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Tesla's Electric Domination Moves Forward With Debut of Beautiful Solar Shingles. In Cold Wyoming Winters, A New Vertical Farm Keeps Fresh Produce Local. Winters are notoriously harsh in Jackson, Wyoming, where temperatures can plunge far below zero and snowstorms regularly pummel the surrounding mountains.

In Cold Wyoming Winters, A New Vertical Farm Keeps Fresh Produce Local

Not Too Windy, Not Too Calm: Capturing Iceland's Winds. Stop Flushing Water Down the Drain [Excerpt] From Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, by Michael E.

Stop Flushing Water Down the Drain [Excerpt]

Webber. Copyright© 2016, by Michael E. Webber. Excerpted by permission of Yale University Press. All rights reserved. One of the approaches to saving water and energy is to put the waste streams from water and energy systems to good use. This Heated Road De-Ices Itself. The Inescapable Paradox of Managing Creativity. Executive Summary NOTE: Gretchen has the illustration, to be adapted for the piece.

The Inescapable Paradox of Managing Creativity

When facing the challenge of unleashing organizational innovation, many leaders fail. Some attempt to help their teams flourish by granting almost unlimited freedoms, only to discover that they have created chaos, not high performance. Others try to force their employees’ creativity through prescribed programs and activities, which usually yields humdrum results at best. What Can 'the Mystery' of Cell-Phone Data Tell Us About What a City Needs? Most people are pretty attached to their phones.

What Can 'the Mystery' of Cell-Phone Data Tell Us About What a City Needs?

Ninety percent of adults have one, and 78 percent of kids use one. As Aaron Reiss observes in his documentation of the cell phone storage industry in New York, cell phones are a huge part of our lives. How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down. New ideas are rare in the staid world of government contracting.

How Barcelona and Philadelphia Are Turning Procurement Upside Down

How the Internet of Things could change the US postal service. Data crunching can prevent cars from crashing. Having already cut traffic collisions resulting in injuries and deaths nearly 40 per cent in five years by analyzing patterns from data it has collected, the city of Edmonton is using predictive technologies to increase road safety even more.

Data crunching can prevent cars from crashing

As drivers navigate Edmonton’s streets, they will inevitably pass a digital messaging sign, one of as many as 200 strategically located throughout Alberta’s second-largest city. “On a day when there would be a high risk for collisions based on road conditions – really slippery or very cold temperatures – you would see a message advising, ‘Road conditions icy ahead,’ or that type of thing,” says Gerry Shimko, executive director of the City of Edmonton’s Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).

The digital signs are just one element of an innovative traffic safety program that has dramatically reduced vehicle collisions in the Edmonton region since OTS launched in late 2006. Underpinning this effort is data analytics. Mr. Mr. The Boeing Debacle: Seven Lessons Every CEO Must Learn. Peggy Noonan On Steve Jobs And Why Big Companies Die.

Cities Focusing On Big Data And Mobility. When it comes to technology and strategy, government is often behind the times, and far behind the most innovative businesses. It's slow-moving, risk-averse, and subject to many electoral and legal constraints. Cities, on the other hand, move much faster. That was the subject of a recent panel hosted by SAP and the Brookings Institute, what Sean O'Brien, the Global Vice President Of Urban Matters and Public Security at SAP called the "secret sauce" of the best-run cities. Part of cities' success in innovation is building partnerships with large businesses. For example, SAP Urban Matters just announced a partnership with Boston to bring advanced enterprise software and analytics into the government.

Setting a course for innovation success. Everybody knows Thomas Edison invented the light bulb – it’s in the history books and ingrained in the popular psyche.

Setting a course for innovation success

Canada’s innovation window of opportunity. Canada boasts a stable government, sound finances, boundless resources and an educated work force.

Canada’s innovation window of opportunity

But for all of those strengths, there’s a dirty little secret about our economy. We are underperformers – not compared with our overindebted G7 compatriots but compared with our economic potential. Canada’s record on productivity is poor, and the country suffers from a chronic innovation gap. Outside of the mining and energy sectors, the list of Canadian companies making a meaningful impact on a global stage is exceedingly short. The most innovative one of all, Research In Motion Ltd. of Waterloo, Ont., has been put on the defensive by foreign competitors that have been stealing market share with products that are more cutting-edge than the BlackBerry.

Were it not for an abundance of commodities that developing countries are demanding right now, such as potash and oil, our economic growth would be far weaker than it is. Innovation Cities Top 100 Index 2011: City Rankings » Innovation Cities Index & Program – City data training events from 2THINKNOW for USA Canada America Europe Asia Mid-East Australia. Top 100 world cities for an innovation economy in 2011.

Innovation Cities Top 100 Index 2011: City Rankings » Innovation Cities Index & Program – City data training events from 2THINKNOW for USA Canada America Europe Asia Mid-East Australia

The world’s largest city classification and ranking with 331 benchmark cities classified, and top 125 cities ranked in 2011, of which the top 100 are listed below. Based on 2thinknow analysis of cities in what our analysts term the ‘global innovation economy’. Annual since 2007. View current Media Release + Read the 2011 FAQ Key to index.