Society

A broad category of content focused on societal issues in cities.

Examples: health, community, social equity, education, arts & culture, and homelessness.

What’s Next in the Fight Against Poverty? How About Common Sense

Former General Motors CEO John F. Smith once said, “We listened to what our customers wanted and acted on what they said. Good things happen when you pay attention.” Like Smith, leaders in the private sector recognize the value of asking what consumers want – or don’t...

Universal Basic Income: Does the Carrot Work Better than the Stick?

Automation and robots will destroy jobs but create work. How will we secure employment in the future? Since 1970s, social policies on both sides of the Atlantic have been dominated by workfare policies where the payment of benefits is made conditional on participation...

Eight Ten Moneyball Metrics for Competitive Cities

In a world where people can increasingly choose to live anywhere, cities have to compete in ways that they never anticipated. However, there are some not-so-obvious “Moneyball” metrics that will help to promote city attractiveness, sustainability, resilience, and success.

How Philadelphia Benefits From Early Intervention With At-Risk Kids

Programs address behavioral challenges now to help avert mental health problems later Nelson Mandela, one of the great moral voices of the 20th century, said this: “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.”...

Connecting the Dots Towards Well-Being

Every year, the U.S. Census Bureau fields more than 130 surveys, collecting literally hundreds of millions of data points that tell us how people in our country of nearly 320 million are faring. This is not counting other public, non-governmental and private data...

Urban Innovator of the Week: Doria Robinson

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. Doria Robinson is a third-generation resident of...

Connecting Staten Island’s Waterfront to Its Community in a Time of Rapid Change

Staten Island’s North Shore is changing at an incredible pace; yet how do we ensure that the creative and cultural sectors have a role in and are connected to this transformation? A 630-foot tall observation wheel will mark the Staten Island waterfront and tower above...

The UN’s New Urban Agenda Is Official…Now What?

The statistics are impressive. 30,000 people participated in Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador this year, the bi-decennial conference otherwise known as the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development. Over 500 networking events, panels and...

Urban Innovator of the Week: Terence Patterson

Terence Patterson, President and CEO of the Downtown Memphis Commission, used to be Jerry Maguire. Originally from Memphis, he earned his undergraduate degree at Harvard, and then worked for three years for the Walt Disney Company doing corporate finance. After three...

Urban Innovator of the Week: Brandan “Bmike” Odums

Brandan “Bmike” Odums is from New Orleans but has lived all over the world as a “military brat.” This experience gave him a different perspective from his peers, seeing the world of New Orleans through a much wider lens. He pursued an education...

Autonomous Vehicles: Where Are We Now, and Where Are We Headed?

Editor’s Note: The following article is a synopsis of Workshop #4 from Meeting of the Minds 2016. The author, however, has done a thorough job of researching the most current status of the technology, deployment, and regulations surrounding autonomous vehicles....

Urban Innovator of the Week: Judy Reese Morse

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. Judy Reese Morse is the Deputy Mayor for Citywide...