Closing the Loop: Driving a Circular Future

By 2050, oceans are expected to have more plastic swimming in their depths than fish.

30% of garbage that comes from the United States stems from packaging.

In 2018, industry emitted nearly 24% of global CO2 emissions.

Today, we can look at the circular economy as a revolution against planned obsolescence. Read on here to learn how high tech, smart cities, and the circular economy are colliding in 2019.

Join us at hannover messe 2019

What is Hannover Messe?

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for industrial technology! This year, Industrie 4.0 meets Artificial Intelligence at Hannover Messe.

Hannover Messe, the world’s leading trade show for industrial technology, is right around the corner. For 72 years, Hannover Messe has helped manufacturers learn about pioneering technologies, stay up-to-date with industry innovations, and be one step ahead of the curve through educational conferences and forums. 

Read my latest Cisco Bloghere!

How will the Fourth Industrial Revolution Transform How We Govern?

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is a new beast: progressing at a faster and more aggressive pace than any of the prior three revolutions.

A toolbox for agile governance includes eight key pieces.

This revolution is characterized by oceans of big data, the rise of autonomous machines and robotics, artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, distributed ledger, and the Internet of Things. The sheer speed of innovation and rapid adoption of new technologies pushes traditional government to its limits: today’s governments must be more data-driven, people-focused, and agile than ever before. But what does agility mean in terms of government?

Read on here.

Why blockchain will bring smart cities to the next level

We all know that blockchain is a key building block of the future, but how will it impact our daily lives as citizens of cities and nations? I am excited to publish my most recent piece with Arvind Satyam of Cisco on the impact that distributed ledger, the parent technology behind blockchain, will have on the cities of the future.

Learn how distributed ledger is shaking up cities around the world here.

Cisco Connects the Factory Floor to the World

I enjoyed writing this piece for Cisco Systems on the role that Collaboration technology can play for manufacturers in a complex, constantly evolving environment.

“Collaboration drives manufacturing.

Manufacturing is being transformed by an aging workforce, with the average age of the highly skilled manufacturing worker hitting 56 years old in 2016. Manufacturers must find, train, and retain skilled workers while relying on the knowledge of experienced employees. Throw in regional, or even continental divides between talent and the physical manufacturing facility and these challenges seem even more insurmountable.”

Read on here!

Best Restaurants, Cafes, and Desserts of Charleston

Charleston calls to mind the quintessential Antebellum town: towering eighteenth and nineteenth century homes, dressed in classic whites and pretty pinks, gulls circling in the harbor, the rush of water and tang of salt in the air. And let’s not forget the food: fluffy biscuits, creamy grits with shrimp, light tea cakes in airy parlors. If you are looking for something other than the traditional Southern fare of Charleston, for brilliant flavors with a Southern twang, check out some of my favorite cafes, restaurants, and desserts of Charleston in my new Huffington Post article!

4 Must-Sees in Montreal

The old town of Montreal is alive with a fusion of both French colonial charm and modern delights. From the long pathways alongside the port to the gently watching hills in the distance, Montreal offers a banquet of attractions for those who dream of old Europe – combined with the convenience of easy and affordable flights from the Eastern Seaboard. On your visit to this Old-New-World capital, be sure to: climb Mont Royal, devour some of the best bagels in the world, sit awestruck before the intensely creative Cirque du Soleil, and eat your way through the charming Old Town.

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5 Places to See, Things to Do and Foods to Eat in Buenos Aires

”Paris of the South,” medley of Spain and Italy and France and South American flair, Buenos Aires is home to striking architecture and vivid graffiti walls and wide boulevards where tango dancers whirl around one another and street-criers shout, “Cambio, cambio – change, change” – offering the money variety, of course. After recently spending nearly four weeks in Buenos Aires, here are a few of my favorite hotspots for travelers to this southern capital.

Read on here!

Why I Keep Returning to Key West

Life proceeds at an alarming rate in the United States, busy seconds and minutes ticking away on strict timelines and sleepless work nights. But there still remain a few spots in our ever-busier nation that are oases of uninterrupted relaxation. Key West is one of those havens.

I first met Key West as a child. Two years ago, I had the chance to travel to this southernmost point of the U.S. From there, it was all too easy to fall in love with this colorful little town.

So, why does Key West draw so many back to her shores, just as once upon a time the wreckers pulled ships by night with their blinking bright lights? Here are a few reasons I’ve come to love Key West.

Read on here.

Four Must-See Museums in Key West

Eternal summer and sunshine, crystalline waters grading slowly from ultramarine to aquamarine, boozy and bright Duval street dressed prettily in painted pastels, Key West is not only home to outdoor adventures, but also to a rich history. If you are searching to learn a little bit about the Southernmost point of the United States and some of its most famous tales, be sure to check out these four museums while in Key West.