Policy frameworks and tools

Is your city ready for the sharing economy?

Fri, 2015-03-13 06:00 -- Doug Cooley

Widespread WiFi, fancy smartphones and killer mobile apps are empowering private citizens to offer goods and services outside of normal business channels. The phenomenon -- commonly known as the “sharing economy” or “on-demand economy” -- may soon be coming to your city, if it hasn’t already, A new report from the National League of Cities can help your city prepare for it.

Tool promotes ‘common language’ for city hall

Fri, 2015-01-30 06:00 -- Doug Cooley

Smart cities strive to deliver public services in a more efficient manner. Yet an important first step may be improving the efficiency of operations at city hall itself. A new tool aims to do just that by helping municipalities adopt a common language for talking about important city issues. (And it's free.)

Dissecting ISO 37120: Gimme shelter, please! The homeless challenge cities face

Fri, 2014-09-19 06:00 -- SCC Staff

The message in the iconic 1969 Rolling Stones hit still resonates 45 years later -- with cities worldwide challenged by homelessness and slums as urban populations soar. In his series on the new smart city standard, George Karayannis explains how cities can measure their progress.

Dissecting ISO 37120: Why this new smart city standard is good news for cities

Wed, 2014-07-30 00:00 -- SCC Staff

For the first time, city leaders and citizens have a set of clearly defined city performance indicators and a standard way to measure them. In his new series launching today, industry veteran George Karayannis explains what cities need to know about ISO 37120. Don't miss it.

Smart Cities Readiness Guide advances smart city development with first-of-its-kind tool for city leaders around the world

Sun, 2013-11-17 23:59 -- SCC Staff

The Smart Cities Council released version 1.0 of the Smart Cities Council Readiness Guide, the first comprehensive, vendor-neutral smart city handbook for city leaders and planners.