Technology was not top of the agenda for European digitalisation leaders gathered in Barcelona. Instead, a focus was on laying the right foundations for cross-city innovation. BIT Habitat is a municipal urban innovation centre to convene businesses, academia, residents and the city. Copenhagen was recently named as the leading digital city globally by Economist Impact. City councils are the "enablers" for this connectivity ecosystem, according to Cellnex's Victor Dot.
Glasgow launched its Telecom Unit in late 2020 "to simplify the interface between the telecommunications industry and the city council" The unit aims to attract as well as direct investment. It is part of a city-wide strategy to tackle digital exclusion in terms of affordable connectivity, access to devices, and skills. Read the Entire Article
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One of the most significant challenges to social entrepreneurship and innovation is ensuring a diversity of approaches and participants in the movement. To truly deliver meaningful social change the leaders of the effort must share perspectives of the challenges faced by communities across the U.S. that can most appropriately come from members of those communities. Ashoka, through its All America initiative seeks to increase the diversity of social entrepreneurship practitioners.