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Global cities of the future: An interactive map - McKinsey Quarterly - Economic Studies - Productivity & Performance

Global cities of the future: An interactive map - McKinsey Quarterly - Economic Studies - Productivity & Performance
Over the next 13 years, 600 cities will account for nearly 65 percent of global GDP growth. Which of them will contribute the largest number of children or elderly to the world’s population? Which will rank among the top 25 cities by per capita GDP? Explore these questions by browsing through this revised and updated interactive global map below, which contains city-specific highlights from the McKinsey Global Institute’s database of more than 2,600 metropolitan areas around the world. Interactive Related:  Tomorrow / Smart / Future

14 Bloom's Taxonomy Posters For Teachers 14 Brilliant Bloom’s Taxonomy Posters For Teachers by TeachThought Staff Bloom’s Taxonomy is a useful tool for assessment design, but using it only for that function is like using a race car to go to the grocery–a huge waste of potential. In an upcoming post we’re going to look at better use of Bloom’s taxonomy in the classroom, but during research for that post it became interesting how many variations there are of the original work. The follow simple, student-centered Bloom’s graphics were created by helloliteracy! The following “Bloom’s pinwheel” comes from Kelly Tenkley and

The new growth frontier: Midsize cities in emerging markets - McKinsey Quarterly - Marketing - Sectors & Regions Senior executives searching for growth face a stark new reality: roughly 400 midsize cities in emerging markets—cities they mostly will have never heard of—are posed to generate nearly 40 percent of global growth over the next 15 years. That’s more growth than the combined total of all developed economies plus the emerging markets’ megacities (those with populations of more than ten million, such as Mumbai, São Paulo, and Shanghai), which together have been the historic focus of most multinationals. Learning about consumer attitudes in the emerging markets’ “middleweight” cities (three-quarters of which have less than two million people), figuring out market entry strategies for them, and deciding how to allocate resources within and across them will all be crucial priorities in the years ahead. New research from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) seeks to arm executives with the knowledge they’ll need to tap into global urban growth. Interactive About the authors

Nine Things Successful People Do Differently Learn more about the science of success with Heidi Grant Halvorson’s HBR Single, based on this blog post. Why have you been so successful in reaching some of your goals, but not others? If you aren’t sure, you are far from alone in your confusion. 1. To seize the moment, decide when and where you will take each action you want to take, in advance. 3. Fortunately, decades of research suggest that the belief in fixed ability is completely wrong — abilities of all kinds are profoundly malleable. The good news is, if you aren’t particularly gritty now, there is something you can do about it. 7. To build willpower, take on a challenge that requires you to do something you’d honestly rather not do. 8. 9. If you want to change your ways, ask yourself, What will I do instead? It is my hope that, after reading about the nine things successful people do differently, you have gained some insight into all the things you have been doing right all along.

The city of 2050 Sensor networks Experts predict that everything, from street furniture to roads to the homes we live in, will be connected to the network. All these objects will produce vast amounts of data and some cities may build Nasa-style control centres to make predictions about city life, including where crimes may be committed. Smart buildings Buildings will have taken on a life of their own, controlling heating, lighting and security with little human intervention. Architects envisage buildings becoming far more sustainable, producing their own power and reusing rain water. Buildings may be able to store energy in huge batteries, while homes put excess electricity back into the smart grid. Robo-taxis It is likely cars will be self-driving. Traffic lights will no longer be necessary. Farmscrapers Forget the skyscrapers that dominate our city skylines. Shopping Going to the shops may be very different in 2050. 3D printing is likely to be available in many shops allowing people to create bespoke items.

A dozen public accounting ideas that don't work anymore I recently heard an excellent sermon on the importance of letting go of the past so that we can each pursue our intended future. The speaker referred to a book by Robin Meyers in which he asserts that there may be an eighth deadly sin: nostalgia. From what I gathered, Meyers suggests that we go astray when we believe that “the vices of the present prove not only that all is now in disarray but that this ‘awful’ age is inherently inferior to some golden age that came before it.” When I heard these assertions, I was overwhelmed because they crystalized an issue that seems to plague so many CPA firm leaders: an attachment to some bygone “good old days” that might not have even been that good. When we focus on what’s “wrong with today’s (fill in the blank),” it allows us to delay making the significant—almost radical—changes needed to address modern realities and embrace a future when things will be very different. Wanting to retain the ability to be “right” and make the new way “wrong.”

Redes Sensoriales Inalámbricas - ZigBee - Mesh Networks Smart Cities: sensor cities that interact with us in a smart way January 19th, 2011 - Alicia Asín The concept of city is changing as we knew it. The new technologies transform the cities into an entity capable of intelligently manage the water used to irrigate parks and gardens, measuring the amount of contamination in the air, or even generate alerts according to the level of dangerousness of the solar rays. Optimizing the amount of water used in irrigation of parks and gardens, managing the lighting in a smart way, providing an information system of free parking spaces or water leaks in pipes are problems common to most cities: they all could be treated with an intelligent monitoring system that would help in the daily management of resources. The cities of the XXI century The main idea behind any monitoring system in a city is to optimize decisions through data collection, interaction with citizens and coordination between services with the aim of making cities better places to live.

Just How Dangerous Is Sitting All Day? [INFOGRAPHIC] Sitting down, which most of us do for at least eight hours each day, might be the worst thing we do for our health all day. We've been preaching the benefits of stand-up desks for a while around here — and no one needs this good news more than social media-obsessed web geeks. A recent medical journal study showed that people who sit for most of their day are 54% more likely to die of a heart attack. And our readers are receptive to the idea, too. So if you need more convincing, check out these graphically organized stats from Medical Billing and Coding. Click to see full-size image. Source: The 10 Smartest Cities In The World We all have our favorite cities, and our subjective reasons for choosing them. They make us happy, keep us entertained, look beautiful at night. Whatever it is. The Cities In Motion Index doesn't care about that. It has objective data: 50 sets of it in all, covering every facet of urban life, from the economy and governance to technology and urban planning. The result is that some perpetually favorite places--Rome and Istanbul for instance--don't fare so well (Rome is 54th out of 135) in a ranking of "smartness," a catch-all phrase for a well-operated city that is pleasant to live in. The ranking is put together by IESE Business School, in Spain, and gives a sense of cities' sustainability, in the broadest sense. No city is perfect. For more info, see the full report, or check out the infographic that accompanies it. A ranking like this is bound to annoy everyone.

AED Center for Leadership Development Comprendre les lois de la ville - Blogs Geoffrey West (Wikipédia) est physicien et travaille depuis quelques années sur le thème de la ville à l’Institut de Santa Fé, un Institut de recherche dédié à l’étude des systèmes complexes, rapporte le New York Timesdans un étonnant article sur ses recherches, signé Jonah Lehrer. L’objectif de West : découvrir les lois cachées qui régissent l’organisation urbaine. A l’heure où la majorité de la population mondiale vit en ville et où cette urbanisation ne cesse de s’accélérer, nous ne savons pas grand-chose du rôle des villes, rappelle le journaliste scientifique Jonah Lehrer. Certes, les économistes ont bien mis l’accent sur le rôle des villes dans le produit intérieur brut ou l’amélioration du niveau de vie, tandis que les psychologues ont étudié l’impact de la vie urbaine sur la mémoire à court terme et sur notre capacité à l’auto-contrôle… Mais force est de reconnaître que la théorie urbaine ressemble à un domaine sans principes ni règles. Vers une théorie prédictive des villes ?