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UN Should Make Cities the Focus of Its Sustainable Development Goals – Francis Pisani

“I personally believe it is critical that the UN make cities a centerpiece of its new sustainable development goals. The reason is simple: It is cities, not nations, that are the fundamental economic, political, and social organizing units of our time. Effective city-building—which includes building new cities and revitalizing older ones—is the grandest of the […]

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Memo for Los Angeles…and other cities – Francis Pisani

I recently went on a trip to several Asian cities (Songdo, Seoul, Singapore, Hyderabad) as part of a class at the University of Southern California taught with professor François Bar. It was quite an experience: students took part in the trip thanks to Cisco TelePresence centers. On each step of the journey, I brought in […]

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Citynnovation : searching for innovative cities throughout the world – Francis Pisani

I wrote this column on the plane that took me from Barcelona to Las Vegas, the first stop on my world tour of smart cities – or, to be more specific, my tour of the efforts undertaken by some cities to better use information and communication technologies to improve our lives. I chose cities that […]

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Chapitre 4 – La tangente et la jungle – Francis Pisani

Une innovation indienne : l’excubateurMahesh Murthy et Vishal Gondal sont des entrepreneurs indiens installés à Mumbai. Ils se connaissent mais ne travaillent pas ensemble. Sortis de l’université avant la fin de leurs études (dropouts comme Steve Jobs et Bill Gates) ils ont tous deux réussi en affaire en vendant bien leur première startup. Ils s’intéressent […]

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Chapitre 3 – Créer deux, trois, d’innombrables Silicon Valleys – Francis Pisani

Dakar : des liens faibles aux liens forts Sénégalais, libanais et français, Karim Sy illustre combien les mélanges de races et de cultures sont fertiles. Informaticien (études à Montréal), il a lancé sa première entreprise à 19 ans.Vingt ans plus tard, il dirigeJokkolabs.net à Dakar, un de ces curieux espaces d’où pourrait fort bien naître […]