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Explainer: What is a national urban policy?

The overriding idea behind a national urban policy is to make sure that this urban lens figures prominently into the decision-making of any national government — on transportation, housing, trade, health and much more. But how does a country go about developing and implementing such a policy? Read this explainer to find out.

October 12, 2017 Visit Site
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The City as Platform: How Digital Networks are Changing Urban Life and Governance

This report shares findings from the Aspen Institute Communications + Society Program’s roundtable on the impact of networks and networking on cities from technological, economic, social, cultural and policy viewpoints. A major finding was that cities ought to think of themselves as platforms in an atmosphere of constant change, data production + sharing, and deep civic…

December 28, 2016 Download
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Local Governments and the Sharing Economy: A Roadmap

While Sharing has always been a part of city life – through public libraries and community spaces for example – the past few years have seen a significant revival and acceleration in sharing innovation, This roadmap from One Earth is designed to help local governments across North America strategically engage with the Sharing Economy to…

December 17, 2015 Visit Site
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C40 Cities: The decisions we make today will shape tomorrow

Did you know that one third of the world’s remaining safe carbon budget could be determined by urban policy decisions in the next five years? When it comes to climate change, cities matter. Read a 5-page pictorial report produced by C40 cities.

October 19, 2015 Visit Site
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CITIE

CITIES (City Initatives for Technology, Innovation and Entrepreneurship) supports city leaders to develop policy to catalyse innovation and entrepreneurship. It’s comprised of (1) a framework that sets out the policy levers city governments can use to support innovation and entrepreneurship, (2) an online diagnostic tool to allow cities to explore their performance and assess how they compare to their peers,…

July 2, 2015 Visit Site
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Policymaking for the Sharing Economy: Beyond Whack-A-Mole

Across the economy, informal and lightly-regulated marketplaces are emerging that directly connect individuals and small businesses. New technology platforms such as Uber, Airbnb and TaskRabbit are accelerating the advent of the “sharing economy” with rapid speed and massive scale. This report looks at the public policy questions raised by the sharing economy and makes recommendations…

April 29, 2015 Visit Site
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Tracking the Energy Revolution: Global Edition 2014

  Tracking the Energy Revolution is the first of a pair of annual graphic publications that will highlight where and how the shift to cleaner energy sources and electrified transportation is unfolding both inside Canada and around the world.  This, the first edition, focuses on the global policy and investment landscape. The second companion edition, which…

September 29, 2014 Download