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January 2015 Survey Results
Here at Meeting of the Minds, we are always working to keep our finger on the pulse of the ever-changing and converging urban sustainability, innovation and technology space. In early January, we asked our global network of leaders to complete a short survey related to the biggest trends in 2014 and 2015 and which companies, organizations, cities, and individuals are underrepresented in both conferences and media. Below you will find the (anonymous) results.
We’re curious who the unsung heroes and emerging leaders are in this field. Those that are not getting the exposure and airtime they deserve. How are the traditional leaders being challenged by new players? Some of the answers were to be expected but some were altogether surprising and informative. It was a real testament to the diversity of knowledge, networks and the interdisciplinary nature of what we are all doing in our cities. Here at Meeting of the Minds, we’ve been looking into the organizations and leaders that you suggested. Perhaps they have a story to tell on CityMinded.org. If you or anyone you know is listed here, please get in touch with us and we’d be delighted to connect with them.Download Survey Results (PDF)
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In recent years, a variety of forces (economic, environmental, and social) have quickly given rise to “shared mobility,” a collective of entrepreneurs and consumers leveraging technology to share transportation resources, save money, and generate capital. Bikesharing services, such as BCycle, and business-to-consumer carsharing services, such as Zipcar, have become part of a sociodemographic trend that has pushed shared mobility from the fringe to the mainstream. The role of shared mobility in the broader landscape of urban mobility has become a frequent topic of discussion. Shared transportation modes—such as bikesharing, carsharing, ridesharing, ridesourcing/transportation network companies (TNCs), and microtransit—are changing how people travel and are having a transformative effect on smart cities.
A study by the US National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) in 2008 found that the impact of routine weather events on the US economy equates annually to about 3.4% of the country’s GDP (about $485 billion). This excludes the impact of extreme weather events that cause damage and disruption – after all, even “ordinary” weather affects supply of and demand for many items, and the propensity of businesses and consumers to buy them. NCAR found that mining and agriculture are particularly sensitive to weather influences, with utilities and retail not far behind.
Many of these, disaster management included, are the focus of smart city innovations. Not surprisingly, therefore, as they seek to improve and optimize these systems, smart cities are beginning to understand the connection between weather and many of their goals. A number of vendors (for example, IBM, Schneider Electric, and others) now offer weather data-driven services focused specifically on smart city interests.