menu

5 Thought Leaders Weigh In On The Future Of Cities [Video]

5 Thought Leaders Weigh In On The Future Of Cities [Video]
Advertising

Ericsson polled the experts to discuss how revamping our cities is the starting point to solve our sustainability concerns.

Plus Aziz
  • 3 march 2012

Cities are destined to become even more powerful in the future. Ericsson produced a 20-minute documentary titled Thinking Cities that looks at various trends shaping the future of urbanization. The documentary is part of their Networked Societies brand platform:

As we enter a new era of mobility, an emerging mindset is creating endless opportunities that are limited only by our imaginations. Technology has enabled us to interact, innovate and share knowledge in entirely new ways – creating a dynamic shift in mindset. People are empowered, business is liberated and society is more connected than ever. At Ericsson, we’re just beginning to explore the possibilities of a Networked Society.

The documentary focuses on urbanization trends, big picture predictions about where they’re headed, and closes with some examples. Thinking Cities features thought leaders to help the viewer comprehend both the risks and opportunities that lie behind urbanization:

geoffrey west
Anyone that lives in a city understands the bitter-sweet taste of living in one. Renowned physicist Geoffrey West puts things in perspective by articulating that exponential urbanization is the driving force behind a slew of economic, environmental, and social problems. While this may be true, cities are also “vacuum cleaners or magnets” for human creativity. This enables cities to be masterful at solving problems of all sorts and on varying scales. This is why Mr.West’s work strives to understand cities in a “profound and predictive fashion.”

carlo ratti

Carlo Ratti, Director of MIT’s SENSEable City Lab, asserts that “today for the first time our cities are becoming real-time control systems.” He is part of MIT’s Trash Track Project, where they insert microchips into items of trash to track where they go. Technology is now becoming natural, atomized, and distributed, changing the way we interface in the city.” This means that the architecture and objects we’re interacting with are starting to become communicative.

mathieu lefevre

Information will only become more fluid in the future. Mathieu Lefevre of the New Cities Foundation discusses the pervasive power of ICT (Information and Communication Technology); this basically means that our networks are omnipresent wherever we happen to be in the city, perhaps that even the objects we interact with will be capable of accessing our networks for us.

Mr. Lefevre also talks about “visionary mayors” who want to improve the effectiveness of governance (i.e. changing how things get done, how partnerships are approved). As the barriers between civil society, town hall, entrepreneurs, companies, and government begin to dissolve, he asserts that this can be done by introducing ICT technology to city management.

elaine weidman

 Elaine Weidman points out that with the increased presence of mobile broadband and the continued deepening and diversification of social media in the Internet’s fabric, we are “creating radically new ways of engagement… today you get a much more global conversation. You have the possibility to not only tell the government what you think, but to get others involved in your cause and share your view. This is revolutionizing how policy makers and global leaders are responding on different issues.” City mayors have to listen and deliver on these expectations and find out practical ways to improve work and living conditions locally.

nigel jacobs

The documentary closes by looking at examples from Stockholm and Boston, spotlighting specific initiatives driven by the trends discussed earlier and exemplifying the types of benefits and social change that re-inventing our cities can lead to.

Watch the full documentary below:

Ericsson Networked Societies

Advertising
Trending

Lyft Gives Free Rides To Those Who Have Had Too Much To Drink

Advertising
Work Today

Editorial Roundtable: What A People-First Workplace Must Prioritize First

Managed By Q, Soma, Workbar, Primary, AltSchool and thinkPARALLAX on why employee fulfillment is a journey and not a destination

Culture Today

Brand Engagement At The Gates Of The World’s Largest Open-Air Gallery

Tiger Beer and a neighborhood-minded nonprofit celebrate and promote New York's creative spirit by beautifying 100 security gates

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Automotive Today

Bike-Share Program Helps Students Save Money And Get To Class On Time

Zipcar and Zagster are creating sponsored programs across 500 U.S. college campuses

Technology Today

How Technology Can Save The World By Saving Time

PSFK attends the Social Good Summit 2016 to see how new tech is changing the world for the better

Related Expert

Danah Boyd

Data, Advocacy, Privacy

Advertising Today

Lancôme’s Newest Campaign Stars A Domestic Abuse Survivor

Rosie Batty is the new face of the Love Your Age series, and is using the platform to bring awareness to a prevalent and deadly problem

Travel Today

Marriott’s Gravity Room Installation Gives Travelers A New Perspective

The luxury hotel chain's #MGravityRoom invites visitors to snap and share pictures of its inverted set up

Fitness / Sport Today

Shoe-Worn Device Helps Kids Perfect Their Soccer Kick

A new wearable helps youth players improve their placement skills and technique

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Automotive
Scenarios Driving The Digital Transformation Of An Industry
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed Today

Modern Workplace Culture: No More Fat Cats Or Kissing Ass

Samar Birwadker, CEO & Co-Founder of Good & Co, on designing shared organizational values to optimize employee happiness and success

PSFK Labs september 22, 2016

The Future Of Work: Why Innovation Is Every Employee’s Job

PSFK Labs sits down with management at Johnson & Johnson to learn how the company comes up with their next ‘big idea’

Gaming Today

Architecture Firm Turns Their Digital Portfolio Into An 8-Bit Game

Bjarke Ingels Group is exploring the possibilities of user interactivity in web design

Syndicated Yesterday

Banned Books Week Urges People To Seek Out Controversial Works

Joining the annual celebration of the right to read, US author Jessica Herthel called for 'more information, more voices' to protect diversity

Augmented & Virtual Reality Yesterday

Outdoor Camp Presented In 360° VR By X Games Gold Medalist

The video features campers riding BMX trails, zip lining through the woods, and performing big-air jumps

Travel Yesterday

Boeing Wants Passengers To Control Their In-Flight Experience Through Their Phones

The airline manufacturer is embracing automation through a new generation of mobile travel apps

Augmented / Virtual Reality Yesterday

VR Surgery Videos Offer Interactive Medical Education

Dutch startup MDLinking hopes to globalize communication between students and medical care professionals with virtual reality content

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Culture Yesterday

Use Twitter To Learn A New Language

tDict is an app that uses the social media platform to help you search for words in local dialects

Mobile Yesterday

This Startup Wants To Digitize The Loose Coins In Your Pocket

CoinOut is a new app that lets you save your extra change from cash transactions as electronic funds

No search results found.