TEDx (Video) Creating Smarter Cities with the Urban Poor

At TEDx Adams Morgan, I talked about creating smarter cities by filling the information and power gaps that have prevented slum residents and the urban poor from becoming co-creators of solutions, scaling-up interventions, and having a real voice in the retooling of their cities. Video: TEDx Brian English – Creating Smarter Cities with the Urban Poor

Creating Smarter Cities with the Urban Poor

In 2005, former President Bill Clinton, through the Clinton Foundation, challenged Cisco to use its expertise to make cities more sustainable.  As a result, Cisco dedicated $25 million over five years to the topic and piloted solutions in San Francisco, Amsterdam, and Seoul. Using “networks, sensors and analytics to make cities more efficient, productive and…

The First Mile Starts In The Community, Not The Last Mile

When the international development community speaks about citizen “participation”, “involvement” or even “empowerment” they usually express this as the “last mile” in development programs. At its best, this represents a fear of getting involved in what is perceived as the sticky work of “stakeholder dialogue” which muddles up clearly defined results frameworks. At its worst,…