The future of the high street

Like many around the world,  my local high street is apparently in trouble. A pub has just closed. A well-known café has gone out of business. There are vacant shops.  We know retail is under threat. My high street needs a burst of community spirit and creativity to make us care again about our local … Continue reading The future of the high street

What can ‘secondary cities’ learn from the Amazon ‘beauty contest’?

When Amazon announced that it was inviting cities to bid for its second headquarters (HQ2) in the US it released criteria to guide city bids. Amazon’s criteria included being a city/metro area of more than 1 million people, with a stable business environment, attractive to technical talent, excellent universities, near an international airport, with direct … Continue reading What can ‘secondary cities’ learn from the Amazon ‘beauty contest’?

The Creative Bureaucracy Festival, Berlin, 2018

When you mention the term ‘creative bureaucracy’ people laugh and say ‘isn’t that an oxymoron?’. But Sebastian Turner, publisher of Tagesspiegel, Berlin’s leading daily paper, found the term ‘creative bureaucracy’ inspiring when he first heard it from Charles Landry. It crystallised something he’d been thinking about. Why did his paper ‘listen’ to everyone except government … Continue reading The Creative Bureaucracy Festival, Berlin, 2018

Predictions for the City of the Future

By Correy Faccini for Innovate UK  Innovate UK is the UK's innovation agency. It works with people, companies and partner organisations to find & drive the science & technology innovations that will grow the UK economy. I am happy to host a guest post on Cities of the Future for Innovate UK. Please check out the Innovate UK Future Cities … Continue reading Predictions for the City of the Future

Why SA is the place for the bike economy

Last year I did a report for the Department of State Development on the SA Bike Economy. The report was released last week. The Government has announced that  a bike economy summit will be held later in the year. A link to the report is at the end of this post.  Like many cities Adelaide … Continue reading Why SA is the place for the bike economy

Future Cities: Eliminating Crunch Points

‘Crunch points’ are interruptions to flow. They make us stop short of our goal. It’s the whirling colour wheel on your MacBook. The train that stops short of a destination. Complicated arrangements for tickets. Machines that don’t accept your cash or card. It’s being put on hold. Needing to change terminals. Waiting to cross the … Continue reading Future Cities: Eliminating Crunch Points

Where has the love (for government) gone?

In the USA and beyond, 8 November, 2016, may go down in history as the turning point for a new era.   The urge to try and make sense of it all will inevitably lead to thousands of articles, books, and theses and so on for decades to come. Everything is topsy-turvy. In the same week … Continue reading Where has the love (for government) gone?

Apple Stores and Amazon Books- is ‘on-line’ moving to the city?

  In the film ‘You’ve Got Mail’, Kathleen Kelly (Meg Ryan) runs a children’s bookshop in Manhattan. Joe Fox (Tom Hanks) opens his Fox Books superstore just around the corner. It’s the mid 1990’s and the internet is fresh. The characters meet in an on-line chat room and fall in love, whilst unknowingly battling each … Continue reading Apple Stores and Amazon Books- is ‘on-line’ moving to the city?

Dear 2015 – In 2050 every city solves problems for the world (Adelaide chose active ageing)

This is a response to the Meeting of the Minds group blogging event, October 6, 2015. It was revised slightly on October 7, 2015. The year is 2050. Write a letter to the people of 2015 describing what your city is like, and give them advice on the next 35 years. Dear Adelaide Things are … Continue reading Dear 2015 – In 2050 every city solves problems for the world (Adelaide chose active ageing)