Star Trek's formula for sustainable urban innovation

phys.org | 2/11/2019 | Staff
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On the long-running television series Star Trek, the characters were knowledge workers and did not seem to worry about food, lodging or acceptance. Theirs was an inclusive society, one that collaboratively practised sustainable innovation.

Although the crews on various ships were lost in space, Star Trek communities supported one another. Each built environment met its own needs and when they encountered societies on other worlds, those too practised inclusive and sustainable development.

Lesson - Approach - Goals - Intergovernmental - Panel

The lesson here is that we need to apply an inclusive approach if we are to meet critical goals. This includes addressing the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) 1.5-2℃ global warming targets, working towards the UN sustainable development goals and developing sustainable cities.

Traditional market functions are being challenged in several ways.

Thanks - Platforms - Sellers - Customers - Buyers

Thanks to affordable digital platforms, sellers can easily service global customers and buyers are not constrained by physical marketplaces. Individuals can take greater control over their health, their wealth and their work (telecommuting and the gig economy).

Let's also remember that corporations live shorter lives —down from an average of more than 50 years to as little as 10 years, so making large investments to attract large companies could be risky if the payback is long. It could be a political win but a questionable economic benefit.

Markets - Economies - Trends - Auto - Sector

Markets are either maturing in developed economies, evidenced by trends including the declining auto sector in China, or they are shifting due to technological change, such as the increase in online shopping. There has been a gradual shift in economic power, movements of jobs to new regions and new innovations such as artificial intelligence and robotics.

These changes affect everybody. They are not cyclical problems associated with one sector or in one region. They require new thinking and action.

Cities - Agenda - Investment - Growth - Innovation

Cities can help lead a joint agenda for public and private investment in inclusive growth and innovation...
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