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  • Jul 13 2011: Adam, co-discussion colleagues,

    Part of the answer to ensuring ,energy wise cities, might be having a critical number of interwoven institutions, in which cities citizens network with each other and get influenced on what they will do for and with their cities. A simple example could be instituting Facebook/Google plus kind of ,city circles, to exchange ideas on wisening your city.

    If the sufficientnnumber of cities people have the right mental frame, they will decide earlier and more wisely on future city design, from their area of expertise.

    The idea that having interwoven institutions is critical for economic success is not new. I recommend reading John Kays ,Culture and Prosperity: The Truth About Markets - Why Some Nations Are Rich but Most Remain Poor,.
    • Jul 13 2011: Erik,

      This resonates very strongly with some of our research findings in the cities space. As the briefing note showed, much of the growth in population will come from cities in developing economies, including smaller cities -- these cities face an interesting conundrum in that they are the prime place to ensure that good urban design is put in place (esp. given technology lock-in effects), whilst at the same time often being the least able to afford it.

      Shared institutions around urban design, for different city types could be a major difference maker
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      Jul 14 2011: Erik. I think you hit on a key point here... It's interesting the extent to which we assume that social networking predominantly serves to narrow the distance between ourselves and our network. Actually the way in which sites like Facebook and Twitter reinforce the relationships and associations that we forge in the real world and help facilitate those interactions might be underplayed.

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