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Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 - 10:38
Andrew Bolwell is the Global Head of Technology Vision and HP Tech Ventures.  In this role he is responsible for driving HP’s long-term innovation and technology vision for HP, as well as for HP's venture activities, working across start-up and venture capital communities to identify, source, commercialize and invest in early-stage disruptive technologies.  Liaising with HP Labs, business groups, customers and partners, Andrew is defining new market segments, products and business models that will help shape HP’s future growth.  Today, we’re sharing Part 2 of a five-part series discussing HP’... Read more
Posted on Monday, August 29, 2016 - 09:56
Geography used to be destiny, Communities and trade flourished in proximity to food, resources and transportation options. In ancient times that meant rivers and coastal areas. In the industrial revolution, that meant along rail lines and at rail terminals. In the automobile era, that meant along highways and interstates. The cost of distance has been baked into goods and services for so long that it’s almost taken for granted, seen as an absolute or a constant. In recent years, globalization has been driven by a shrinking cost of distance. An American firm moving its manufacturing across the... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 - 10:17
Asian cities are among the fastest growing in the world, but are they growing in the right way? In today’s world of interconnected risks, urbanization has emerged as one of the region’s biggest tests. If not handled smartly, urbanization poses social, economic, political and environmental risks that governments will find hard to contain. The biggest challenge confronting planners—when they are used—is striking a balance between the pursuit of economic growth, sustainability and livability. BRINK Asia spoke with Liu Thai Ker, who was the master planner of Singapore and is the founding chairman... Read more
Posted on Thursday, August 18, 2016 - 15:49
Urbanisation is an irreversible process and a necessary condition for economic growth, says Jonathan Woetzel of McKinsey Global Institute (MGI), a research arm of the global consulting firm. A senior partner and director at MGI, Woetzel, based in Shanghai, advises Asian businesses on global growth. He is also an expert on urbanisation and has led numerous research initiatives into related subjects such as affordable housing. He was in Kolkata recently to meet lawmakers, government officials and business leaders. In an hour-long chat on urbanisation, Woetzel said the key to building smart... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 15:44
Dámaso Luna Corona is the adjunct director general for sustainable development in Mexico’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In June, he and a colleague from the Philippines were appointed to co-lead political negotiations on the New Urban Agenda, the global vision intended to guide sustainable urbanization over the next 20 years. Those talks had begun the previous month, which meant that both of the new “co-facilitators” were forced to hit the ground running. And their time frame is short: In October, the entire membership of the United Nations is slated to gather in Quito, Ecuador, to finalize... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, August 16, 2016 - 11:28
How can energy support the growth of urbanisation? A transformative approach is needed, argues a forthcoming Arup report for the World Energy Council As the world's population grows and urbanises, the question of how energy can contribute to the success of cities is becoming increasingly urgent. It's an issue Arup examines closely in its forthcoming World Energy Scenarios report, which will launch at the World Energy Council (WEC) congress in October.  The report forms a chapter in Arup's partnership with WEC's World Energy Scenarios, which allows policymakers and energy leaders to test the... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 - 18:23
Slum Dwellers International (SDI) and WIEGO are the co-chairs of the Grassroots Partner Constituent Group of the General Assembly of Partners, which brings together 15 such interest groups to speak with one voice on behalf of civil society in the Habitat III process. Cities Today US Reporter, Mythili Sampathkumar, spoke to Rose Molokoane, the National Coordinator for the South African Federation of the Urban Poor (FEDUP), affiliate of SDI and co-Chair of the Grassroots Constituent Group What is your role in the New Urban Agenda?   I am representing the large number of [poor] communities and 7... Read more
Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 - 19:33
From activism to effective advocacy: A step-by-step guide for stakeholders.  Effective advocacy requires the shedding of sweat and tears by dedicated activists who brave the front lines in the struggle for justice. These struggles can take place in a number of settings, from the grass roots to the halls of power where policymakers do their work. Nevertheless, even the most seasoned activists may balk at the notion of taking their advocacy to the United Nations, a place where it is difficult to quickly understand the ins and outs of diplomacy and decorum. While the U. N. system may seem like a... Read more
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2016 - 10:44
Uganda — Located on Lake Victoria at the source of the River Nile, Jinja is literally a breath of fresh air for Ugandans and tourists who come to escape the chaos of Kampala, the capital city two hours west of here. Jinja is still relatively small, as urban areas go — about 80,000 people live here and another 350,000 in the surrounding region. But like many “secondary” cities in sub-Saharan Africa, Jinja is poised to grow rapidly in the coming decades as migrants from rural areas arrive seeking jobs. Already home to two hydropower plants, four steel companies, two international hospitals and... Read more
Posted on Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:23
In the wake of proposed joint public – private partnership (PPPs) venture for Urban Renewal and Redevelopment of Old Estates in Mombasa County, there has been a debate on public housing in Kenya.  Urban Renewal and Redevelopment is a great initiative and indeed a duty of the County Governments in conjunction with Urban Management Boards. The issue at hand, however, is that housing is a human right and not mere entrepreneurial venture. As such there is a need for ventures such as that proposed by the County Government of Mombasa to fulfil rigorous public security and protect it from... Read more

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