As collecting and synthesizing vast sets of urban data becomes easier and more affordable, mayors and city managers are focusing on innovative ways to put it to use. So-called big data serves as a common language between people who may never have spoken, inspiring collaboration, offering metrics for decision making, and turning seemingly unrelated ideas into powerful insights that can solve the most complex problems city dwellers and leaders confront.
Geoff Mulgan, chief executive, Nesta
Emer Coleman, architect, London Datastore
Michael Flowers, analytics director, Office of Policy and Strategic Planning, City of New York
Anthony Townsend, author, “Smart Cities”