Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions 2

An introduction to innovators and initiatives at the bleeding edge of urban sustainability and connected technology.
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  • Length 2 hours
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Published 3/2016 English

Course Description

Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions

Course 2: Urban Social Equity

This course is a second introduction to various innovators and initiatives at the bleeding edge of urban sustainability and connected technology. It is a look at the challenges and practical responses related to urban sustainability through the theme of urban social equity. For those interested, a separate course in this series focuses on real world examples within two other key urban innovation themes: smart cities and transportation.

Course material is based on case studies, seminars, and conference sessions from the Meeting of the Minds international network and annual summit. Lectures are presented by topic experts; presentation slides and other helpful resources are included where applicable.

Optional multiple choice quiz questions follow the lectures for those students wishing to test their new knowledge or obtain a course completion certificate. No commitment is required to do the entire course. Students can proceed at their own pace and may view as many - or as few - of the lectures as they choose.

"Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions – Part 2" was created by Christina Olsen for Meeting of the Minds.


What are the requirements?

  • No prior knowledge or preparation is necessary to start this course.
  • Lectures range from 5-20 minutes in length. It is ideal to set aside enough time to watch at least one full lecture at a time.
  • Please bring your sense of curiosity!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify some key themes in urban innovation and sustainability
  • Understand the complexities of urban innovation and sustainability challenges
  • Know several real world examples of urban innovation and social equity

What is the target audience?

  • General interest learners new to urban sustainability and innovation
  • Existing urban sustainability and technology practitioners
  • Other urban and technology professionals who have not yet applied innovation or technological solutions to city sustainability challenges
  • Those wanting to learn specifically about challenges and opportunities related to innovation and social equity

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Curriculum

Section 1: Welcome to the course!
02:22

Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions

Course 2: Urban Social Equity

This course is an introduction to various innovators and initiatives
at the bleeding edge of urban sustainability and connected technology.
It is a look at the challenges and practical responses related to 
sustainability through the theme of urban social equity. For
those interested, a separate course in this series focuses on real world
examples within two other key urban innovation themes: smart cities and
transportation. The course has been created by Christina Olsen for Meeting of the Minds, a global knowledge sharing platform on urban sustainability and technology. 

Course material is based on case studies, seminars, and conference
sessions from the Meeting of the Minds international network and annual
summit. Lectures are presented by topic experts who were speakers at the
Meeting of the Minds conferences. Some longer lectures have been split
into multiple parts and should be viewed in their order listed.
Presentation slides and other helpful resources are included with
lectures where applicable.

To enhance learning, several short optional multiple choice quiz
questions follow each lecture (or at the end of each multiple-part
lecture). A course completion certificate is available to anyone who
completes the entire course by viewing all lectures and completing all
quizzes.

Students who only want to focus on certain themes or lectures are
most welcome to do only that. No commitment is required to do the entire
course. The target audience is simply anyone interested in learning more about urban innovation and sustainability. The information is provided here for you so please feel free toview as many - or as few - lectures as you like. Proceed at your own pace and come back to the course whenever you like.

To start the first lecture, please move to Section 2 ... have fun!


Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions course series

Course 1: Smart Cities & Transportation: www.udemy.com/urban-innovation

Course 2: Urban Social Equity: www.udemy.com/urban-innovation-2


Section 2: Urban Social Equity
18:08

(part 1 of 4)

As we add some two billion new residents to cities over the next generation, all nations are confronting the challenge of keeping
old development models from delaying the transition to modernity. How can we deliver on the promise of cities to promote social advancement? Can cities be prosperous and competitive if increasing proportions of inhabitants are locked into informal settlement, informal employment, and persistent poverty? While some worry about rapid urbanization, the growth of cities is an opportunity to extend economic possibilities, enable access to jobs, gain social inclusion and protect the environment. This session covers how we work together
to make our cities more just and prosperous - by building pathways from poverty and exclusion to the economic mainstream, connecting urban populations to all of the opportunities for advancement, and offering new cities ways to deploy all productive resources. Just cities are a key to a more sustainable future of the planet and to pathway to better lives for hundreds of millions of people.

Speakers in this lecture session discuss ways that collaboration across sectors (civic, private, and public) is making cities more just, prosperous, equitable and sustainable. Civic leaders, urban designers and entrepreneurs will explore how fairness, opportunity and equity can serve as the defining features of a new era of urbanization. The dialogue will look at real-world examples and the ability of new advances in technology, creative design,
and practice can transform cities into safe, equitable and prosperous communities.

  • Moderator: George McCarthy, Director, Metropolitan Opportunity Program, The Ford Foundation
  • Speaker: Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of SamaSource
  • Speaker: Mikel Maron, Founder of Map Kibera
  • Speaker: Victor d’Allant, Dallant Networks, Leading Networks for Global Impact
  • Speaker: Tim Campbell, Chairman, Urban Age Institute; Author; Consultant; former Head of Urban Programs, World Bank Institute

“The Just City” was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

The Just City Quiz (part 1)
4 questions
15:50

(part 2 of 4)

As we add some two billion new residents to cities over the next generation, all nations are confronting the challenge of keeping
old development models from delaying the transition to modernity. How can we deliver on the promise of cities to promote social advancement? Can cities be prosperous and competitive if increasing proportions of inhabitants are locked into informal settlement, informal employment, and persistent poverty? While some worry about rapid urbanization, the growth of cities is an opportunity to extend economic possibilities, enable access to jobs, gain social inclusion and protect the environment. This session covers how we work together
to make our cities more just and prosperous - by building pathways from poverty and exclusion to the economic mainstream, connecting urban populations to all of the opportunities for advancement, and offering new cities ways to deploy all productive resources. Just cities are a key to a more sustainable future of the planet and to pathway to better lives for hundreds of millions of people.

Speakers in this lecture session discuss ways that collaboration across sectors (civic, private, and public) is making cities more just, prosperous, equitable and sustainable. Civic leaders, urban designers and entrepreneurs will explore how fairness, opportunity and equity can serve as the defining features of a new era of urbanization. The dialogue will look at real-world examples and the ability of new advances in technology, creative design,
and practice can transform cities into safe, equitable and prosperous communities.

  • Moderator: George McCarthy, Director, Metropolitan Opportunity Program, The Ford Foundation
  • Speaker: Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of SamaSource
  • Speaker: Mikel Maron, Founder of Map Kibera
  • Speaker: Victor d’Allant, Dallant Networks, Leading Networks for Global Impact
  • Speaker: Tim Campbell, Chairman, Urban Age Institute; Author; Consultant; former Head of Urban Programs, World Bank Institute

“The Just City” was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

The Just City Quiz (part 2)
3 questions
16:56

(part 3 of 4)

As we add some two billion new residents to cities over the next generation, all nations are confronting the challenge of keeping
old development models from delaying the transition to modernity. How can we deliver on the promise of cities to promote social advancement? Can cities be prosperous and competitive if increasing proportions of inhabitants are locked into informal settlement, informal employment, and persistent poverty? While some worry about rapid urbanization, the growth of cities is an opportunity to extend economic possibilities, enable access to jobs, gain social inclusion and protect the environment. This session covers how we work together
to make our cities more just and prosperous - by building pathways from poverty and exclusion to the economic mainstream, connecting urban populations to all of the opportunities for advancement, and offering new cities ways to deploy all productive resources. Just cities are a key to a more sustainable future of the planet and to pathway to better lives for hundreds of millions of people.

Speakers in this lecture session discuss ways that collaboration across sectors (civic, private, and public) is making cities more just, prosperous, equitable and sustainable. Civic leaders, urban designers and entrepreneurs will explore how fairness, opportunity and equity can serve as the defining features of a new era of urbanization. The dialogue will look at real-world examples and the ability of new advances in technology, creative design,
and practice can transform cities into safe, equitable and prosperous communities.

  • Moderator: George McCarthy, Director, Metropolitan Opportunity Program, The Ford Foundation
  • Speaker: Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of SamaSource
  • Speaker: Mikel Maron, Founder of Map Kibera
  • Speaker: Victor d’Allant, Dallant Networks, Leading Networks for Global Impact
  • Speaker: Tim Campbell, Chairman, Urban Age Institute; Author; Consultant; former Head of Urban Programs, World Bank Institute

“The Just City” was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

The Just City Quiz (part 3)
3 questions
18:18

(part 4 of 4)

As we add some two billion new residents to cities over the next generation, all nations are confronting the challenge of keeping
old development models from delaying the transition to modernity. How can we deliver on the promise of cities to promote social advancement? Can cities be prosperous and competitive if increasing proportions of inhabitants are locked into informal settlement, informal employment, and persistent poverty? While some worry about rapid urbanization, the growth of cities is an opportunity to extend economic possibilities, enable access to jobs, gain social inclusion and protect the environment. This session covers how we work together
to make our cities more just and prosperous - by building pathways from poverty and exclusion to the economic mainstream, connecting urban populations to all of the opportunities for advancement, and offering new cities ways to deploy all productive resources. Just cities are a key to a more sustainable future of the planet and to pathway to better lives for hundreds of millions of people.

Speakers in this lecture session discuss ways that collaboration across sectors (civic, private, and public) is making cities more just, prosperous, equitable and sustainable. Civic leaders, urban designers and entrepreneurs will explore how fairness, opportunity and equity can serve as the defining features of a new era of urbanization. The dialogue will look at real-world examples and the ability of new advances in technology, creative design,
and practice can transform cities into safe, equitable and prosperous communities.

  • Moderator: George McCarthy, Director, Metropolitan Opportunity Program, The Ford Foundation
  • Speaker: Leila Janah, Founder and CEO of SamaSource
  • Speaker: Mikel Maron, Founder of Map Kibera
  • Speaker: Victor d’Allant, Dallant Networks, Leading Networks for Global Impact
  • Speaker: Tim Campbell, Chairman, Urban Age Institute; Author; Consultant; former Head of Urban Programs, World Bank Institute

“The Just City” was recorded at the 2012 Meeting of the Minds conference in San Francisco.

16:26

Large-scale urban redevelopment in the largest South American economy is
being driven by massive socio-economic forces, not least of which is
the World Cup and Olympics. Many of these projects — in urban housing
and transport (roads, rails, airports, BRT) — are displacing residents
and affecting other fundamental rights. Deep impacts are being felt in
the very neighborhoods where people live their lives. What is the
government’s strategy, and how is it playing out in the real world,
through both private and public investments? Who is the redevelopment
process serving? What will the long-term impacts be? Many projects are
hotly contested and have spurred a surge in bottom-up participatory
planning, and that in turn is starting to make itself felt in national
policies and in municipal government. Simultaneously,
grassroots-oriented media outlets are telling the stories in ways that
challenge mainstream media narratives. In this session you’ll hear about
the latest developments from one of the most prominent sponsors of
change-oriented organizations working to shift the debate about Brazil’s
urban futures.

  • Speaker: Leticia Osorio, Human Rights Programme Officer, The Ford Foundation, Brazil

"Brazil's Cities" was recorded at the 2015 Meeting of the Minds conference in Richmond, CA.

Brazil's Cities Quiz
6 questions
15:24

South Africa’s deteriorating housing stock is putting pressure on the nation’s growing cities, many of which have started programs to move residents into emergency housing alternatives. The challenge is enormous. The Ford Foundation is working with partners in Johannesburg and Cape Town to develop out-of-the-box solutions based on new policies that promote collaboration with government and private developers who take over substandard buildings. Cities have also been busy developing town planning policies that aim to respond to apartheid’s spatial legacy. Is it working? What methods are being used to break through hurdles?

  • Speaker: Nicolette Naylor: Senior Program Officer, Human Rights and Governance, Ford Foundation, Office for South Africa

This video session was recorded at the 2014 Meeting of the Minds conference in Detroit.

Mandela’s Unfinished Business Quiz
4 questions
15:38

Greening any economy means more than just shifting auto traffic to cleaner fuels, reducing Vehicle Miles Traveled, or making buildings more energy efficient — however worthy those goals might be. It means re-inventing commerce as we know it, pivoting from a consumption model to something more sustainable. But exactly what is that something? Can we find hints from some of the early successes resulting from some scattered US initiatives? Where? Who? And how applicable are those results to other global regions?

  • Speaker: Jared Blumenfeld - Administrator for US Environmental Protection Agency’s Pacific Southwest Region (Region 9)

“A Green-Growth Perspective from the USA” was recorded at the 2013 Meeting of the Minds conference in Toronto.

A Green-Growth Perspective Quiz
5 questions
Section 3: The Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions course series
02:15

This course has been a look at the challenges and practical responses related to urban sustainability through the theme of urban social equity. For those
interested, a separate course in this series focuses on real world examples within two other key urban innovation themes: smart cities and transportation. 

Urban Innovation: Sustainability and Technology Solutions course series

Course 1: Smart Cities & Transportation: www.udemy.com/urban-innovation

Course 2: Urban Social Equity: www.udemy.com/urban-innovation-2


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Instructor Biography

Meeting of the Minds, Global knowledge sharing platform on urban innovation

Meeting of the Minds is a global knowledge sharing platform based in San Francisco, CA.

Since it was founded, Meeting of the Minds has been dedicated to a singular proposition: bring together a carefully chosen set of key urban sustainability and technology stakeholders and gather them around a common platform in ways that help build lasting alliances. We believe that such a platform is a vital ingredient for smart, sustainable and equitable urban (re)development strategies.

Meeting of the Minds focuses on the innovators and initiatives at the bleeding edge of urban sustainability and connected technology. Through our blog, magazine, webinars, monthly meetups, workshops, roundtables, and an annual summit held each fall, we invite international leaders from the public, private, non-profit, academic and philanthropic sectors to identify innovations that can be scaled, replicated and transferred from city-to-city and across sectors.

Among the thousands of international leaders who participate in the Meeting of the Minds network are innovators scaling-up practical urban solutions in infrastructure, policy, design, equity, technology, energy, mobility, water, finance, and more.

Now in its 9th year, our annual summit brings together 400+ opinion-shapers, policy-makers, leading thinkers and innovators from all over the world for 2+ days of intensive immersion in thought leadership and cross-sector development.

Meeting of the Minds is an initiative of Urban Age Institute, a 501(c)3 non-profit.

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