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Innovation in the 21st Century City

As a global director of the Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group’s Urban Innovation team, I’ve seen how broadband connectivity can radically transform urban life, while forcing us to rethink our entire approach to designing and managing cities. I recently had the opportunity to share some of my ideas on the subject at the 2011 World Council of UCLG (United Cities and Local Governments) in Florence, Italy. The Council represents nearly half th…

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Participation, Collaboration, Community

Key to the development of effective public sector strategies for resilience, innovation, and productivity is the ability to navigate at unprecedented scale and speed, complex and distributed communities (networks) of information, people, and things. By tapping the power of these networks, communities can effectively share ideas, expertise, and knowledge, encouraging richer levels of participation. Smart City development and services through part…

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Silicon Valley Innovation is Built Around Employee Mobility

…, I hope we can move beyond non-compete agreements with employees as a policy matter.  The start-up culture and innovation of Silicon Valley is built around employee mobility.  Read Walter Isaacson’s magnificent biography of Steve Jobs to get a first hand view of the process by which those willing to invest their capital can bring together teams of experienced people to change the world.  To be sure, most of our non-California competitors w…

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Cisco PSS 2011 Wraps on Encouraging Note; Experts Cite Public Sector Capacity for Innovation, Evolution

A quartet of distinguished experts on government and innovation closed the 10th Cisco Public Services Summit Sunday by presenting  a cascade of public sector innovations – all supporting the view that government can and will keep up with fast-moving digital technology. Author Steven Johnson, former Canadian cabinet secretary Jocelyne Bourgon, former Australian finance minister Lindsay Tanner and Indian telecom entrepreneur Sam Pitroda provided a…

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Inclusion and Diversity Best Practice: How Diversity Powers Innovation

We read a lot about how diversity powers innovation but the other day I was on a call where I saw this with my own eyes. Cisco’s Global Inclusion and Diversity team have introduced monthly meetings for their Ambassadors called “Diverse Conversations” whereby they take a very real I&D topic and encourage the group to discuss. The theme of Thursday’s call was “Managing across Cultures” and the objective was to explore different perspectives o…

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