Society

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

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

5 Ways Akron is Redefining Entrepreneurship

Akron, Ohio, like many legacy cities, experienced a rougher-than-average blow with the economic downturn. But with the help of a new generation of entrepreneurs, the city is also rebounding at a stronger rate than some of its neighbors. Here’s a look into what makes...

A Book Review of New York: 2140 A Novel

Up in floating cloud villages is where many of the world’s inhabitants live after coastlines are submerged under 58 feet of water. This is a book about the future written with the benefit of hindsight. We can predict, with a high degree of certainty, that: melting ice from Greenland and Antarctica, the warming oceans, and subsiding coastlines, will all contribute to rising sea levels. There is an inevitability to sea level rise that is palpable today. This is no ordinary work of fiction, but rather a novel set within an accurate scientific forecast. In 2140, Stanley Robinson does what a generation of environmental advocacy has failed to do: make climate change personal.

Economic Development Starts in Kindergarten

Most new jobs are created by small businesses (66% according to the SBA).  How do we get those businesses to launch in our urban neighborhoods? There are many hurdles to overcome in starting a business but the biggest is the leap of faith it requires. A Leap of Faith...

Equity in Smart Cities: The Myth of Neutrality

There is an ideal that we can be neutral citizens in today’s society, but as responsible citizens we must engage in conversation to imagine and demand equitable, sustainable, and beautiful spaces today more than ever before. To do this, we have to recognize and...

Urban Revitalisation in Middle East Cities

Over the past fifty years, development in the rapidly-growing cities of the Arabian Gulf has been based primarily on ‘greenfield’ development. Recently; however, investment is turning towards revitalization of existing urban areas. The drivers for this shift vary,...

In Cleveland, Bridging the Digital Divide and Workforce Training Gets a Boost

I don’t consider myself a techie. I don’t know how to code, I couldn’t tell you the first thing about how my iPhone works and although I grasp the idea of data science, I’m by no means a practitioner. Despite this and the fact that my educational background is in...

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...