Archive for the Europe Category

JESSICA’s Vision for Smart Cities: Investment Funds for a Sustainable Urban Future (Part 1)

With research and writing assistance from Ben Falber, Smart Cities Advisors fellow in Summer and Fall 2011 Our previous blog post on urban impact investment funds, Impact Investment Funds for Cities: Insight from the EU’s JESSICA program, looked at the EU’s evolving JESSICA initiative as a promising […]

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Impact Investment Funds for Cities: Insight from the EU’s JESSICA program

Sustainable cities have become a high profile global issue, no longer a luxury of the developed world and increasingly a source of urgency in the developing world. My fellowship at Smart Cities Advisors has illustrated how dialogue, policy and capital often don’t connect. Even so, it’s clear […]

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“Building” on SOCAP 11: Urban Housing and Infrastructure (Part 1)

Hard to believe it’s been two weeks since SOCAP11 – the conversations following our panel “Investing in Home: The Role of Housing and the Built Environment” continue and are generating insights into how social enterprise, impact investment and housing/urban investment intersect (and don’t yet). Many of us […]

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SOCAP Panel Preview: Peter Lundstedt, Familjebostäder

Getting prepped for our SOCAP11 panel “Investing in Home: The Role of Housing and the Built Environment,” I interviewed panelist Peter Lundstedt, CMO at Familjebostäder, a real estate developer and manager in Gothenburg, Sweden.  Familjebostäder owns and manages over 18,000 rental apartments in Gothenburg.  Familjebostäder’s mission is […]

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SOCAP Europe – Getting Out Rulers and Levels: Monitoring and Evaluation & Implications for Urban Investment, Part 3

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern Picking up from the last post, this monitoring and evaluation topic was an example of one of SOCAP’s great hallmarks – the participatory and interactive process of “figuring it out.” The conclusions […]

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SOCAP Europe – Getting Out Rulers and Levels: Monitoring and Evaluation & Implications for Urban Investment, Part 2

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern To pick up at the last blog post on monitoring and evaluation issues addressed during SOCAP Europe, the list of challenges brought up by participants in these panels illustrated the implementation issues […]

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SOCAP Europe – Getting Out Rulers and Levels: Monitoring and Evaluation & Implications for Urban Investment, Part 1

With writing, research and editorial assistance from Valerie Stahl, Summer 2011 Smart Cities Advisors intern SOCAP Europe did a great job of highlighting the evolving world of metrics, monitoring and evaluation (M&E). At Tuesday’s “Three Bridges to Capital” panel and Wednesday’s European Venture Philanthropy Association (EVPA) workshop, […]

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Challenges of Heritage Conservation in the Developing World and Urban Impact Investment (Part 1)

As the new and rapidly growing urban areas of the developing world reach to build dynamic, competitive cities, promoting heritage conservation is a central issue – not just for foreign tourism, as is often thought – but also for promoting livelihoods, economic development, cultural identity and urban […]

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Sustainable Cities Need Sustainable Business Models and Social Fabrics Too

With research and writing assistance from Estephani Garcia The new report from Harvard Business School* (January 22, 2011) entitled “Sustainable Cities: Oxymoron or the Shape of the Future?” As interest turns to responses to urbanization, especially in rapid growth developing countries, a number of analytical frameworks have […]

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