Learn from the Experts: How to grow your economy, society and culture in the digital age

Who are the experts? They are public and private-sector leaders who are leading communities to prosperity amid the immense disruptions of the digital age: disruptions to employment, business competitiveness, demand for skills, community engagement and community resilience. Their secret weapon? The ICF Method – and each other. They are members of the Intelligent Community Forum. Cities, regions, companies and nonprofit…

Sorry Smart Cities – You Completely Missed the Point

Blog posted by Robert Bell, ICF Co-Founder Maybe it’s just me, but I keep thinking I hear the sound of “Smart City fatigue” setting in. Since IBM coined the term and Cisco quickly followed its lead, there have been, according to the web, three generations of smart cities. There have been academic papers and workshops and massive conferences. Multinational, national…

How the ICF Method Transformed Hamilton

In the 2016 Intelligent Communities Awards, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada was named a Smart21 Community. To build further on this success, the city created a task force to examine Hamilton’s infrastructure, identify gaps in its digital strategy across the municipality, and develop an action plan to make Hamilton a destination for investment. Hamilton Mayor’s Intelligent Community Task Force is available as…

Have Open Access Networks Seen Their Day?

Blog by Rob McCann For the last two decades, there have been varying degrees of interest in the concept of an Open Access Network. What is Open Access? Some party, usually a local government, chooses to build a physical broadband network and then leases access to service providers who wish to connect subscribers. The model is compelling because the municipality…

Tips for Getting Back on Track After Losing Your Remote Business

Image via Unsplash Blog by Matt Williams Just a few months ago, a virus came and turned the world economy upside down. Now, many millions around the world are still out of work, including those who have been running a business from home. If you have lost your remote business because of the coronavirus, there is no sugarcoating it: It…

Ethical Smart Cities Tools

The international students at the Institute without Boundaries (IwB), an Interdisciplinary Design Strategy program at George Brown College in Toronto, embarked on a nine month-long project to study “smart cities”. Their unique and timely investigation focused on the trends and forces that impact the design and future of cities. One of the key outcomes from this project were the tools…

Civic Commons Catalyst: a new initiative of Future Cities Canada

The Civic Commons Catalyst is a new initiative of Future Cities Canada which offers an array of programming to support and scale existing civic initiatives, prototype new participatory models and support resident-led activities. Learn more about the Civic Commons Catalyst via: https://futurecitiescanada.ca/programs/learning-networks/#civic-commons-catalyst Over the past 12 months Evergreen has engaged its growing audience over many webinars, building a following of…

Blog: Part 8: Heroine’s Walk

The following blog by ICF Co-Founder Louis Zacharilla is part of the “No Place BUT Home” series. Part 8: Heroine's Walk: She hears it every night precisely at 7:00 PM. But tonight, she was running late for her shift and talking on her phone as briskly as she was scurrying to confront what is left of “The Beast” inside New…

New ICF Report Focuses on the Economic Transformation

New ICF Report, "Investment-Ready Abbotsford," Focuses on the Economic Transformation of a Midsize Agricultural Community The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) released “Investment-Ready Abbotsford: The Story of an Intelligent Community”on May 20, 2020. The new research report details a multi-year program developed by ICF and the leadership of Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada to deepen understanding of today’s economic development challenges and…

Ethical Smart Cities Initiative

By Rob Jowett, NRU Planning and Development Reporter A new initiative being created by graduate design students could help Canadian municipalities determine the best ways to advance smart city initiatives that focus on humancentric design. Thirteen students with the George Brown College Institute without Boundaries (IwB), an interdisciplinary design strategy program, have spent the past ten months studying the make-up…