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Participants share their experience at Startup Cities Weekend.
Disruptive innovation for a better world
Startup Cities as a New Growth Strategy for Developing Nations
Welcome to the Startup Cities Institute. Read Miriam’s story here.
How the tragic life of a 26-year old fruit vendor sparked a revolution.
Today's technologies are open, decentralized, and peer-to-peer. Startup Cities are open-access communities for law and governance reforms. They give the poor the same entrepreneurial tools that only a lucky few enjoy today.
We're firmly committed to startup thinking. Startup Cities begin small and grow solely based on their ability to attract citizens and provide good governance. We believe real community is voluntary -- no one is ever forced to join a Startup City project.
Social progress needs communities where people can freely express themselves. Startup Cities are incubators for new ideas in technology, social services, transparency, environmental stewardship, education, and community design.
Just over a year ago, transportation startups Lyft, Sidecar and Uber were each facing a $20,000 fine from California Regulators. Fast forward to last month and not only have all three evaded the fine, they’ve also gained full-fledged legitimacy in the eyes of the state. Fueled by political momentum and venture capital, these three companies […]
During SCI’s recent event, Startup Cities Weekend 2013, participants developed several new ideas in urbanism and municipal governance. We sat down with one participant, architect Anthony Ling, to discuss his idea of the “Minimum Viable Community”. SCI: Anthony, you led an initiative at the recent Startup Cities Weekend to look at urban design for new […]
Our hearts go out to the victims of the Westgate attacks in Kenya. Instead of dwelling on the painful reality of events like these, I try to take away one lesson: The most powerful weapon we have in the fight against violence is to create healthy, free communities where people can build safe, happy, and […]
Jon Tirman offers a glimpse into the brutal world of human trafficking in the Washington Post. Every year, millions of people are traded across borders like cattle. About half are children. Many are sold into sex slavery while others are exploited on guest-worker programs. It’s a $44 billion industry.
Graham Brown, a veteran of the transportation industry, argues that we could liberate innovation in human transport by replacing traffic regulation with a single, clever permit scheme.
“I would have to say that this has really been revolutionary … being able to have an idea in 6 hours be developed because of the intensity of the intelligence that’s applied to the idea.” “This is the single most powerful idea to really change the world, and that it’s such a thrill to participate […]
[Part 2 of the 3-part series on Songdo, South Korea] Previously, I have written on Songdo, the world’s first ‘Smart City’ — a clean-tech city that will be a completely connected, centrally planned, and administered urban space. Though, whatever we call it, Songdo is not really a whole city
[Part 1 of the 3-part series on Songdo City, South Korea] The world’s first “smart city” is nearing completion. Called an “aerotropolis” by some, Songdo will be an industry hub for international business travel.
In a now widely derided editorial, David Brooks admonishes the betrayals of Edward Snowden. It is perhaps a prescient moment when Brooks, (in)famous for his attunement to Washington’s ‘insider’ culture, laments that “[e]very time there is a leak like this, the powers that be close the circle of trust a little tighter. They limit debate […]