“Cities were always like people, showing their varying personalities to the traveler. Depending on the city and on the traveler, there might begin a mutual love, or dislike, friendship, or enmity. Where one city will rise a certain individual to glory, it will destroy another who is not suited to its personality. Only through travel can we know where we belong or not, where we are loved and where we are rejected.” –Roman Payne
Welcome to The Future of Cities, a new podcast from The Mission. In Season 1, we deep dive into topics and technology that are vital to creating a better world. We will share stories from history and look to science fiction for clues of what lies ahead.
The word technology comes from two Greek words, transliterated techne and logos. Techne means art, skill, craft, or the way, manner, or means by which a thing is gained. Logos means word, the utterance by which inward thought is expressed, a saying, or an expression. So, literally, technology means words or discourse about the way things are gained.
…the sort of topics that are going to be picked up on in Venture Capital brunches on Sand Hill Road. But the total disregard for long-term risk analysis reduces much of what Silicon Valley creates as being totally pointless, in terms of the benefit of man now and in the future. The problem with us constantly thinking in the short-term, with short-term rewards and incentives, …
Elinor Ostrom saw something different. She proposed that a Commons can create value if a set of rules are consistently applied and respected by all of its the members. She compiled eight specific rules for managing the commons. Her examples focused on small groups, and her ideas were groundbreaking, winning her the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2009. (check this out if you would like to learn more).