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Work-Life Innovation: Impact on the Individual

Networked technologies have made work and learning increasingly mobile and highly flexible. So much so that employees are now choosing work-location flexibility over a higher salary and employers are providing workers with the tools to facilitate this. Cisco IBSG calls this “Smart Work.” Of course, the ability to make flexible working a viable option depends on a number of factors, including availability of good broadband connectivity, employer trust, the nature of the work in which an employee is engaged, and suitable social software and video technologies that enable the employee to remain in a connected (albeit virtual) work environment.

Employees, too, have to develop a new form of self-discipline that involves maintaining a good work-life balance; rather than working longer hours, this entails spending much of their extra time with family, in the community, or furthering their own personal and professional development. Read More »

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The Future of Work-Life Innovation: The Role of Networked Technologies

A number of forces are changing how we work, live, and innovate: pervasive technologies, distributed ways of working, “space rather than place” as a work ethos, new methods and modes of work, access to shared services, open versus closed innovation, a new generation of workers, environmental concerns, and macro socioeconomic shifts.

Given a choice, people will demand freedom to work, live, and innovate in ways that meet their individual lifestyles, unfettered by place. Meanwhile, pressures to reduce costs and seek new approaches to innovation are causing many private and public organizations to rethink how work gets done. Read More »

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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 partnerships, collaboration, and community was a major theme at the London Policy Conference (#lonconf) on December 12-13, 2011. Jointly hosted by IPPR, a leading UK think tank, and London’s new think tank, The Centre for London (incubated by Demos), the conference was a platform and network for all those with an interest in London’s future. Sponsored by Cisco alongside other private and public organizations, senior leaders from the public, NGO, and private sectors convened to discuss the major policy challenges facing London and how its future might be best shaped.

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Cloud-Based Services Infrastructure Transforms Busan Metropolitan City

The need for cities to balance social, economic, and environmental resources is becoming increasingly critical. Cities, however, now have an opportunity to use the network as the platform for visualizing and modeling urban infrastructure to provide innovative urban services and manage urban sustainability. Using the network as the fourth utility (in addition to electricity, water, and natural gas), cities can integrate multiple systems to deliver on-demand services over an Internet-enabled cloud infrastructure supported by open innovation.

Busan Metropolitan City is one example of a city poised for Smart City development. Busan is South Korea’s second-largest metropolis and home to the fifth-largest port in the world. It also boasts an established 10GB broadband infrastructure, Busan Information Highway. As the city continues to grow, it faces the same environmental, economic, and social issues as other metropolitan areas. Because of this, the Busan government is investing in expanding the existing broadband infrastructure to improve urban services and service quality. Read More »

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Smart+Connected Communities at C-Scape 2011

Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and EVP, Emerging Solutions and Anil Menon, SVP, Smart+Connected Communities (S+CC) and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer talk about the value of industry analysts and their appreciation of these ”Conceptual Thinkers” after an analyst roundtable session they hosted on S+CC at C-Scape 2011. The robust and highly interactive discussion with industry analysts was highlighted by the participation of  John Stenlake, CTO, Living PlanIT, who offered insights on Cisco technology as a key enabler for building out PlanIT Valley, a joint S+CC engagement with Cisco and Living PlanIT in Portugal.

The Value of Analyst Feedback @ C-Scape 2011
Wim Elfrink, Chief Globalisation Officer and EVP, Emerging Solutions httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oimr9qGgwDI

Appreciation of Conceptual Thinkers – The Industry Analysts
Anil Menon, SVP, Smart+Connected Communities and Deputy Chief Globalisation Officer httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N7JJXDKku9Q

Living PlanIT @ C-Scape 2011
John Stenlake, CTO, provides insights on Cisco technology as a key enabler for building out PlanIT Valley, a joint S+CC engagement with Cisco and Living PlanIT in Portugal httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0pRRXUmVWs

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