Smaller Cities Unite: How Citizen Diplomacy Can Help Communities Innovate | Good
What does Copenhagen have in common with Providence, Rhode Island? Both are small cities known globally for their arts and design communities, academics, and their locations as “gateway cities” in their regions. But each is unique as well: Copenhagen, for example, is a world leader in bike infrastructure and energy independence, and Providence is becoming known for its unique approach to mentoring innovators working in areas ranging from design, to social entrepreneurship, to edtech. These cities—along with other small cities around the world—have important lessons to learn from each other.

Smaller Cities Unite: How Citizen Diplomacy Can Help Communities Innovate | Good

What does Copenhagen have in common with Providence, Rhode Island? Both are small cities known globally for their arts and design communities, academics, and their locations as “gateway cities” in their regions. But each is unique as well: Copenhagen, for example, is a world leader in bike infrastructure and energy independence, and Providence is becoming known for its unique approach to mentoring innovators working in areas ranging from design, to social entrepreneurship, to edtech. These cities—along with other small cities around the world—have important lessons to learn from each other.

Solutions for an aging population

In Bolzano, Italy, almost a quarter of the population is over the age of 65. In fact, Italy, along with Japan, has one of the oldest populations in the world. As a result, Bolzano currently spends close to half of their social services budget on services for the elderly. How can technology help this aging population?

How Social Listening Can Improve Your Daily Commute | A Smarter Planet Blog
If you run over a pothole or perhaps a train is delayed on your morning commute, what do you do? It’s unlikely that you would pick up the phone to call the city to report it or attend a meeting on the topic being held by your local government.  The more likely scenario is that you would take to social media to mention the location of the pothole or express your frustration with the delay.
Today’s citizens can be seen as engaged but in a very different manner.  Twitter, Facebook and other social channels serve as a 24/7 town hall meeting for an increasing number of us digitally connected citizens.  Social listening and analysis can be a valuable tool for cities.

How Social Listening Can Improve Your Daily Commute | A Smarter Planet Blog

If you run over a pothole or perhaps a train is delayed on your morning commute, what do you do? It’s unlikely that you would pick up the phone to call the city to report it or attend a meeting on the topic being held by your local government.  The more likely scenario is that you would take to social media to mention the location of the pothole or express your frustration with the delay.

Today’s citizens can be seen as engaged but in a very different manner.  Twitter, Facebook and other social channels serve as a 24/7 town hall meeting for an increasing number of us digitally connected citizens.  Social listening and analysis can be a valuable tool for cities.

Ideas for a smarter planet

Hello There, Well IBM has always been credited with the history of starting some thing big and new which later on is readily accepted by the society as a part and parcel of the society. Therefore i have couple of ideas to start with:

1. I think IBM should start with the idea of promoting all its employess to come to office using their bicycles for 1 day (may be once every month) so that it creates a sense of healthy living in their minds and in turn saves fuel as well. This should be done only by employees who’s home and office distance fall in the periphery of 5 km. And to credit those employess they should be extended with some benefits so that this activity is given its due deligence and is followed with sincerity.

2. Like the NSR concept there should be another autonomous body be created called SCP (Smarter City People) and the people who get themselves registered in this can have some priviliged rights with them like extra discounts on buying general grocery items and not having to stand in the queues while submissions of electricity bills etc….. Now the main idea to have a forum like this (SCP) is that it will have a common pool of people who have the common interest in making the city pollution free and in turn making the city clean and green, by pooling their vehicles with other registered SCP’s so that when they pool their vehicles with the stranger there is one thing common to both of them and that is they both are SCP,s and this will in turn create a sense of security among the other members. And to keep this as an ongoing activity there should be renewal of membership attached to it so that the members details are captured and updated annually, making them eligible for the other benefits going around their city.

3.Water reservation : There should be a separate waste drainage for the solid waste and there should be a separate waste drain for the kitchen waste so that some of the water can be used for some other purposes for eg cleaning of outer periphery area of the house. Thanks & Regards, Kritika Sethi Associate id: (02962G)

posted by Kritika Sethi (02962G), #gdchallenge, India