What does this year hold for the urban innovation agenda in the UK? Like many others, I completely failed to predict the Brexit vote or the Trump Presidency. But I'm having another go at the crystal ball gazing this year because I still think it's useful to speculate about - and prepare for - the future. So, here are my five predictions for UK cities in 2017.
Politicians should know better than to presume that flogging a dead horse will get the UK's oil industry back up-and-running. If anything, by attempting to jumpstart production with public funds, we'll simply perpetuate industrial recession. That's not good business and it's not good politics. Then again, it does make for a half-decent soundbite.
Situated to the north of the UK and almost completely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Scotland is a magically scenic destination. Once used for beach pictures in an advert for Thailand, there's no doubting Scotland's claim to being one of the most beautiful places in the world, you just need to be prepared to handle the 'temperamental' weather!