Before the middle of this century, the world’s cities will face challenges like never before. A projected 50% growth in world population, hand-in-hand with the concentration of people in urban centres, means our cities will have to be prepared for the social, environmental and infrastructural challenges coming their way.

Examples of these challenges include high unemployment, an overtaxed public transportation system, and potential food and water shortage. On top of that, there are the inevitable technological developments that will help reshape how we live and work. What, for example, will a mass transport system based on autonomous and shared vehicles mean for public safety, employment and land use?

100 Resilient Cities (100RC) is an organisation dedicated to helping cities around the world become more resilient to the physical, social and economic challenges of today and the future. From Accra to Yiwu, cities around the world are supported in their distinct challenges by 100RC.

Colin Webster speaks with Elizabeth Yee, the Vice President of City Solutions for 100RC and help us to ask what we can learn from how cities are overcoming resilience challenges.

This podcast was recorded as part of the 2016 Disruptive Innovation Festival. Find out more at thinkdif.co. Check out the rest of the Circulate Podcast series two here.

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Colin Webster

Colin Webster

Colin joined the Ellen MacArthur Foundation in 2012. He has taken on a variety of roles within the education team, and these days works predominantly on curating content for the Disruptive Innovation Festival (DIF), supporting the development of the Schmidt MacArthur Fellowship and creating educational resources in a variety of formats. Colin lives in Edinburgh, Scotland, and enjoys playing with his children at the beach. And drinking whisky.

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