From Place to Platform

The City as Platform theme defines how cities are integrating live and virtual forums to improve civic engagement, community building, and inclusive economic growth.

Traditionally, cities have been defined by place. How we interpret place informs the identity and purpose of our urban centers.

Today, cities are evolving as interoperable platforms designed around shared values. They connect the public and private sectors with local community individuals and organizations to leverage the collective knowledge of their networks.

It's an evolution from place to platform.

Most of my career has focused on tourism and urban development. A few years ago, a professor at the House of Logistics & Mobility in Frankfurt told me:

"The city of the future is an interdisciplinary knowledge sharing machine."

That was a defining moment. It shifted how I contextualize cities as global innovation distribution channels.

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— Greg Oates