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How Changes to U.S.-Cuba Policy Will Impact Businesses

U.S. businesses looking to invest in Cuba face an uncertain policy regime, and national security dangers too loom, say experts.

Is the End of IBM’s Remote Work Policy a Bellwether?

IBM is calling its remote workers back to the office as a result of a switch in its business methodology. Will other firms follow suit?

Twelve Innovative Ideas for Fixing American Health Care

Obamacare advisor and Penn professor Ezekiel Emanuel looks at innovative solutions for the health care crisis, in his new book.

Will China Become a Leader in Clean Energy?

China is the world’s biggest polluter, but it is investing aggressively in clean energy. What role will it play now that the U.S. has pulled out of the 2015 Paris climate agreement?

Conflicts of an Urban Age exhibition opens in Berlin

RSS Source: Urban Age - June 21, 2017 - 6:49am

Conflicts of an Urban Age opened today at BOX Freiraum in Berlin, and will run until 29 July 2017. The exhibition was first developed as a Special Project for the 15th International Architecture Exhibition (2016) of La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition, jointly organised by LSE Cities and the Alfred Herrhausen Gesellschaft, highlights the spatial and social consequences of dramatic urban growth in cities across the world between 1990 and 2015. It describes how seven cities – Addis Ababa, Berlin, Istanbul, London, Mexico City, Mumbai and Shanghai – have changed over this 25-year period, foregrounding individual narratives on how the physical environment has adapted to societal change and presenting data on the urban dynamics that affect people’s lives. The exhibition also presents the findings of the Urban Age research programme, exploring the way selected cities perform in global hotspots of urbanisation and revealing the complex patterns of urban growth, mobility, density, social inclusion, economic development, environmental impact and governance structures that lie behind cities as diverse as Mexico City and Tokyo, Berlin and Johannesburg, Istanbul and London.

Alongside the exhibition, Urban Talks focusing on Berlin and on participative and sustainable approaches to planning and designing cities will be held each Wednesday at 7pm. For more information and to register click here.

Amazon’s Big Buy: What Whole Foods Brings to the Table

Amazon's purchase of Whole Foods expands its presence in the grocery space, but could also provide a boost to the company across multiple sectors.

What Can China and the U.S. Learn from Each Other about Retail?

China and the U.S. are learning from each other about the future direction of retail, a real exercise in globalization, says Hong Kong real estate executive George Hongchoy.

Is There a Match for Tech Between China and Israel?

Israel is famous for its tech prowess. China has deep pockets and is a tech innovator in areas like financial payments. Is there a match in the making?

Can Corporations Be Held Morally Responsible?

People are responsible for their individual actions. But what about the company as an entity?

Disruptors Need to Continue Innovating – or Be Disrupted

In the digital era, companies that have distinguished themselves as disruptors cannot afford to rest on their laurels, according to a new paper from Wharton's Mack Institute.

Why Blockchain Creates A New ‘Architecture of Trust’

Wharton professor Kevin Werbach explains why the blockchain is poised to upend the way many industries do business.

How a Rollback of Dodd-Frank Would Impact Wall Street

Wharton experts discuss how a rollback of regulations on the financial sector would impact Wall Street and the U.S. economy.

How Uber Can Reset Its Corporate Culture

In order to create a healthier corporate culture, Uber will need leaders who are committed to change.

Are You a Self-aware Leader?

Organizational psychologist Tasha Eurich says becoming more self-aware can lead to greater success personally and professionally.

Alexandra Gomes presents on Smell and the City at the Academy of Young Urbanism

RSS Source: Urban Age - June 13, 2017 - 6:38am

LSE Cities Research Officer Alexandra Gomes today presented on her PhD research surrounding sensory urbanism at the Academy of Young Urbanism in London. The event was part of the London Festival of Architecture, and explored how designing for smell could take a coordinated approach to tackling broader urban issues.

‘The End of Loyalty’: Shock and Awe for Many American Workers

As the U.S. moved from a blue-collar society to a knowledge economy, certain things were lost, including two-way loyalty in the workplace.

How Urban Planners Can Encourage ‘Vibrancy’ — and Create Safer Cities

Recent Wharton research examines how healthy energy in a particular neighborhood can help reduce crime.

Mayor of London includes Ricky Burdett on Cultural Leadership Board

RSS Source: Urban Age - June 12, 2017 - 9:41am

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced that LSE Cities Director Ricky Burdett is one of the members of the Cultural Leadership Board being launched today. The new body includes experts from across culture and the creative industries: design, gaming, events, cultural tourism, urban development, planning, film, theatre and heritage. They will advise the Mayor on issues facing the creative industries and culture including leadership, talent development, inclusion, innovation and infrastructure.

Does Democracy Encourage Criminal Politicians?

In India, the world’s largest democracy, 34% of parliamentary members are involved in criminal cases. Does democracy fuel crooked politicians?

Nuno Ferreira da Cruz discusses the future of cities on Portuguese national television

RSS Source: Urban Age - June 8, 2017 - 11:01am

LSE Cities Research Fellow Nuno Ferreira da Cruz yesterday discussed the future of cities on the Portuguese television program Fronteiras XXI.  The purpose of the program was to debate the “big themes” that challenge Portugal and the world. Along with Augusto Mateus (ex-minister, ministry of economics), Álvaro Domingues (geographer, University of Porto), and Ana Paula Rafael (CEO of Dielmar), Nuno examined the future of cities at the global scale with a particular emphasis on the case of Portugal.


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