Urban Social Enterprise

The “smart city” – using technology to manage cities and improve their livability, dynamism and competitiveness – has become a hot topic in recent years. The IT enabled city can manage traffic, monitor security, improve energy efficiency and achieve a range of desirable social, economic and environmental objectives for urban development.

Developing Smart Cities represents a different fundamental idea of what makes a smart city. The next generation of emerging cities are struggling to be competitive and transform into modern, well-functioning cities. To grow sustainably, the major challenges are basic objectives:  healthy, educated, productive workers, compelling economic opportunities for companies and workers, the right urban physical infrastructure and an enabling policy framework – all within a livable urban environment.

Sustainable and inclusive development of these cities – homes, neighborhoods, offices, markets, open spaces where city residents live, work and play – is central to achieving these objectives. Urban social enterprises and social entrepreneurs are in the vanguard of this movement.

The next generation of cities have to be developed for all. The current trend of developing mostly for upper income groups while neglecting lower and moderate income workers has been a recipe for slums and deep urban poverty.

This is why Developing Smart Cities focuses on affordable housing, urban regeneration, slum upgrading and redevelopment, building rehabilitation, community redevelopment, urban services and other emerging topics.

The DSC platform is bringing knowledge, experience and visibility to social enterprise models, impact investments and financial innovations for inclusive, sustainable developing cities.

Helping social enterprises and impact investors promote social inclusion, environmental sustainability and financial viability of urban projects is smart.

That’s Developing Smart Cities.