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More than Talk at Davos: A Deep Dive by the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Infrastructure & Urban Development

In recognizing the need for new models for urban development, the World Economic Forum—which brings the world to Davos every January—has mobilized a multi-stakeholder team to find alternatives. Nic Villa, global director in the Cisco® Internet Business Solutions Group Public Sector practice, was recently named to this year’s Global Agenda Council for Infrastructure & Urban Development (GAC), a team of 15 experts and industry leaders drawn from around the world. This group is dedicated to exploring and identifying transformational models for infrastructure and urban development (I participated as a member in last year’s GAC).

By offering the case study of Shenzhen, Cisco IBSG contributed an outstanding example to the new “Urban Anthologies: Learning from our Cities” a user-friendly toolkit developed by the GAC to empower mayors, urban leaders, and private sector decision makers who are seeking to transform cities and communities. The tool highlights not only the physical outcomes of the projects but, most important, the catalytic and enabling factors that make these transformations possible (see chart below).

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Cisco CEO John Chambers: Thoughts Prior to WEF2012

This month, Cisco Chairman and CEO is attending his 12th World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland.  In this video he prepared for WEF, he answers the following questions.

What great transformation will the world see in the next decade?
What new models will drive change in your industry?
How can organizations build competitive innovation for the next generation?
How can your industry work with other stakeholders to improve the state of the world?

John states that the internet and business “innovation will drive GDP growth, job creation and productivity” in the next decade. He says that any device will be connected to any content and that video will be everywhere.  Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, he says, will be in the enterprise, in their current form or in a more business-friendly form (note: such as Cisco Quad).  He says that mobility will continue to grow in importance and the proliferation of devices will make the network and its security and policies even more important.

Solving the worlds problems, he says, takes bringing diverse people together…both physically, but more and more through collaborative platforms.

Watch the video and let us know what you think technology’s impact will have on our lives in the next decade.

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The Network Effect

To celebrate our first anniversary of the CLE blog we produced a web documentary series on the impact of the telecom network, hosted by Dr. Steven Shepard.  We’ll share stories about the network’s pioneers, the impact it has today in growing the economy especially in developing regions, and possibilities it holds for the future.

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Emerging Countries and the Emerging Internet Economy

The recent Global Information Technology Report (GITR) from the World Economic Forum highlights the role that ICT plays as an enabler of economic, environmental and social development today. The Networked Readiness Index in the report also showed that developing countries led by China and Brazil are catching up in terms of technology adoption.

There’s another aspect to the report that bears mentioning, and that is the rising importance and shifting composition of the Internet Economy, in chapter 1.2, and authored by Cisco’s Enrique Rueda-Sabater and John Garrity. Cisco has supported and made contributions to the GITR for most of its 10 years of existence and has used the Networked Readiness Index in many discussions around the world on the potential for networks to contribute to economic and social progress.


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Cisco CTO Padmasree Warrior talks World Economic Forum Experience

Armed with my Flip Camera, I had a chance to catch up today with Padmasree Warrior, Cisco’s Chief Technology Officer.  This is her first trip to the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Padma talks about her experiences in the technology tract, as well as being a little star struck by WEF attendees.  Padma notes that cloud computing is a hot topic at this year’s event, and trend Cisco is well positioned to lead.

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