The Century of the City and the COVID19 Catalyst
We live in interesting times. The Century of Cities, The Climate Emergency, the Digital Age of the 4th Industrial Revolution and The Internet of Things, and the surge in pandemics, disasters, and shocks, with the potential to trigger reform.
As we enter the 5th decade of the century of cities, COVID19 arrives as a human tragedy, an economic shock, and a catalyst of change for our planet, cities, mobility, technology, and human relations. We must take the opportunity of our 'unintended demonstrator' in low touch, low carbon, low consumption, and low mobility living, to find new paths that align with our planetary imperatives, and our human instincts for a safer and healthier world.
Professor Greg Clark CBE FAcSS is a Global Advisor, Scholar & Writer, Non-Executive Director and Board Chairman who works with Businesses, Governments, and Cities to help navigate this disrupted century, inspire new collaborations, and forge new futures.
Visit Greg Clark's author page here.
Recent publications include Global Cities: A short history and The Innovation Economy: Implications and Imperatives for States and Regions.
A complete list of all previous publications is on The Business of Cities website here.
Greg Clark is an Honorary Professor at UCL STEaPP, a Visiting Professor at the University of Strathclyde, a senior fellow at the Urban Land Institute and a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences and until recently, a global fellow at Brookings Institution.
He also chairs international Advisory Boards for Cities that are reformulating their strategies, positioning, and assets.
The Connected Places Catapult operates at the intersection between public and private sectors and between local government and transport authorities, with the aim to create connected places, fit for the future.
Watch Greg Clark's recent seminars here: ULI / HSBC, Dec 2020, Reactivating Europe's Cities after COVID-19, JIMC, August 2020, Manifesto for Economic Recovery Using Business Events Webinar Part I and Part II; AIME, February 2020, Business Events and the Future of the City; HSBC, May 7th, Covid-19 - Review of the mid-to long-term Implications for Corporates; HSBC, May 15th, The world reimagined: the future impacts of COVID-19.