Urban Themes

[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 17:15
It’s hard to make a relationship work, but it’s easy to ruin one. Particularly in the early stages before you really trust each other, forget too many birthdays or fail to communicate, things will fall apart in no time at all. At Cities of Service, we often find ourselves playing the role of dating coach, cultivating budding romances between city governments and citizens in cities across the... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 16:59
There has been growing interest in recent years in cities taking a leading role in addressing major sustainability challenges such as air pollution and water scarcity. More than half of the world’s population lives in urban areas, a share that is expected to grow even further in the years to come. As a result, the importance of cities has been widely recognized, particularly in the context of... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 - 16:50
In 2018,an estimated 27 percent (13 million) of Kenya’s population lived in cities and towns, of varied sizes, across the country. Towards the year 2050, this share will approach 50 percent of the total country population, which will be an equivalent of 44 million people. Kenya is thus undergoing an urban transition, which will induce structural transformations in social, economic and spatial... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 - 12:04
Under its new name Urban Sustainabilty Exchange (use), the Metropolis Policy Transfer platform has broadened its scope and enhanced its functionalities Under the new name of use - urban sustainability exchange, the platform was presented to the public by the Governing Mayor of Berlin and President of Metropolis, Mr Michael Müller, at the Berlin City Hall last March 6. With a new design and more... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:11
Sharing arrangements where elderly people offer a room to a youth could help ease both loneliness and housing affordability problems, experts say Home sharing initiatives that link cash-strapped young people with elderly home owners are becoming popular with governments around the world as they seek to tackle the twin crises of homelessness and loneliness, experts said on Thursday. Home sharing,... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 - 12:01
The challenges brought by the global financial crisis of 2008 and the resulting impact on local communities across the UK has meant an increased focus on the role of community resilience. But what is community resilience? In our work, we have considered community resilience broadly, as being the ability of a community to withstand and recover after an event or crisis. Other perspectives also draw... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 - 11:50
This is a critical time for city leaders across the United States and around the world. Cities are increasingly understood as the places where humanity’s greatest challenges, from climate change to migration to inequality, impact the most people. They’re also where ambitious leaders are stepping up to think creatively, not only about the catalytic role local government can play in solving... Read more
[ News ] Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 - 11:36
'If you want to solve poverty and marginalization, the smartest approach is to get the experts — the poor and marginalized — to help with solutions' It’s become a spring ritual. Every March, the release of the World Happiness Report — which ranks countries according to citizens’ self-reported life satisfaction — triggers a storm of tweets from pundits bragging or complaining about their place on... Read more
[ Document ] Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 - 11:20
The World Happiness Report is a landmark survey of the state of global happiness that ranks 156 countries by how happy their citizens perceive themselves to be. This year’s World Happiness Report focuses on happiness and the community: how happiness has evolved over the past dozen years, with a focus on the technologies, social norms, conflicts and government policies that have driven those... Read more
[ Opportunities ] Posted on Monday, March 25, 2019 - 01:26
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