It Takes a Village to Create a Smart City

In the city with: 6 VIDEOS

By Planting Seeds In His Neighborhood, This Man Got America Talking About Food Deserts

In this installment of ‘In the city with:,’ urban gardener Ron Finley redefines city spaces as edible gardens.

Meet the Mayor Who Sold His Car to Take the Bus

In this installment of ‘In the city with:,’ Berkeley Mayor Tom Bates outlines his city’s green agenda.

That’s Not Gross—That’s Sustainable Protein

In this installment of ‘In the city with:,’ Nordic Food Lab in Copenhagen is experimenting with and dishing up foods from unlikely sources while keeping taste and quality at center plate.

An Idea Sparked by a Pothole Is Giving People a New Way to Improve Their City

In this installment of ‘In the city with:,’ a bicycle accident helped one innovator see a way to get cities in better shape.

Fresh Thinking Welcome: A Crowdfunding Platform for Transforming Community Spaces

In this installment of ‘In the city with:,’ Spacehive creates a space where creative citizens can develop ideas and investments aimed at giving old places new life.

Taking Food Into His Own Hands, From Compost Bin to Cutting Board

In this installment of ‘In the city with:,’ Amass Restaurant founder and executive chef Matthew Orlando creates hyper-local dishes that exemplify the idea of sustainable food.
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    By Planting Seeds In His Neighborhood, This Man Got America Talking About Food Deserts
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    Meet the Mayor Who Sold His Car to Take the Bus
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    That’s Not Gross—That’s Sustainable Protein
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    An Idea Sparked by a Pothole Is Giving People a New Way to Improve Their City
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    Fresh Thinking Welcome: A Crowdfunding Platform for Transforming Community Spaces
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    Taking Food Into His Own Hands, From Compost Bin to Cutting Board

A little about the collaboration

Innovation thrives in cities—but only with the rapid dispersal of great ideas. That's why we’ve teamed up with 
IBM People for Smarter Cities to spotlight the urban innovators who are taking on some of our cities’ toughest challenges. Check out their stories, and start seeing your city in a new light.

In the city with: was created in an effort to ignite the flames of the People for Smarter Cities community—to share with it, and all those interested, the most provocative urban innovations. Our hope is that these ideas will cultivate dialogue and initiate change.

If you’re a citizen, you can share smart ideas for improving your city. If you’re a city leader, you can gain insights that allow you to make better decisions, resolve problems proactively, and coordinate resources more effectively.

Check out the stories; then head over to People4SmarterCities.com to get involved.

 

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“If you have a voice, you have a moral obligation to look at the bigger picture.”

Matthew Orlando, Amass

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“I didn't get any complaints when the toilets and dressers, all the trash and the plastic were here, but I plant one carrot in the ground, and all hell breaks loose.”

Ron Finley, The Ron Finley Project

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“What happens in Berkeley today, if you really follow, probably in the next five to ten years, is going to happen all over.”

Tom Bates, The Mayor of Berkeley

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“It’s a very provocative question: What do you want? It’s not asked of us very often in life.”

Dan Parham, Neighborland