Inclusive Entrepreneurial Ecosystems

Prioritizing STEM-based Competitiveness for Equitable Growth

March 3, 2022 / Comments Off on Prioritizing STEM-based Competitiveness for Equitable Growth

An equitable growth strategy, particularly in high density, multi-ethnic communities, requires three commitments: Terraform while doing no harm; adopt culturally responsive economic strategies, and advance STEM based competitiveness. A commitment to “terraforming” Star Trek’s Wrath of Khan introduced Project Genesis, a biotechnology solution for transforming desolate planets into vibrant, verdant places to sustain life. The only caveat […]

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Expert Views: Developing an Equitable Growth Strategy for Cities

March 3, 2022 / Comments Off on Expert Views: Developing an Equitable Growth Strategy for Cities

Throughout the pandemic, cities have lived on the razor’s edge. As we enter a new phase of living with COVID, the moment is ripe for opportunity to thrive, but also to deteriorate. Recently, we asked some of our senior advisors to draw from their experiences and offer their perspective on what it will take for […]

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A Follow-up Love Letter to Cities

February 25, 2022 / Comments Off on A Follow-up Love Letter to Cities

We are two years and counting into a pandemic that has upended the entire world, from public health systems and global supply chains, to the ways we conduct business and attend school. When we first wrote Our Love Letter to Cities just days into the pandemic, we were holding our breath imagining whether the future […]

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Using Public Libraries as a Framework for Smart Cities

February 18, 2022 / Comments Off on Using Public Libraries as a Framework for Smart Cities

For us to design cities of the future, it is important for us not to forget the institutions that helped us get to where we are today. Public libraries have played a pivotal role in communities and will need to be at the forefront when thinking about and planning for smart city initiatives. Public libraries […]

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Retail, Data & Disruption

February 11, 2022 / Comments Off on Retail, Data & Disruption

Becoming Trader Joe, by the firm’s founder Joe Coulombe, is one of the better books I have read in recent years. It clarified much of what I understand about their retail site and expansion decisions. For me, this included Coulombe’s initial objective of providing products for the over-educated and underpaid, products these customers could feel […]

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Sustainability is the Greatest Challenge of All Time And Here is Why

February 4, 2022 / Comments Off on Sustainability is the Greatest Challenge of All Time And Here is Why

In 2022, I will be celebrating my 25th year as a sustainability leader, speaker, advocate, educator, author, and designer. Despite all the success and satisfaction of a career well spent, I have yet to see the larger transition to a sustainable future that I assumed would occur. How is it possible that we can be […]

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