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As the UN forecasts a 75-million-person global job gap, Intelligent Community Forum cites “Brain Gain” approach in new book
Monday, June 23, 2014

Authored by the co-founders of ICF – Robert Bell, John G. Jung and Louis A. Zacharilla – Brain Gain offers advice to community leaders at all levels on how cities and regions can build economic prosperity while meeting social challenges in an age of fast-paced technological disruption. Brain Gain offers the authors’ latest insights from more than a decade of research into the most Intelligent Communities on the planet.

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BRAIN GAIN : Comment les communautés intelligentes nourrissent le futur
Friday, July 18, 2014
Montréal, Canada - The TechnoMontréal organization writes in a review of the book, Brain   read full article >>
Smart Cities in North Africa: A localized debate about a Global Trend
Thursday, July 17, 2014
Chicago, USA - World Bank blogger Mehrunisa Qayyum writes a “smart city” requires more than   read full article >>
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Sunderland, UK (2007)
Monday, January 1, 2007

In the 1980s, this former shipbuilding and mining center on the North Sea, which at one time launched more ships than any other port in Europe, had a peak unemployment rate of 22%.  As the last shipyard closed in 1988 and the last coal mine followed in 1994, Sunderland fell into the bottom 10% of Britain's "depressed districts."  Sunderland's government responded in a way that would become a much-copied strategy for success.  In 1991, it organized a volunteer group called the Sunderland Partnership, which developed a vision for a new economy based on what Europeans called "telematics" - the union of telecommunications and computers. 

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