Our work is rooted in an understanding that cities are webs of significantly complex and relentlessly changing systems. Within these systems, internal and external forces impact the system but do not determine its outcomes. Instead, these forces trigger internal processes that push the system to spontaneously reorganize itself. These changing forces perpetually reshape city systems which change the trajectory of the human experience, our economy and the future of our planet.
It's important to understand the systems that are shaping our cities and the forces that influence those systems. With cities being organisms that are constantly rearranging themselves depending on the forces impacting its systems, the more a city can sense and understand itself, the better the information it has to create transformational innovations. While our organization produces its own research, we also collect and share research from over 100 organizations while organizing the research into over 20 interdisciplinary categories.
Now that we have all this information, what do we do with it? Through storytelling, we synthesize our research and publish original content that assist the public in better understanding what’s happening in our cities. We also propose policies that will intervene to strengthen or adjust city systems to ensure that they are advancing the creation of more vibrant, inclusive and resilient communities.
Through the support of our research and storytelling, we bring together the public sectors, industry and civil society to work together in solving problems that face cities. Through the support of innovation tools and processes, we help innovators turn ideas into prototypes that can be tested, brought to market and scaled to strengthen or adjust city systems to work better for people and planet. After all, the economic value of solving city problems has been valued at over half a trillion dollars annually.
Art & Culture
Cycling & Walkability
Diversity & Inclusion
Economy & Entrepreneurship
Parks & Public Space
Safety & Security
Semi-Private Community Space