Cities Must Focus On Equity When Innovating
As technology advances it is important that it provides benefits to as many people as possible. There are many real-life examples of how the cities have implemented plans to benefit all populations, which in turns benefits everyone. This philosophy is crucial to the success of technological implementations, especially in urban areas.
Below is an article from SmartCitiesDIVE that provides examples of the many ways inclusion can impact technological advances in urban areas. After reading the article, give us a call at SpendBridge to discuss how we can we can partner with you to discuss how to implement equity in innovation in your company.
Source: smartcitiesdive.com | Re-Post SpendBridge 12/6/2017
A new research report from the National League of Cities urges cities to carefully examine equity among all residents as they modernize and add technological advances. The Future of Equity in Cities cautions that widening gaps between the rich and the poor, and among races, is creating a growing social and economic divide that could de-stabilize cities.
The report addresses the topics of economic development, infrastructure, and public safety to identify upcoming equity challenges and opportunities for cities.
Although the report points out that cities’ diversity is increasing, it also indicates that the different groups are becoming more segregated.
Innovation and technology can create a buzz and get people excited about city modernization. But the report points out that not everybody living in urban environments experiences that buzz or feels energized by advances because they won’t benefit from them. Increasing gaps in incomes and racial groups means only the wealthy fully reap the benefits when cities innovate. That includes areas of necessary technological infrastructure and innovations like autonomous vehicles.