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Strategic City-Making in an Uncertain World

Cities may be constitutionally subordinate to the nation-state, but they play a global leadership role in managing a complex array of policy issues. The shift to a knowledge-based urban economy will further raise the premium of municipal leadership around the world.

In Canada, forward-looking metropolitan regions and middle-sized cities that receive adequate support building the next-generation of “hard” and “soft” infrastructures have a realistic hope of securing a “second mover” advantage in a qualitatively different stage of economic and social development.

That is why strengthening municipal leadership is not only in Canada’s long-term economic interest, it is a strategic imperative.


The Global Knowledge Mobility Nexus (2020)

In today’s complex world, intelligent decision-making in both the public and private sectors is contingent on an in-depth knowledge of global mega-trends and their interconnections.  

The Global Knowledge Mobility Nexus establishes an interpretive framework for understanding these converging mega-trends as well as their political, economic, and social implications.  

As a forward-looking document, it supports the foresight activities (ie., environmental scanning and scenario planning activities) featured in Developing A Global Mindset: Adopting a Strategic Approach to Knowledge Mobilization. 

How this Strategic Intelligence Brief is Structured

Part One surveys the geopolitical shifts and realignments that are overturning many core assumptions about international power relations and systems of governance.

Part Two examines powerful transportation and mobility infrastructures that are extending their networked connections through a complex process of interdisciplinary knowledge sharing, rapid adaptation, and continuous learning. 

Part Three explores how intensive urbanization and city-to-city diplomacy is redefining the global knowledge economy and traditional notions of national sovereignty. 

Enterprising organizations that understand these forces can better anticipate the cascading effects of disruptive change and establish a solid basis for complex problem solving.