Category Archives: Contributions

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!

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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All Who Wander

“Not all those who wander are lost.”

I am a wanderer.

In four Madrid months, I wandered far beyond what I knew. I have been lost (sun-drenched Madrid streets blending into one another, winding and circling in the dizzying heat, cream colored building after cream colored building); I have found (ruins from the time of the Moorish Emirs, squares sparkling with light refracted from the water leaping from fountains, peacocks scrambling through the mazes of a monastery-palace in a glimmer of sapphire and emerald).

My favorite ballroom dance is Quickstep. When one learns to dance quickstep, the instructor yells, “Slow, Slow, Quick-Quick” until nothing but those words can resound in the dancer’s mind. Those Madrid days were a dance – Quickstep in particular.

Slow, Slow: lazy days meandering through the capital of Madrid, captivated by walls of art, stumbling upon festivals and rifling through stores and sitting for hours with a single cup of coffee in an overstuffed chair.

Quick-Quick: rushes of weekends, countryside blurring from car and airplane and train windows, exam proctors yelling “time” as dozens of pens scratch out final responses, standing on the edge of Moncloa watching the cars race into the distance.

Somehow, the days melted away in that dance and I came to the end of my Madrid wanderings.

So if I can offer one piece of advice for my fellow dreamers and nomads, it is to never cease to wander and never cease to see wonder.

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On San Sebastián

Between sapphire sky, crystal ocean, yellow hills, and blue mountains, sits San Sebastián on the north-western tip of Spain. The ocean filters into the bay and from the bay, the city grows outward and onto the surrounding hills. In that bay, rests an island where the waves break, with a single house on its top, sharp cliffs of rock hewn by wind and ocean and time surrounding it.

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