Our cities are our greatest invention. They are places where human diversity and talent cluster to foster unrivaled creativity, innovation, and prosperity. Home to half of the world’s population, housing more than three billion people globally, too many of our cities are disconnected from the global economy and even many of the most advanced cities have pockets of disadvantage and poverty. If we want to raise global living standards and improve the health and well-being of all our residents, we have to start by making our cities more prosperous and livable. We need simple solutions that can be replicated in any community.
That’s why we’re excited to announce the launch of the Philips Livable Cities Award. This year-long program honors outside-of-the-box thinkers who have ideas that demonstrate simple, practical solutions for improving the health and well-being of the people living, working, and playing in their city. Richard Florida will be joined by an international panel of experts to develop the award criteria.
The initiative was introduced to highlight the complex challenges faced by the residents of today’s cities and to encourage individuals, community groups, and businesses to develop novel strategies and solutions that can help their communities become more livable, sustainable, and prosperous, and can be readily executed and replicated in communities worldwide.