The Potential of the Smart City Concept: a Look into Al Masdar City, UAE

Not too long ago, Hollywood predicted that by the turn of the century we would by living in a futuristic utopia with flying cars and cities powered exclusively by smart and clean technology. Could a new city in the United Arab Emirates come close to this vision?

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Peer Exchange Connects St. Louis and Cleveland on Role of Anchor Districts

From August 25-26, 2014, Cleveland’s University Circle, Inc. traveled to St. Louis for a peer exchange on anchor institution engagement.

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A Cosmopolitan Brussels

Though the heart of the European Union (and also a food scene that prides itself on waffles, frites, chocolate, and beer), Brussels is actually a far more complex city that its culinary or political labels might suggest.

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Fresno’s Anchor Engagement Strategy Comes to Life in Cleveland

On August 21 and 22, members of the Fresno Presidents’ Council traveled to Cleveland to see firsthand the components of a successful anchor engagement strategy.

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Surge Pricing and Other Problems – Uber vs. Taxi, Part IV

One oft-cited concern about ride-sharing apps is their use of surge pricing, which allows drivers to substantially increase user prices.

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Deregulation Efforts Overseas – Uber vs. Taxi, Part III

Have there been any differences with the deregulation experience between the United States and European countries?

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Philanthropic Engagement in Memphis, TN: the VISTA Perspective

How can Memphis’ VISTAs better engage with the local and national philanthropic community?

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Changing the Narrative is Key Lesson of Chester-DC Peer Exchange

The Chester Cultural Corridor is a new innovative vision that integrates design, economic development, civic engagement and the arts to bring residents and visitors together. What can the leaders of this vision learn from the creative economy efforts of Washington, DC?

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The Space Between: Ruin Pubs in the Hungarian Capital

In a city that takes it transportation seriously, where the escalator moves so fast that novices might consider wearing a helmet, I can’t say I was surprised to learn that vacant buildings and lots were being used in creative and innovative ways. Efficiency seems to be the name of the game in Budapest.

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Philanthropic Engagement in Memphis, TN

Last month, Memphis-area leaders from local foundations, city government, non-profit organizations, and private sector companies were joined by national experts for peer-to-peer learning, sharing and strategizing during the Philanthropic Engagement Network Peer Exchange.

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Public-Private Partnerships for Innovation, Education, and Creativity: A Case Study of the RDM Campus

On July 18, the Urban and Regional Policy Program of the German Marshall Fund of the United States hosted Gabrielle Muris, director at the RDM (Research, Design, Manufacturing) Campus, in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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The Transformational Impact of Community Centered Design

In a series of interactive workshops and discussions held throughout the SC2 National Network Workshop, Context Partners walked the fellows and their delegations through the firm’s Community Centered Design (CCD) process, which offers implementable methods they can use to directly impact the community driven work they do.

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