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Our City Tomorrow - Smart Capital

March 2019

Hosted by Wellington City Council Mayor Justin Lester, Tim Packer presented at the first of three events in the Smart Capital Speaker Series: "Our City Tomorrow - Smart Capital".

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Our city tomorrow - the conundrum

People are always on the move. But now there’s more of us and many are heading towards cities. Today over 55% of us live in cities and by 2050 that will increase to 68%. That's over 6.4 billion people living in cities. Right now that equates to an urban migration of over 1.5 million people every week.

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Why aren’t we all living in smart cities?

October 2018

This article appeared in the October 2018 issue of the ALGIM (Association of Local Government Information Management) quarterly newsletter.

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Our world is changing at an exponential rate, and the population of our cities is rising so quickly that traditional city and social planning isn’t sufficiently predictive, responsive and cost-effective.

The resulting growing social inequality, strained services and infrastructure, and decline in our natural capital are threatening our communities’ ability to thrive.

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