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Cities can eclipse nations as future centers of progress

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What does Chicago have in common with Sydney? Or Mexico City with Johannesburg? Or Paris with Shanghai? They are all big cities, and as a result, they face similar challenges: congestion, trash management, housing, and homelessness, among many others. Many cities around the world have started to band together and share best practices and solutions to common challenges. The development of action and innovation-oriented networks for cities may be one of the most important developments of the 21st century.

Welcome to the age of the connected city. To help city leaders navigate the opportunities present in this data-driven world, Dr. Parag Khanna, one of the world’s foremost thought leaders on the development of future cities, has created an exclusive research paper—Connected Cities, Productive Cities.

Dr. Khanna’s work has been called a “must-read” for global leaders. At its core is the belief that the future centers of progress and inclusion will be not the great nations of the world, but the great cities. And those cities will derive strength from innovations in data usage for transportation, planning, inclusive growth and economic opportunity. The rise of data-cities heralds substantial economic growth opportunities, a better quality of life for citizens and more sustainable and resilient communities.

Dr. Khanna highlights three critical information areas that can help cities grow:

  • A review of the most important connected cities initiatives
  • The critical importance of data, payments systems and infrastructure improvements
  • Three urgent focus areas for urban center leaders during decision making
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