward for the first time after the storm, he was shocked by what he saw: the remnants of people's lives strewn across the streets and an entire neighborhood torn apart and turned upside down. Pitt was even more disturbed by the lack of a clear plan to address the situation. Many were quietly saying there was no chance the Lower 9th Ward would ever be re-built.
Inspired by the courage and hope of the residents he met, Pitt resolved to do whatever he could to help them rebuild. Just as importantly, he wanted to help recreate and nurture the unique culture and spirit of the Lower 9th Ward, which symbolizes the soul of New Orleans.
He understood instinctively that a New Orleans rebuilt without the Lower 9th Ward would never be whole. He began by working with Global Green to sponsor an architecture competition aimed at generating ideas about how to rebuild sustainably. Pitt worked with local community leaders as well as experts from around the world to develop viable ideas for the Lower 9th Ward. That successful project inspired Pitt's new focus: Make It Right."
INTERNATIONAL CENTRE FOR THE PREVENTION OF CRIME - ICPC
"The ICPC is an international forum for national governments, local authorities, public agencies, specialised institutions, and non-government organisations to exchange experience, consider emerging knowledge, and improve policies and programmes in crime prevention and community safety.
The ICPC staff monitor developments, provide direct assistance to members, and contribute to public knowledge and understanding in the field. ICPC's action are inspired by the United Nations Guidelines for the Prevention of Crime.
It seeks to: Enhance awareness of, and access to, its international knowledge base on prevention and human safety policies and intervention. Promote the implementation of best practices and tools enhancing community safety. Facilitate rewarding international exchanges between countries and cities, the justice system and civil society associations. And provide technical assistance and facilitate expert interaction."
SAHANA - FREE & OPEN SOURCE (FOSS) DISASTER MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
"Sahana is a web based disaster / crisis / emergency management tool that addresses the common coordination problems from finding missing people, managing aid, volunteers, tracking camps and needs effectively between Government groups, NGOs and victims.
Sahana is an integrated set of pluggable, web based disaster management applications that provide solutions to large-scale humanitarian problems in the aftermath of a disaster. It helps alleviate human suffering and helps save lives through the efficient use of IT during a disaster. The main applications built into Sahana and problems they address so far are: Missing Person Registry; Organization Registry; Request Management System; Camp Registry; Volunteer Management; Inventory Management; GIS Situation Awareness.
Sahana also spawned a concept and community founded by a humanitarian consultant, Paul Currion, and the Sahana project lead, Chamindra de Silva, based on the more generic ideals of Humanitarian-FOSS where the ideals of FOSS are applied for building humanitarian-ICT applications or applications built to help alleviate human suffering."
CANADA'S TECHNOLOGY TRIANGLE
The Waterloo Region – Life Lived Well!
"Despite how complex the choices we make in life can be, a common set of desires bring us together around the highest hopes and aspirations we have for our lives, and the lives of our children. We want a good job that stretches our imagination, fully capitalizes on our abilities, and provides for comfortable living. Cost of living needs to be manageable. We want to feel safe. We want quality schooling and health care. We want to participate in the vibrancy of life – and see it all around us in culture, art, and recreational opportunity. We want to love the place we live in – to be prosperous and happy. The Waterloo Region is a place of opportunity – a place to seize destiny rather than accept fate. It has one of the most diverse economies in North America - growing two times faster than the rest of Canada, and home to some of the most dynamic companies in Canada. Housing costs are 10% lower than the Ontario average. Post-secondary institutions lead the world. A diverse culture nurtures and rewards talent, innovation, and creativity. There's a vibrant work-life balance. There's accessibility to everything southern Ontario has to offer – from lakes to symphony to pro sports."
CANADIAN POLICY RESEARCH NETWORKS - CPRN
"Canadian Policy Research Networks (CPRN) advises on the issues of our times and the policy options to move Canada forward. Through more than 700 publications, CPRN's work touches on many of the major socioeconomic challenges facing Canadian society. CPRN analyzes important public policy issues in health care, supports to families, learning opportunities, job quality, innovation, sustainable cities and communities.
Federal, provincial and local governments rely on CPRN's research for ideas on how to solve pressing policy problems, or as the basis for discussions on longerterm issues. What makes CPRN different than other socioeconomic think tanks is a commitment to engaging people from all walks of life and all parts of the country in the public policy process. This requires ongoing conversations with Canadians about the issues that matter most to them. It makes CPRN's recommendations particularly relevant and applicable to the needs of average Canadians. CPRN is recognized as Canada's most influential social policy think tank."
The NEW GLOBAL FRONTIER
Urbanization, Poverty and Environment in the 21st. Century.
"The world’s developing countries will be experiencing massive increases in their urban populations over the 21st century. If managed intelligently and humanely, this growth can pave the way to sustainable development; otherwise, it will favour higher levels of poverty and environmental stress. The outcome depends on decisions being made now."
CANADA'S SUSTAINABLE CITIES - 2009
"Corporate Knights Magazine has issued its 2009 Sustainable Cities Report, the third annual report detailing which Canadian cities have the smallest environmental footprint. For the past three years, Corporate Knights -- a magazine based out of Toronto -- has rated Canadian cities on their sustainability, which it defines as communities with ''a viable economy fueled by a healthy population and leaves the smallest environmental footprint possible.
The rankings are based on an average score from five categories: social well-being, governance and empowerment, infrastructure and the built environment, economic security and ecological integrity. Sustainable cities are created by good government policies and programs, and by the actions taken by those who work and live in those cities,'' said Peter Johnson, director with the sustainable business solutions practice of PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.
The indicators selected are intended to provide a snapshot into how cities are evolving."
"StartupIndex.ca is an open, community-managed and free startup tracking database for the Canadian startup community. StartupIndex was created in Django by Chris Long with contributions from Ali Asaria, Jevon MacDonald, and Jonas Brandon.
Most of us have a pretty good idea of what is going on in our own city. We get to hear about new startups, rumors of the latest deals are always flying around and we have some idea of who the best entrepreneurs are, but the truth is you don't have to travel very far before things become less obvious. From Vancouver to Victoria, Toronto to Waterloo, Ottawa to Montreal, Halifax to Moncton, we can make a very short trip but still not know who's who and what's new.
By tracking startup activity nationally we can start to build more awareness of which startups are worth watching, we can also quickly find out which Investors are doing deals and which ones are less active. The "Wheat from the Chaff" as they say. A lot of startup activity and almost all of the funding activity in Canada is actively tracked. These databases are closed off from the public and charge access fees nearing $10,000 (that is seed funding for some companies!). They also offer no value back to the very community that needs this data the most. Startups and Investors, who are the basis of the data being captured, either have to pay the subscription fee or live without the data.
We believe that this data should be free and that it is a liability if startups and Investors do not have a clear and concise place to access this information. We are betting that our open, accessible and equal approach will bring more value to more people, and that is something we think is worth doing. Make StartupIndex.ca more valuable by submitting local startups, updates, and corrections. "
A CAPTIVATING FORCE AT RISD HELM
Digital guru shakes up campus
"Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) rejected the obvious pool of candidates - vice presidents, deans, historians - in favor of an electronic media guru and advocate for humanizing technology in the service of creativity.
"John absolutely captivated us," says Merrill Sherman, president and CEO of Bancorp Rhode Island and chairman of RISD's board of trustees, who headed the presidential-search committee. "John said that he believes art and design will inform the 21st century as none other, that RISD has a real role to play in that. The analogy he used was MIT. Before World War II, MIT was a geeky science school. After World War II, with the explosion of science and technology, MIT's role changed. And right now he sees RISD in a similar position." In the broadest sense, John Maeda would like to erase what he sees as the culturally-sanctioned line between creative and commercial achievement. ...That's a complex shift in perspective, even at RISD, and perhaps especially for the school's fine artists.
In 1999, Esquire magazine named Maeda one of the 21 most important people for the 21st century. ...He describes himself as "post-digital" - in other words, a world-class technologist who has returned to the world of ideas. That combination is Maeda's great strength, says Katherine Sloan, president of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. "In educating students, we're trying to create people who can create visual meaning," ....John embodies this convergence. I think he can propel RISD and, frankly, other colleges and programs, to think about how to deal with this very interesting moment in our history.
On September 12, 2008, John Maeda was inaugurated as RISD's 16th president. As the world’s preeminent college of art and design, RISD educates extraordinary individuals to become engaged citizens of the world. The studio-based education RISD has offered since 1877 prepares graduates to excel in the fields of art, architecture, design and art education."
TNT - THE NETWORK THINKERS
"Exploding" old concepts and thinking about economies, organizations, communities, and groups."TNT studies patterns of connectivity and self-organizing behavior in economic and social networks and how these new structures lead to resilience, adaptability, agility, and innovation."
"Creating robust & vibrant economic and community networks - using network mapping, weaving and leadership development.
...A multi-hub network may be difficult to achieve if political and ‘turf’ issues are raging through the network.
If two or more community development organizations start battling over turf and control of the community then the result may be two or more competing, single hub networks that ignore the larger community needs and just focus on survival of their own network."
DILEMMAS IN A GENERAL THEORY OF PLANNING
Horst W. J. Rittel and Melvin M. Webber
"The search for scientific bases for confronting problems of social policy is bound to fail, because of the nature of these problems. They are wicked problems, whereas science has developed to deal with tame problems.
Policy problems cannot be definitively described. Moreover, in a pluralistic society there is nothing like the undisputable public good; there is no objective definition of equity; policies that respond to social problems cannot be meaningfully correct or false; and it makes no sense to talk about "optimal solutions" to social problems unless severe qualifications are imposed first. Even worse, there are no "solutions" in the sense of definitive and objective answers."
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THE SCHOOL OF LIFE ALTERNATIVE JOB CENTRE
"To coincide with Alain de Botton’s new book, The Pleasures and Sorrows of Work, The School of Life is reinventing itself as an alternative job centre throughout April.
Rather than invite employers to advertise jobs for us to squeeze our ourselves into, we're inviting you to write your an ad for the job of your dreams, and let employers decide if they can offer it to you.
The course, which draws on ideas from Aristotle to Alain de Botton, explores the expectations we have around our jobs from both a personal and a historical context. It provides a unique opportunity to learn how each one of us can make our own working lives more fulfilling, creative and adventurous."
NextD - Next Design Leadership Institute
"NextDesign Leadership Institute and the next design leadership movement were launched in 2002 by GK VanPatter and Elizabeth Pastor as an experiment in innovation acceleration. The founders of NextD wondered if it might be possible for a small team of practicing designers to help speed the rate of adaptation, by graduate design education, to the radical events unfolding at the leading edge of the marketplace, that are impacting creative leadership, design leadership, innovation leadership today.
They optimistically guessed that it might be possible and if it wasn’t, finding out seemed like interesting research!
To undertake that experiment, they created the NextD initiative and the NextDesign Leadership Institute. At the core of NextD is the belief that the traditional model of design leadership needs to be radically reinvented to better adapt to a radically changed marketplace. The ultimate goal of NextD is to help expand designs’ reach."
"In April of 2007 fifty members of the global design community responded to Bruce Nussbaum’s “Are Designers the Enemy of Design?” campaign that he launched by making a provocative speech to students at a design school and then stipulating that the design community should respond by “dialoging” with him in the context of his Business Week blog.
The “Enemies” campaign marked the end of an era, and a turning point in the design communities rising awareness of competing forces shaping next design, its growth and the complexities involved in it’s transformation beyond Design 2.0.
Beautiful Diversion presented a multitude of perspectives from a diversity of design community members in fourteen countries. Interest in Beautiful Diversion continues. More than fifteen thousand people have downloaded the Special Issue since it was first published."
THE OPEN PUBLISHING LAB
"The Open Publishing Lab at the Rochester Institute of Technology is a cross disciplinary center researching new methods of content creation and developing innovative, open source applications for publishing across various media.
A Publishing Sea Change
The printing and publishing industries are in a profound state of flux. In the past, research and development in publishing focused on workflow improvement. Since Gutenburg we have worked to produce “Bibles” faster and at a lower cost. Now disruptive publishing technologies are turning this model on its ear.
Across the world, more people are authoring content than ever before thanks to web 2.0 applications and integrated media devices. Meanwhile, the capabilities of digital presses are enabling new products and business models. Companies are discovering that their survival depends on refocusing on product innovation rather than technology upgrades and they are attempting to make this radical transition during difficult economic times.
Leveraging the wide range of programs at RIT, the OPL is able to bring a unique, cross-disciplinary approach to solving real world problems. As solutions are developed, they are released, free of charge, to the greater community though our website and via our partners.
Our goal is to become the “incoming tide” that allows all boats to rise. In doing so, we seek to meet a commitment to both industry and community service; empowering business and citizens alike to publish in new ways."
RIT CoLAB - Collaborative Innovation Project Database
"The Open Project Database Organization develops and hosts the web-based application called OPDB - which enables people and communities to easily build online portfolios of their projects.
Open Project Database is a free project-blogging engine built on top of an interconnected database of people, organizations, projects, resources and vendors. It allows anyone doing creative projects to quickly build online project portfolios connected to multiple team members, project resources, organizational affiliations and vendors used."
INNOVATION REPORT - MARCH 2009
Which Countries are the most Innovative?
Boston Consulting Group Report: International Innovation Index (pg 9) International Ranking (pg 25)
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