Economy

A broad category of content focused on economic-related topics in cities.

Examples: jobs, finance, public-private partnerships, business management, inequality/poverty, budgeting, micro/macroeconomics

Urban Futures Road Map: It Finally Arrives in Your Bookstore

Review of “The Well-Tempered City: What Modern Science, Ancient Civilizations, and Human Nature Teach Us About the Future of Urban Life”, by Jonathan F. P. Rose Roadmaps are sometimes hard to read. But you can be sure that they’re always much harder to create. I kept...

The Infrastructure of Learning in a Net-Centric City

Kansas City is a net-centric, digital city. To be fair, this is a self-appointed label, but nonetheless, Kansas City makes a good case for it. I believe that net-centricity is a status, not a state, and we are constantly striving toward that goal. Cities are usually...

Digital On-Ramps Introduces Digital Badging to Service Programs At Philadelphia Event

Digital On-Ramps, a workforce development program in the Office of University and Community Partnerships at Drexel University, recently shared the LRNG digital badging initiative with a broad group of service organizations as part of a discussion about how digital...

Renewable Retail

When you shop for food, clothes and everything else, you will be glad to discover that some of your retailers power with renewable energy. Big box retailers have taken the lead by being more energy efficient, using daylighting instead of constant lights, and by...

Urban Innovator of the Week: Gabriel Mandujano

This profile was originally published by Urban Innovation Exchange in partnership with Meeting of the Minds and Kresge Foundation. For more stories of people changing cities, visit UIXCities.com and follow @UIXCities. Gabriel Mandujano is the founder and CEO of Wash...

Smart Cities Development: What is the Role of Insurance?

As a first-of-its kind innovation accelerator, UI LABS works on the front-lines with universities, national laboratories, and industry representatives to catalyze digital manufacturing and speed the development of smart cities. We are constantly reminded in our daily...

Learning Happens Everywhere. How Do We Make it All Count?

One of 12 LRNG Cities nationwide, LRNG Pittsburgh is led by The Sprout Fund, Pittsburgh’s leading nonprofit agency supporting innovative ideas, catalyzing community change, and making the region a better place to live, work, play, and raise a family. Sprout stewards...

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...