Economy

Urban Innovator of the Week: Eric Avner

Eric Avner has managed the community development programs for the Cincinnati-based Haile Foundation since 2008. During that time, he says, the Haile Foundation did “the normal foundation things” – funding philanthropic programs, as foundations do. But then...

The Case for Basic Income

These days, advances in technology are allowing us to do new and amazing things. But these advances can come with a cost: as technology is used for more and more purposes, it can disrupt the traditional labor model and put people out of work by automating their jobs....

Empowering the Chicago City Council for the Digital Age

I am sure you’re familiar with some of the huge challenges facing the great city of Chicago: public safety, education and a looming debt crisis threatening to spread across critical public services. Chicago needs leaders able to confront these problems head on and...

Shaping Tomorrow’s Cities Through Technology

As a native New Yorker, you learn to trust your gut. I’ve spent the last 10 years in New York City working with founders, investors, corporates, policymakers, and academics to build a cluster of companies making cities better: more efficient, resilient and...

How Local Currencies Are Driving Stronger Local Economies

Money. Our main cultural store of and standard for value, and unit of exchange. We know that our economy runs on it, that we depend on it, and that some federal agency governs it. In the midst of the movement to build sustainable systems for our cities, money is often...

Financing Urban Innovation and the Rise of Social Impact Bonds

As local governments struggle to meet their budgets, they have been forced to cut social programs often because of reduced federal support. This bears several questions: Where will cities get the money to get smarter? How can a smart city also be good for its people?...
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