by Aaron Pompei

Posted on January 31, 2017

Cities face challenges to uphold social and commercial organization that is equally productive for the prolonged operation of its internal organizations and satisfaction of both commercial and individual constituents.

These challenges are not isolated nor do they affect communities individually, they are complex and intertwined through all facets of the urban organization. The complexity of this design can not be addressed through isolated solutions presenting another challenge when addressing community issues and considering strategies for the city's’ future.

The proliferation and popularity of sensing and connected technologies combined with technologies to aggregate and analyze data offer a foundation for city governments and related entities to have a larger view of the complexity of the organization they steward. The insight available from this high-level view can further democratize city priorities when this information is made public. However making it available is not enough.

Each community within a city faces a series of systemic challenges as a result of a class society. The respective challenges have a commonality however derive from different contexts and thus are subject to perspectives that make them hyper-personal. Starting with the most systematically depraved communities to identify challenges to basic needs to design for community cohesion and empowerment can have a chain reaction throughout the entire social system with the ultimate success being the emergence of a cyclical solution shift individual orientations towards collective benefit.

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