Future of Cities | Full Report

Sunday 9th July 2017

We are very pleased to share the full report from our Future of Cities project – now available on a dedicated website.

Future of Cities | Full Report

As previously shared in PPT format, the detailed synthesis of insights gained from multiple discussions around the world is now available on a dedicated website. This report brings together views on how cities are changing from a wide range of experts from 12 workshops undertaken over the past 2 years in Beirut, Christchurch, Delhi, Dubai, Guayaquil, Mumbai, Singapore, London, Toronto and Vienna.

Cities are where most of us choose to live, work and interact with others. As a result they are where innovation happens, where most ideas form and from which economic growth largely stems. They are also where significant problems can first emerge and where challenges are magnified.

This report explores some of the common challenges found in urban areas such as managing migration, countering inequality and sustainable scaling; highlights shared ambitions of having healthier, accessible and more intelligent cities; and also details some of the emerging concerns around creating cities that are safe, resilient and open to broader collaboration.

As a compilation of thoughts and ideas from a host of experts we would foremost like to thank all of the many workshop participants for their input. Without your views we would not be able to curate this synthesis. In addition we would also like to thank others who have added in extra content, shared reports and reviewed the core document. We hope that this reflects all your varied perspectives.

Going forward, we also hope that this will be of use to those leading cities, designing new districts, developing policy and exploring opportunities for urban innovation. We know that several cities are already using the insights as stimulus for challenging strategy and stimulating innovation. In addition, linking into to another project looking at the Worlds Most Innovative Cities, this is also being used as part of events designed to help future leaders identify how and where they can make most impact.

As with all Future Agenda open foresight projects the output is shared under Creative Commons (Non Commercial) and so we trust that you may find it useful. The PDF on slideshare can be freely downloaded and shared. If you want to print out the report, the easiest way is to order a digital hardcopy via Amazon (for which they unfortunately charge a fee) but this is a quick and high quality print. These are links for Amazon access in the UK, India and US and also globally via CreateSpace.

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