Former Irish Prime Minister Joins Leading Cities Global Advisory Board

Former Irish Prime Minister Joins Leading Cities Global Advisory Board Leading Cities continues to grow and increase its global presence, establishing new partnerships, and launching new initiatives such as the AcceliCity smart city startup boot camp program and creating a Member City Network open to all cities everywhere. Our global reputation is further enhanced by…Read more Former Irish Prime Minister Joins Leading Cities Global Advisory Board

City As A Platform Manifesto: Cities And Stakeholders Unite

by Michael Lake; President and CEO of Leading Cities The city of Yinchuan in western China played host to an impressive gathering of Smart City thought leaders from around the world. In partnership with TM Forum, the industry association driving digital business transformation of the communications industry, the city of Yinchuan convened approximately 1,000 participants…Read more City As A Platform Manifesto: Cities And Stakeholders Unite

Co-creation: The key to valuation creation in the digital economy

Co-creation: The key to valuation creation in the digital economy By Michael Lake, CEO of Leading Cities To unlock the true value of the digital economy, each piece will need to work togeth- er in collaboration with others to complete the puzzle. Co-creation is the means by which collaboration unlocks the economic, sociologic and ecologic…Read more Co-creation: The key to valuation creation in the digital economy

The “Smartness” Of Smart City Ecosystems

First, there was the question “what is a Smart City?” Then definitions with varying degrees of details emerged, leading to the second question—how is a Smart City actually defined? Though these questions are still being debated and no single definition has emerged, what has evolved without question is both the need for and rise of…Read more The “Smartness” Of Smart City Ecosystems

Smart Cities, From Trend To Future Reality

The phrase “Smart City," as well as the concept behind the phrase, has become a trend over the last few years. This trend has pushed companies and institutions to become something that, in many cases, they do not fully understand. They want to be “Smart” like they want to be “Green.” However, these objectives are…Read more Smart Cities, From Trend To Future Reality

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Commends Michael Lake As Only American Nominated For International Smart Cities Award

Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities, is the only American nominated for the inaugural UK Smart Cities Awards 2017 in the category “Smart City Leader & Promoter.” Michael has been recognized globally as a pioneer in the space of Smart Cities for his leadership in networking cities across international borders with the launch…Read more Boston Mayor Martin Walsh Commends Michael Lake As Only American Nominated For International Smart Cities Award

The Good, The Bad And The Disruptive

When it comes to projects that aspire to change reality, we usually find a pivotal moment. This crossroad is when you must decide what is truly possible and what is teetering on the edge between dream and reality. It is this equilibrium between theory and praxis, dreams and reality that embody the actions of those who, like us, dream about smart ecosystems and new urban environments.