Articles by Sue Lebeck

About Sue Lebeck

Sue Lebeck is the Chair Emeritus of the City Protocol Task Force (CPTF), an open collaborative R&D community hosted by the City Protocol Society (CPS) to help create the Internet of Cities. Sue is also technology advisor to the Cool City Challenge,  creator of InnovatingSMART, and contributor to GreenBiz.

Changing the Game Around Climate Action, One Block at a Time

Three world-class cities in California: Los Angeles, San Francisco and Palo Alto, from January 2016 to June 2017 piloted this program on 45 blocks. Each city experienced The Cool Block program successfully addressing two massive unmet societal needs: a scalable solution to address climate change, and overcoming the social isolation people feel living in our urban-centric world. Doing the right thing for our children’s future on the planet in collaboration with neighbors proved to be a winning formula.

Dreams Come True on the Cool Block

Ten years ago, a Big Idea constellated in the mind of pro-social behavior change researcher and innovator David Gershon, CEO of the Empowerment Institute. The idea was to operationalize the modest goal of keeping the planet viable into the long-term future and improving the quality of life for humanity at the same time.

Stepping Up: Rich Tool Kits for Tomorrow’s Civic Innovators

As enthusiastic hackathon teams gathered in Richmond, California for the second annual Meeting of the Minds (MotM) Civic Hackathon in mid-October (find the story here), the energy and creativity levels were high. “I’m very impressed at the creative applications that...

3 Mantras To Guide You to 2050

This post is written in response to the Meeting of the Minds October 6th group blogging event, “Dear 2015”, which asks, “The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city is like, and give them advice on the next 35 years.” October 2050...

First City Protocol Agreement – Let Us Know What You Think!

The City Protocol is an open and global collaborative R&D group which is helping to create a smart and sustainable Internet of Cities. By Internet of Cities, we mean: An Internet of Things (IoT) as it applies to cities A network of city subsystems working together...

City Protocol’s “Anatomy” Sets Foundation for Interoperable City Platform

Cities hold the opportunity – and arguably the responsibility – to host and shape the vibrant and sustainable societies of tomorrow.   I first “got” this in a deep way in 2012 while reading the report “CityStates: How Cities are vital to the future of sustainability.”...