How Cities Are Using Digital Twins Like a SimCity for Policymakers

CityLab Design The new technology, which creates virtual models of cities and simulates policy scenarios, could be a potential game-changer for urban planning. By Linda Poon April 5, 2022 The entire 40-square-mile metro region of Orlando, Florida, may soon live virtually inside the offices of the Orlando Economic Partnership (OEP). The group has partnered with the gaming company Unity to develop …

A powerful oligarchy profits from business as usual is thwarting societal mobilization to make the deep changes necessary to maintain a livable planet. We need organizing for System Change Not Climate Change

System Change Not Climate Change is a network of North American ecosocialists united in the belief that capitalism is driving climate change and that a radical international grassroots movement can stop it. The organization was founded in 2013 by U.S. and Canadian climate activists who understood that the fossil-fueled capitalist system which caused the climate crisis was not going to …

Systematic review of the outcomes and trade-offs of ten types of decarbonization policy instruments

Renewable electricity traded as ‘green certificates’ can redistribute wealth from consumers to energy companies – with 83% of the available evidence suggesting they have a “negative impact”, along with 63% of the evidence for energy taxes, which can disproportionately affect rural areas. A review of ten types of policy used to reduce carbon suggests that some costs fall on those …

Street Moves initiative allows local communities to become co-architects of their own streets’ layouts, space used for parking and other public uses

January 5, 2021 Bloomberg – The Street Moves initiative allows local communities to become co-architects of their own streets’ layouts. Via workshops and consultations, residents can control how much street space is used for parking, or for other public uses. It’s already rolled out experimentally at four sites in Stockholm, with three more cities about to join up. The ultimate goal is hugely …

Frontlines Climate Justice Executive Action Platform

This platform proposes a set of actions the executive branch can take to equitably address the climate crisis without new legislation, major new appropriations, or other Congressional authority. Download the Policy SummaryDownload the Policy Memorandum Preamble Summary of Executive Actions Platform Signers As communities across the country, as well as countless people all over the world, face accelerating impacts and …

A Moral Policy Agenda to Heal and Transform America: The Poor People’s Jubilee Platform (Aug 2020)

July 2020 We the People of the United States, in order to form a more perfect Union, establish justice, ensure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States. Preamble to the U.S. Constitution No State shall make or …

Mobility data for fairer transport systems. Also, study shows for bikes and bicycling infrastructure, “build it and they will come” is true

27th July 2020 Sarah Wray https://cities-today.com/mobility-data-foundational-for-fairer-transport-systems/Seleta Reynolds, General Manager, Los Angeles Department of Transportation Cities worldwide have been disrupted like never before by COVID-19 – all citizens have been affected but not necessarily equally. In the US, for instance, evidence suggests that non-white communities have been disproportionately impacted by the virus in terms of deaths, job losses, risk of exposure and more. Mayors have vowed to …

The powerful appeal of populism fills a void, says Fiona Hill. Populism provides a narrative for people who have lost their identities that were tied to meaningful work.

“When people lose that then they’re looking for something. There’s a feeling they’ve been robbed and deprived of a golden age, and they want that back and populist politics feeds upon that, and provides scapegoats for losing it.” –Fiona Hill See interview with Fiona Hill in The Guardian, June 12, 2020… Excerpts below. Liberal democracy hasn’t been delivering, in the …

When workers own the code: platform cooperatives in action

Why doesn’t someone try to run an on-demand labor app that doesn’t seem to exploit its workers? Well, that world is inching into reality with the emergence of worker-owned apps, where they own and run the market­place themselves. It’s a trend that could save the gig economy from itself. One of these apps is Up & Go, which lets you order …

How momentum is growing to tax the rich and reduce inequality

In the middle of the last century, there was a large and secure working class. Then, changes to the tax structure distributed more and more of the wealth to the richest and hollowed out the middle class. Now, levels of inequality in the United States are unsustainable as the top one-tenth of one percent (0.1%) has wealth equal to the …