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Smart Cities As Democratic Ecologies

Author : Daniel Araya
ISBN : 9781137377203
Genre : Technology & Engineering
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This collection focuses on technology-driven changes in democracy and civic engagement in the design and development of the 'smart city', exploring new urban literacies and emergent social practices.

Smart Transitions In City Regionalism

Author : Tassilo Herrschel
ISBN : 9781317447818
Genre : Business & Economics
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In recent years "smartness" has risen as a buzzword to characterize novel urban policy and development patterns. As a result of this, debates around what "smart" actually means, both theoretically and empirically, have emerged within the interdisciplinary arenas of urban and regional studies. This book explores the changes in discourse, rationality and selected responses of smartness through the theme of "transition." The concept of transition provides the broader context and points of reference for adopting smartness in reconciling competing interests and agendas in city-regional governance. Using case studies from around the world, including North America, Europe and South Africa, the authors link external regime transition in societal values and goals with internal moves towards smartness. While reflecting the growing integration of overarching themes and analytical concerns, this volume further develops work on smartness, smart growth, transition, city-regionalism, governance and sustainability. Smart Transitions in City Regionalism explores how smart cities and city regions interact with conventional state structures. It will be of great interest to postgraduates and advanced undergraduates across urban studies, geography, sustainability studies and political science.

Smarter New York City

Author : André Corrêa d'Almeida
ISBN : 9780231545112
Genre : Political Science
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Innovation is often presented as being in the exclusive domain of the private sector. Yet despite widespread perceptions of public-sector inefficiency, government agencies have much to teach us about how technological and social advances occur. Improving governance at the municipal level is critical to the future of the twenty-first-century city, from environmental sustainability to education, economic development, public health, and beyond. In this age of acceleration and massive migration of people into cities around the world, this book explains how innovation from within city agencies and administrations makes urban systems smarter and shapes life in New York City. Using a series of case studies, Smarter New York City describes the drivers and constraints behind urban innovation, including leadership and organization; networks and interagency collaboration; institutional context; technology and real-time data collection; responsiveness and decision making; and results and impact. Cases include residential organic-waste collection, an NYPD program that identifies the sound of gunshots in real time, and the Vision Zero attempt to end traffic casualties, among others. Challenging the usefulness of a tech-centric view of urban innovation, Smarter New York City brings together a multidisciplinary and integrated perspective to imagine new possibilities from within city agencies, with practical lessons for city officials, urban planners, policy makers, civil society, and potential private-sector partners.

Higher Education In The Global Age

Author : Daniel Araya
ISBN : 9781135042370
Genre : Social Science
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Discussions on globalization now routinely focus on the economic impact of developing countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, the former Soviet Union and Latin America. Only twenty-five years ago, many developing countries were largely closed societies. Today, the growing power of “emerging markets” is reordering the geopolitical landscape. On a purchasing power parity basis, emerging economies now constitute half of the world’s economic activity. Financial markets too are seeing growing integration: Asia now accounts for 1/3 of world stock markets, more than double that of just 15 years ago. Given current trajectories, most economists predict that China and India alone will account for half of global output by 2050 (almost a complete return to their positions prior to the Industrial Revolution). How is higher education shaping and being shaped by these massive tectonic shifts? As education rises as a geopolitical priority, it has converged with discussions on economic policy and a global labor market. As part of the Routledge Studies in Emerging Societies series, this edited collection focuses on the globalization of higher education, particularly the increasing symbiosis between advanced and developing countries. Bringing together senior scholars, journalists, and practitioners from around the world, this collection explores the relatively new and changing higher education landscape.

The Digital City And Mediated Urban Ecologies

Author : Kristin Scott
ISBN : 9783319391731
Genre : Social Science
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This book examines the phenomenon of the “digital city” in the U.S. by looking at three case studies: New York City, San Antonio, and Seattle. Scott considers how digital technologies are increasingly built into the logic and organization of urban spaces and argues that while each city articulates ideals such as those of open democracy, civic engagement, efficient governance, and enhanced security, competing capitalist interests attached to many of these digital technological programs make the “digital city” problematic.

The New Development Paradigm

Author : Michael A. Peters
ISBN : 1433118874
Genre : Business & Economics
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Although the concept of -development education has been widely adopted, the term is still not widely understood. With the advent of globalization, the knowledge economy, and, in particular, the formulation of the World Bank's knowledge for development strategy and the UNDP's -creative economy, development issues have become a central part of education and education has become central to development. It is time to reassess the standard development education paradigm and to investigate the possibilities that take into account emerging trends. <I>The New Development Paradigm, written by international authorities, focuses on three related themes: education, the knowledge economy and openness; social networking, new media and social entrepreneurship in education; and technology, innovation and participatory networks."

The Land That Could Be

Author : William A. Shutkin
ISBN : 0262264587
Genre : Science
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In this book, environmentalist and lawyer William Shutkin describes a new kind of environmental and social activism spreading across the nation, one that joins the pursuit of environmental quality with that of civic health and sustainable local economies. In the face of challenges posed by often corrosive market forces and widespread social disaffection, this civic environmentalism is creating nothing less than a new public discourse and dynamic social vision grounded in environmental action.Shutkin points the way to vibrant, sustainable communities through four inspiring examples of civic environmentalism in action: the redevelopment of contaminated urban land for agriculture in inner-city Boston, mass-transit-based development and waterfront restoration in Oakland, protection of open space and conservation-based development in rural Colorado, and smart-growth and sustainability strategies in suburban New Jersey. The book's underlying message is that the nation's environmental health is a critical factor in its success as a vital democracy. Social health, democratic community, and environmentalism, Shutkin shows, are one.From the author's preface :"This book asserts that environmentalism is as much about protecting ordinary places as it is about preserving wilderness areas; as much about promoting civic engagement as it is about pursuing environmental litigation; and as much about implementing sound economic development strategies as it is about negotiating global climate change treaties. Ultimately, I believe, environmentalism is nothing less than about our conception of ourselves as a social and political community -- what the bald eagle, our national symbol, really means."

Healthy Cities

Author : Namir Khan
ISBN : UOM:39015053397876
Genre : Business & Economics
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Modern cities can be designed to constitute a more supportive environment for a great many activities, provide a more livable habitat and reduce the burden imposed on the biosphere. They can be made healthier and more sustainable by means of new and emerging preventive approaches. This volume focuses on those preventive approaches that can make cities healthier and more sustainable.

Conditions Of Peace

Author : Grace Lee Boggs
ISBN : UOM:39015022270279
Genre : Political Science
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Starting in 1982, in the midst of the largest arms buildup in history, three dozen of the nation's most innovative thinkers on global affairs began meeting to conceive of a way to end the "war system" that has governed human society from the beginning of recorded history. Calling themselves the Exploratory Project on the Conditions of Peace, or EXPRO, these scholars and activists tried to envision a "peace system," a set of interrelated beliefs, policies and institutions that not only would eliminate war but also would address the underlying tensions and conflicts that cause war. Conditions of Peace: An Inquiry is the culmination of EXPRO's nine years of work. The book contains original essays on five essential components of a peace system--military security, participatory democracy, ecological balance, economic justice, and community. These essays, written for the concerned citizen by Grace Boggs, Dietrich Fischer, Shea Howell, Arjun Makhijani, David Orr and Michael Shuman, are ideal for the classroom and discussion groups. In addition, an overview essay by Robert Borosage demonstrates the timeliness of EXPRO's work as Americans search for a new framework for U.S. national security policy.

Ecology And Farming

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ISBN : CORNELL:31924101485393
Genre : Organic farming
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