Moscow may be the most intelligent city in the world
Москва вошла в топ-7 самых умных городов мира по версии Intelligent Community Forum (Форум интеллектуально сообщества). ICF — американская некоммерческая организация, которая «изучает экономическое и социальное развитие мировых сообществ XXI века». Главной задачей форума стал поиск и выявление городов, в которых жизнь граждан, благодаря уровню развития технологий, оказывается более благоприятной и комфортной. В 2002 году основатели ICF получили грант от правительства Канады, произвели исследование шести городов, стараясь понять, какие технологии позволяют одним городам развиваться лучше, чем другим, и как эти факторы можно использовать для улучшения жизни граждан. В том же году была учреждена премия Intelligent Community of the Year — «Самый умный город мира».
Moscow joined the top 7 most intelligent cities in the world version of Intelligent Community Forum (Forum intellectual community). The ICF - US non-profit organization , which "examines the economic and social development of the world community XXI century". The main objective of the forum was the search and identification of cities, in which the lives of citizens, thanks to the level of technology development, is more supportive and comfortable. In 2002 the founders of the ICF have received a grant from the Government of Canada, made a study of six cities, trying to understand which technologies allow one city to develop better than others, and how these factors can be used to improve the lives of citizens. In that same year the award Intelligent Community of was established by the Year «The most intelligent city in the world." -Read more
The King’s Commissioner and the Learning Machine
Ideas come from amazing places.
Last week, I attended ICF’s first European event, The Rural Summit, in Eindhoven, Netherlands. It was produced in association with the Huis van de Brabantse Kempen. That is an association of local Dutch governments in the rural region of the Kempen, which sprawls across southern Holland into Belgium.Read more
How Can You Miss It If It’s Never Been Gone?
There is a small ray of light in this dark American election season. The Presidential contenders actually agree on something: the need to bring back manufacturing in America. To quote from an editorial by Binyamin Applebaum:
Trump’s keynote proposal is to encourage domestic production by taxing imports — an idea more likely to cause a recession than a manufacturing revival. Clinton is promising to basically extend the efforts of the Obama administration, which said it would create a million factory jobs. With just a few months left, the president is still more than 600,000 jobs short.Read more
Big Data For the People - Robert Bell on Bloomberg Advantage
Big Data is big business. But what difference does it really make in the cities, suburbs and towns where we make our homes? Does the Big Data future belong entirely to the big tech companies like Google and Facebook? Or are there benefits that matter to the rest of us in the place called home? Robert Bell is a co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum and co-author of Brain Gain: How Innovative Cities Create Job Growth in an Age of Disruption and he joins Carol Maresca and Corey Johnson to talk about it.Read more
Intelligent Community Forum Releases Internet of Cities Special Report
“Internet of Cities” the theme of the New York think-tank’s annual Global Awards Program
(4 October 2016 – New York City) – The Intelligent Community Forum today released a special report, The Internet of Cities, which is the group’s thinking on the current evolution of the Intelligent Community movement and will be the theme of the 2017 Intelligent Community Awards program. http://www.intelligentcommunity.org/internet_of_cities
Does a Robot Want Your Job?
Is Robby the Robot casting a covetous eye on your job? Or on the jobs of your friends, colleagues, citizens and taxpayers? A 2013 study by an Oxford University researcher forecast that as many as 47% of jobs in the United States were at risk of being automated out of existence in the future. These are jobs with a lot of routine work in them that do not, on the other hand, require the soft skills of interaction with human beings.Read more
The Destruction of the “Truth”
“Everyone is entitled to his own opinion,” wrote that American political leader and man of letters Daniel Patrick Moynihan, “but not to his own facts.”
I am concerned - and you probably are as well - about the rising political polarization of our time. Whether it is the candidacy of Donald Trump, with its “the truth is whatever I say today” style, or the increasing appeal of right-wing, anti-immigrant, anti-compassion parties to the electorates of Europe. Each side has its truths and seems willing to stick to them, regardless of the inconvenient intrusions of reality.Read more
How the Intelligent Community Movement Began
Ever wonder how an idea is started and how it might lead to something much bigger than you ever thought it could? The birth of the Intelligent Community Forum started through a new idea generated in the 1980’s and early 1990’s through participation in two organizations, the World Trade Centers Association, focused on global trade, and the World Teleport Association, focused on global telecommunications to link opportunities for global trade, international sports and entertainment events and communications.Read more
Robert Bell is co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, where he heads its research, analysis and content development activities. He directs the multi-stage analysis of communities for the annual Intelligent Community Awards program and authors the in-depth profiles of the Smart21 and Top7 Intelligent Communities that are core to ICF's mission.
Serving as the content lead for ICF's annual Summit in New York City, Robert is the author of ICF's founding study, Benchmarking the Intelligent Community. He has contributed articles to The Municipal Journal of Telecommunications Policy, IEDC Journal, Telecommunications, Asia-Pacific Satellite and Asian Communications; and has appeared in segments of ABC World News and The Discovery Channel. A frequent keynote speaker and moderator at municipal and telecom industry events, he has also led economic development missions and study tours to cities in Asia and the US.
Follow Robert on Twitter @rbellicf.
Robert developed and leads the Community Accelerator program, which provides cities and regions with a set of development tools to improve competitiveness, deepen social inclusion and enhance their to adapt in today's fast-moving Broadband Economy. He leads the Intelligent Community Master Class as part of this program, as well as ICF's advisory services for communities.
Robert is the lead author of the ICF books Brain Gain, Broadband Economies: Creating the Community of the 21st Century and Seizing Our Destiny. He is also the lead author of ICF’s series of white papers on Intelligent Community themes and topics.
- "Robert Bell and the Intelligent Community Forum have become a key partner in our Digital Initiative in Walla Walla. Robert presented his “Community Accelerator” Master Class. It was a powerful program for our community. His presentation gave a diverse audience a view of our potential future and helped get everyone on the same page. Robert is a gifted speaker and blends a great combination of relevant information, humor and gravitas. We already have him booked to rejoin the Walla Walla community in our ongoing discussion and quest as an Intelligent Community. Robert rocks!" - David Woolson, President & CEO, Walla Walla Valley Chamber of Commerce
- "Robert Bell was a keynote speaker for the kickoff of a new speakers series for our community. In our efforts to position Waterfront Toronto as a thought leader in this area of our revitalization efforts, having you attend and speak as one of the founders of the Intelligent Community Forum lends a great deal of gravitas to our efforts." - John Campbell, President & CEO, Waterfront Toronto
- "Parkland County has had the great pleasure of working with Robert Bell on our SMART PARKLAND Intelligent Community Project and he has assisted us through the ICF Accelerator Program by mentoring and serving as a keynote presenter at numerous events. As a presenter, Robert is unsurpassed. He has the knowledge, perspective, intuition and communication skills to effectively motivate audiences ranging from ICT industry reps, to municipal councillors, distance learning education providers, Internet Service Providers, small business people, seniors and youth. Robert has a positive 'can do' attitude that translates into successful presentations and relationship building." - Al McCully, Smart Parkland Project Consultant, Parkland County
Hear Robert Speak
Celebrating the Durham Region
Keynote address outlining why the Regional Municipality of Durham, Ontario was named a Top7 Intelligent Community in 2022. November 29, 2022
ICF Accelerator Webinars
For communities in the Arrowhead Region of northern Minnesota in the Blandin Community Broadband Program, February 16-March 9, 2021
From Connectivity to Community
Webinar for communities participating in the Illinois Broadband Grant Program, December 17, 2020
What's the Cost to a Community of Not Having Broadband?
Bloomberg Advantage with Carol Massar, September 20, 2020
Moving Beyond Resilience
The Innovator's Journey podcast, Alliance for Innovation, July 2020
From Smart to Intelligent: an ICF Master Class
National Economic Development Council Conference 2019, Adelaide, Australia, October 23-24, 2019
Why Small-to-Midsize Cities are the Next Investment Opportunity
Bloomberg Advantage with Carol Massar, February 21, 2019 .
Accelerator Workshop for Intelligent Community Developers
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada, August 15, 2018
What Makes a Community Intelligent?
Top7 Site Visit, Hamilton, ON, Canada, April 5, 2018
Invest a Dime, Get Back a Loonie
Keynote at Columbia Basin Trust Symposium 2017, Kimberly, BC, Canada, October 14, 2017
Creating Rural Community Networks
The Rural Summit, Eindhoven, Netherlands, February 23, 2017
Creating Community Intelligence
Master Class, York Region, Newmarket, Ontario, Canada, January 18, 2017
Community Intelligence: The Answer to Revolutionary Times
York Region Broadband & Innovation Summit, Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada, October 27, 2016
How Community Intelligence Builds Inclusive Prosperity
Metropolitan Information Exchange Annual Exchange, Palm Springs, California, USA, October 25, 2016
Community Intelligence and Economic Success
Les Affaires Smart City Conference, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, October 20, 2016
Big Data for the People
Bloomberg Advantage, Bloomberg Radio, October 16, 2016
Intelligent Communities: Why They Matter to Business
Keynote Discussion, CEO Mid-Market Connection Conference, Philadelphia, PA, September 19, 2016
Why Intelligent Communities Build Better Businesses and Stronger Economies
Keynote Address, Desjardins Lab, Montreal, Quebec, Canada, April 21, 2016
The Broadband Economy of Riverside County
Accelerator Keynote for Riverside County Leadership Retreat, Palm Springs, California, October 13, 2015
"The Revolutionary Community"
Accelerator Master Class, ICF Summit, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, June 10, 2015
"The Rural Broadband Economy: From Local to Global"
Accelerator Master Class, Oulu, Finland, May 5-6, 2015
"The Broadband Economy of Muskoka"
Accelerator Master Class, Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, April 30, 2015
"From Smart to Intelligent"
Keynote, Surrey, British Columbia, Canada, April 9, 2015
"The Broadband Network Ate My Plan!"
Keynote, Gala Dinner, University of Waterloo Planning Alumni of Toronto, November 13, 2014
"The Broadband Economy of the County of Grey"
Accelerator Master Class, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, November 6-7, 2014
"Building Lethbridge for the Next Generation"
Accelerator Keynote, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, October 14, 2014
"The Broadband Economy of Wanganui"
Accelerator Keynote and Master Class, Wanganui, New Zealand, July 23-24, 2014
"Broadband and the Future of Butte Silver Bow"
Accelerator Master Class, Butte, Montana, USA, July 1, 2014
"The Rural Imperative and the County of Grey"
Accelerator Keynote, Owen Sound, Ontario, Canada, June 26, 2014
"Why Big, Big Cities Should Start Looking Over Their Big, Big Shoulders"
Keynote speech, Walla Walla Business Summit, Walla Walla, Washington USA, April 11, 2014
"Reinventing Hsinchu City for the Digital Age"
Keynote presentation, Top7 Site Visit, Hsinchu City, Taiwan, March 25, 2014
"Reinventing New Taipei City for the Digital Age"
Keynote presentation, Top7 Site Visit, New Taipei City, Taiwan, March 21, 2014
"Building an Intelligent Community to Create Ontario's 21st Century Advantage"
Keynote presentation, New Blue Edge Inaugural Speaker Series, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 7, 2014
"Broadband and the Future of Rural Canada"
Master Class, Parkland County, Alberta, Canada, December 7, 2013
"Making Broadband Pay Off for Walla Walla"
Master Class, Walla Walla, Washington, USA, October 30, 2013
"Making Broadband Pay Off for Rural Louisiana"
Master Classes, Natchitoches, Louisiana, September 26; Lafayette, Louisiana, October 11, 2013
"Columbus: an Intelligent Community"
Keynote presentation, Top7 Reception, Columbus, Ohio, USA, April 2, 2013
"The New Rules of Community Success"
Keynote presentation, Acheson Business Association Spring Breakfast, Parkland County, Alberta, Canada, May 15, 2013
Bloomberg Advantage: Bell on Future Shock
(Bloomberg) -- The Bloomberg Advantage with Carol Massar and Cory Johnson.
Robert Bell Founder Intelligent Community Forum Discussing how much of the chaos we are seeing in our cities, in our country and the world is “future shock", the explosive pace of technology advances that may be interconnecting us more than we can handle.Read more