Urban innovators are increasingly thinking of the city not just in terms of place, but as a platform. Throughout history, cities have been crucibles of innovation because of physical concentration of people, the independence of spirit, and the creative collision of different backgrounds.
Today, the connectivity revolution through which we are living offers new possibilities. Digital platforms are already changing the way we use our urban spaces: AirBnB for staying; Tinder for dating; Uber for moving.
The next wave of transformative change may come from seeing the whole city as an innovation platform. Dan Doctoroff, CEO of Sidewalk Labs, on a recent visit to the UK asked: “What would a city look like if you started from scratch in the internet era - if you built a city from the internet up?”
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