City Forward

Bringing Big Data to Chicago’s Citizens

Big Data is all the rage these days – from helping doctors diagnose patients by using analytics to sift through decades of historical information, to allowing marketers to learn how to better personalize experiences for customers. But there often isn’t the chance for citizens to see how data might affect their everyday lives up close […]

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City Forward: An Award-Winning Lesson in the Use of Open Big Data

Sponsored by IBM, the City Forward website can be used to compare a selected city’s characteristics and challenges to others around the world. In the process, users can identify trends, pinpoint similarities and get ideas for how a city may be improved. These city stories then can be shared and discussed within the City Forward […]

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Grades 9 Through 14 School Model Strengthens Education-to-Work System

Education is not a preparation for life; education is life itself. – John Dewey In my latest op-ed in U.S. News & World Report, I write that only since the end of the Second World War has high school attendance been mandatory. Back in 1945, we understood that while college could be important, finishing high […]

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Building a Smarter Chicago

The City of Chicago has just announced its intention to open five grades nine through 14 schools that will confer both the high school diploma and an associate degree in technology – creating a direct connection from high school to college to careers. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel comments below about the important roles these Early […]

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St. Louis Is Making All the Right Moves

When we typically see a news report about the St. Louis Police, it is about them responding to a crime on an ongoing investigation. That’s why it was so refreshing to see Fox’s coverage of steps the city is making to reduce crime in our city. And this wasn’t the first time the city has […]

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The New Orleans Challenge: Transforming a Cosmopolitan City

Imagine being asked to live and collaborate for three weeks with six people you have never met. Factor in a problem that has to be solved in less than 30 days. And not just any problem, but one that matters – with a potential solution that could make a huge difference for a city and […]

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Data Analytics, Vacant Properties, and a Smarter Syracuse

As part of IBM’s Smarter Cities Challenge, I had the chance to spend three weeks in Syracuse, New York helping city officials understand how to reduce residential property vacancy rates. More than four percent (about 1,500) of Syracuse’s 35,000 to 45,000 housing units are vacant, and their byproducts – urban blight, street crime, and declining […]

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