Cities in Transition

Cities in Transition

Described as smart, resilient, regenerative, even generous; cities are a focal point for so many of the discussions about economic prosperity, human health, and environmental impact in the 21st century. They’ve become increasingly critical as political decision making bodies representing the world’s most intense concentrations of resources, energy and information.

Much more than just bricks and mortar, cities are also central to much of the world’s cutting-edge innovation, acting as hubs for designing and testing out new business models and technology at scale. What will it take to make tomorrow’s cities everything that we promise they’ll be today? And who, or even where, will lead that change?

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Materials & Design

​Materials & Design

Often, 'good design' is defined by the performance or functionality of a product or service, the ergonomics, and the aesthetics. Yet most of the materials we use, we lose, the things we make are consistently under-utilised.

However, a new mindset is emerging; one where we design our products in a way that asks 'what next'? The goods of today should be the resources of tomorrow.

This shift in thinking is worth around a trillion dollars and will drive innovation in tomorrow's companies, and reshape every part of our lives.

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People in the Economy

People in the Economy ​

Nightly news bulletins often tell us how the economy is performing using an array of acronyms and percentages that have, let’s face it, little meaning in our day-to-day lives. We are sold the story that economic growth is good for us all, “A rising tide lifts all boats”, and all the other cliches. However, critics of how we measure economic success are not hard to find. They argue that the way we currently determine ‘success’ has many blind spots and can leave a lot of people behind.

As the economy continues to evolve, how can we ensure that people get access to the goods and services, materials and components they need to help them live and prosper? What type of economy do we want to live in?

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