The roles of citizens in civic problem-solving and innovation

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Local authorities are seeing tangible benefits from citizen innovation.

In numerous towns and cities across the world, citizens are having more of a say in sorting out civic problems. Through open innovation and crowdsourcing initiatives thousands of people are not only involved in identifying particular challenges such as pollution, poor water quality and graffiti, but also in designing and implementing the solutions.

 

 

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Top 13 amazing tech inventions you might have missed in 2013

In 2013, the tech world gave us plenty talk about. We can build smarter robots. We can 3D-print pretty much anything. Tablet wars are still going strong, Snapchat is still a thing, and now we can binge-watch our favorite TV shows in more ways than ever before. (Videos)

 

 

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Why Denver needs to be on your tech radar next year

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Denver will become one of the few American cities that allows its residents to purchase and recreationally consume marijuana starting in January. It’s a move that is expected to create jobs and generate tax revenue. Denver is roughly 1,200 miles away from the heart of Silicon Valley, where San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed is pushing for restrictions that will shutter many of the city’s medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Competing for the Title – World’s Chief Innovator

Futurist Thomas Frey:  When Thomas Edison died he left a gaping hole. He was credited with inventing everything from the electric light bulb, to the phonograph, to the movie projector, to the stock ticker, to the motion picture camera, to the entire movie industry.

 

 

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It’s the beginning of a new era for entrepreneurs and startups

There are over 20 million non-employer businesses out there today, with more starting every day.

There is a resurgence of entrepreneurial spirit ever since the recent recession, and more startup activity than ever before. The days of the “job work” mentality are waning, with more people looking to get satisfaction by making the world a better place, rather than just tolerating brain-numbing work to fund enjoyment elsewhere.

 

 

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IBM unveils top 5 technology predictions for the next 5 years

This year’s ideas are based on the fact that everything will learn.

IBM reveals its five big innovation predictions that will change our lives within five years. This is the eighth year now that IBM has made predictions about technology, and this year’s prognostications are sure to get people talking.

 

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Adoption of technology is speeding up

Innovations introduced more recently are being adopted more quickly.

The rates of new product introduction and adoption are speeding up and it seems to be across the board. For instance, an automobile industry trade consultant observes that “Today, a typical automotive design cycle is approximately 24 to 36 months, which is much faster than the 60-month life cycle from five years ago.”

 

 

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Cities are our most important innovation platform

Cities are crucial to our continued ability to innovate and compete.

We tend to think about individual gifts of insight when we think about innovation—researchers in crisp, white lab coats, slick tech entrepreneurs with fancy gadgets and VC’s doing inspired deals. But, innovation is really a messy business. It is full of blind alleys and half-baked ideas, random collisions and abrupt changes in direction.  Ideas mix and recombine, fail, reemerge and, in the end, a precious few become wildly successful.

 

 

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Have we reached peak employment? 24 future industries that will lead to an era of super employment!

Futurist Thomas Frey:  It’s easy to spot signs of desperation in people’s eyes. With unemployment rates at persistently high levels and young people unable to find jobs from one year to the next, we have become a society seething with anxiety.

 

 

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Coca-Cola to open startup accelerators in nine countries around the world

Coca-Cola has already launched accelerators in Sydney and San Francisco.

When you think of Coca-Cola do startups come to mind?  The beverage giant has plans for accelerator programs in nine cities including Berlin and Istanbul by the end of the year.

 

 

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