Which city in the world offers the best quality of living? According to the 2014 Mercer Quality of Living Survey, it’s Vienna, Austria, closely followed by Zurich, in Switzerland, Auckland, New Zealand, Munich in Germany, and Vancouver in Canada. Why does quality of living matter? Mercer’s annual Quality of Living survey is designed to help
Cities are a vital part of the world’s infrastructure. Generating growth and prosperity, but also brewing social inequalities, cities are a part of both the problem and the solution. And cities are rising to those challenges in a way that shows how flexible and resilient local government can be. The Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors’ Challenge is
We’ve written before about the impact on the public sector of the fact that consumers are getting more demanding. We are all more used to being able to research online before buying, engage with our favourite brands and build relationships, and communicate instantly, and this affects how we approach public services, from cities through healthcare to
More than 50% of the world’s population now lives in cities. And to accommodate their growing populations, cities are growing ever larger. But with increasing pressure on budgets, funds for city administration is not growing alongside the population. This means cities need to get smarter in order to meet the needs of their populations. And
As part of Global Transparency Week, the Open Data Institute (ODI) held its first annual summit at the end of October 2013. We’ve written previously about the way in which cities are starting to work with open data, so it was interesting to see this initiative on a more global scale. What is the Open Data
We’ve discussed some of the challenges of central government in terms of ICT, for example, how cloud is changing the mechanics of government. Another article mentioned the view of Peter Madden, chief executive of Future Cities Catapult, that cities do not necessarily have the staff with the skills to use the data that they collect.