This is the fifth in a series entitled The Future of Mobility, a joint project of CommonWealth and Meeting of the Minds. It goes without saying that mobility – the movement of people and goods – is an incredibly hot space. Start-ups are cropping up across the entire value chain as significant capital is deployed by incumbent strategic investors, mobility-specific funds like ...(Read Full Article)
In the time it takes you to read this post, five people will die. Not from heart attacks or handgun violence, but in vehicle crashes around the world. Some will be pedestrians crossing the street on their way to school or work. Many others will be caused by people speeding, driving drunk or distractedly. The corollary horror of this sad ...(Read Full Article)
Distracted driving killed more than 3,000 people in the U.S. in 2013. Every year, more than one million people die from auto-related incidents around the world. We’ve all heard the statistics, and they are frightening. In an era where vehicles are rapidly becoming autonomous, where your smartphone has more computing power than the devices behind the Apollo launch, it’s appalling ...(Read Full Article)
Tesla just shook up the entire auto industry to the tune of 400,000+ Model 3 reservations. With every major automotive manufacturer gearing up a rival electric vehicle, EVs are about to hit the mainstream. While this is great news for Tesla EVs are currently heading for major trouble. Too Many EVs, Not Enough Stations EVs have grown a lot in ...(Read Full Article)
Communities must rethink their business model to successfully respond to major stressors: (1) rapid population growth and urbanization; (2) declining municipal resources; and (3) growing risk and uncertainty caused by climate change. Growing Populations Flock to Cities More people live in cities – whether in the urban core or surrounding suburbs – than in rural areas. In 2007, for the ...(Read Full Article)
This blog post is a response to the Dear 2015 group blogging event prompt: The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city is like, and give them advice on the next 35 years. For more responses, see the Dear 2015 Event Page. October 6, 2050 To the People of Boston of 2015: ...(Read Full Article)
This blog post is a response to the Dear 2015 group blogging event prompt: The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city is like, and give them advice on the next 35 years. For more responses, see the Dear 2015 Event Page. Dear 2015, I’ve been given the unique opportunity to write ...(Read Full Article)
This post is written in response to the Meeting of the Minds October 6th group blogging event, “Dear 2015”, which asks, “The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city is like, and give them advice on the next 35 years.” October 2050 To the City Leaders, Creative Citizens and Urban Innovators of ...(Read Full Article)
This blog post is a response to the Dear 2015 group blogging event prompt: The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city is like, and give them advice on the next 35 years. For more responses, see the Dear 2015 Event Page. I write this letter still being astonished by how much ...(Read Full Article)
BOSTON, United States — What would happen if you took a million dollars from your city’s budget and gave it to young people to decide where to spend it? Editors note: This article first appeared in Citiscope.org and is reprinted with permission. Citiscope.org as an independent, nonprofit media startup, focused on finding innovations in cities around the world and spreading the ...(Read Full Article)
Over the next 40 years, we will progress to a better and different approach to generating, transmitting, and using energy. In some ways, the transition resembles the transformation of information technology during the last 40 years. Through the mid-seventies, over 90 percent of computing was done on centralized mainframe computers accessed by dumb terminals. Then minicomputers brought a variety of ...(Read Full Article)
Global solar capacity is forecasted to triple from the 178 GW capacity at the end of 2014 to over 500 GW by 2020, equivalent of one thousand typical coal or nuclear power plants. Solar energy will be 540 GW by 2020 in the high estimate, and 396 in the low, according to the European Photovoltaic Industry Association (EPIA).(Read Full Article)
Civic Innovation Spotlight Meeting of the Minds is working with the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Civic Innovation (MOCI) to bring you the Civic Innovation Spotlight, a monthly feature that shares the stories of cutting-edge and innovative civic projects in San Francisco. This series shares the untold stories of government innovation and inspiration related to accessibility, education, health, energy, and public services in San Francisco.(Read Full Article)
This year, many highly successful transportation organisations will continue to invest heavily in addressing “the 1% problem”. They will do this by throwing massive amounts of money at providing alternative transportation options for short utility trips. The flag bearers of this movement, ride-hailing apps and autonomous vehicle solutions, are indeed helping to change the ad hoc or 1-5 mile trip ...(Read Full Article)
A Look Back at Meeting of the Minds Workshop Tour #3: How Future Mobility Solutions Can Co-Exist: The Complete Street of 2030
The workshop’s welcome briefing from NextEnergy’s President – Jean Redfield – laid out a clear message for this workshop tour: the challenges facing clean/smart energy are, to a growing extent, converging with the challenges facing clean/smart mobility. During the workshop tour, more than 45 Meeting delegates moved through multiple demos and facilities, including: The workshop session focused on the future ...(Read Full Article)
Over the next few weeks we will process, archive and report on the take-aways, media coverage and videos from Meeting of the Minds 2014. While we work on presenting this material, we want to make the raw files available to our network. Below are PDF slideshows from our presenters, as well as the archive video of our live webcast. PDF Slidedecks ...
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by Annemarie Zinck ALBERTSLUND, Denmark — If you’ve ever bought a compact fluorescent light bulb, or one of the newer LEDs, you may have been surprised to find their light brighter or cooler or yellower or bluer than you may be accustomed to in, say, your kitchen. The same is true with street lighting for cities — only the choices are much ...
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Meeting of the Minds 2014: Breaking New Ground with Urban Innovations, Connected Technology and Sustainability
Public sector, NGOs and private sector leaders to convene in Detroit For immediate release. What: Meeting of the Minds is an annual, global leadership summit focused on the development of smarter cities, next-gen infrastructure, and advanced urban development solutions. The conference is key to accelerating the emergence of successful cities with a connected future around the globe. Meeting of the Minds brings ...(Read Full Article)
A balancing act Society today is modeled after the same principles established centuries ago. The scale of our activities is certainly different but the underlying mechanisms are similar. Instruments have changed and the impact of human behavior is larger. The context that people can relate to follow the basic rules that society has always been based upon. Whether we live ...
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By Neal Peirce The phrase “ISO standard” is something you might find on the base of a light bulb, under your computer keyboard or in the owner’s manual for your refrigerator. It means that these products are made in a way that complies with international standards of quality and compatibility. There are ISOs for financial management, electrical engineering, chemical technology — you ...(Read Full Article)
City budget deficits are far from rare. San Jose, Chicago, Phoenix and Las Vegas are just a few examples of cities confronting likely shortfalls in the upcoming fiscal year. A wave of cost-cutting, and in many cases conflicting, policy drivers awaits the sustainability champions of US cities. With business starting to take sustainability seriously, not only is there a commercial ...
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It is increasingly clear that for growing urban populations, personal vehicle ownership is not a viable method of transportation. The laundry list of externalized costs from driving includes: air pollution, accidents, traffic congestion, noise pollution, roadway land value, etc. As populations grow, these costs grow as well. CommuteSolutions.org quantifies indirect driving costs at about $13/day for a 16 mile commute. ...(Read Full Article)
This blog post is a response to the Meeting of the Minds & Living Cities group blogging event which asks, “How could cities better connect all their residents to economic opportunity?” Once considered a luxury, access to Internet and technology has become absolutely essential to succeeding in school, searching for a job, and being productive at work. Despite the benefits ...
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On February 24th, 2014, Jessie Feller — Managing Director of Meeting of the Minds — discussed connected mobility options with Michael Samoza, CEO and founder of GottaPark, and Ben Stanley, Global Automotive Lead of IBM Institute of Business Value. The session was part of the Beyond the Connected Vehicle Conference in Detroit, MI. Visit the Advanced Mobility Project for more ...(Read Full Article)