The City as Platform theme defines how cities are integrating live and virtual forums to improve civic engagement, community building and inclusive economic growth.
The city of the future is an interoperable platform designed around shared values. It connects the public and private sectors with local residents and organizations to leverage the collective knowledge of their networks.
Traditionally, cities have been defined by place, both geographical and socio-political. How we interpret place informs the specific identity and purpose of our urban centers.
Today, the definition of place is evolving as a social construct for greater participatory self-determination in our global digital arena — an evolution from place to platform.
Most of my professional career has focused on exploring the convergence of 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 conversation that shifted how I contextualize travel and tourism as a global innovation distribution channel.
Today, I work at Skift developing strategy and research for travel industry organizations.