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Designing Sustainable Cities & Regions: Where are the Libraries?

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Meeting of the Minds 2013 convenes in Toronto September 9 – 11. Haven’t heard about this conference? I encourage you, if you are involved in a public or academic library, to look at it. Actually, I encourage you to go. I follow Rick Huijbregts (VP Industry & Business Transformation; General Manager, Smart & Connected Communities for Cisco Canada). You might want to follow Rick’s LindedIn or Tweets as well. It is through Rick that I learn about the technologies and thinking that’s influencing community decision-makers.

For instance, there is a session at #MOTM2013 on “3-D Printing and Fabrication Labs – Revitalization Strategies for Sustainable Cities” given by the VP of Philips Lighting. I’ve seen the shock on the faces of librarian’s faces when I tell them that libraries are not alone in the community space vying to be innovation centre with 3D printers. Here’s some of the session abstract: “Fabrication Labs (FabLabs) will soon pop up all over cities and be fuelled by imaginative design. Together this will represent substantial economical value for cities seeking sustainable ways to revitalize. Certain cities may not be able to compete on labor costs but they can create tremendous value when design is more closely linked with the process of 3-D printing. Many examples of the makers economy already exist but one particularly exciting example in the lighting industry captures the spirit of this trend. Rogier will share a detailed model of how a 3D-printing based delivery model for luminaires would not

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Revitalizing & Recivilizing!

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Great talk this morning at Computer in Libraries 2013 from Storm Cunningham on Libraries as Community Revitalizers! Hi first two books, The Restoration Economy & reWealth, led the way for his forthcoming, Revitalization due out later this year. Storm shared ideas from all his books which have built to the latest message covering restorative development, citizen leadership and crowd technologies. He gave terrific examples which I hope stimulate lots of ideas for future citizen-led, restorative development, using crown technologies to fund and promote libraries as part of community projects! You’ll be hearing more from me on this topic! Watch the video and keep your eyes open for this new book.