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.
Renewable energy is reaching a similar moment - its 'iPhone moment'. Technology advances and accumulated expertise in construction and deployment of wind and solar energy have come together in a way that has created a true tipping point in the energy industry.
I first came across the "challenger bank" through friends. At the end of a lunch out, my pal Muhsin got out a bright orange card to pay the bill. The waiter instantly recognised it - once you've seen it, you can't un-see it - and the pair started chatting about its merits.
Engineers have a huge role to play in this. Engineers extract water from source, distribute it and ensure it is clean and safe to drink. They make the machines that manufacture medicines. Engineers convert power, be it hydroelectric, thermal or nuclear and distribute it to the public, and are doing so in increasingly green ways.
Cognitive diversity means valuing ways of thinking outside of an apparent normal. It means supporting and keeping people through periods of illness, not just because it is the right thing to do, but because a homogenous workforce creates a vulnerable culture and set of capabilities. To promote cognitive diversity, leaders should consider the following:
The Proximity Button is a small badge that is worn by the person with dementia. The Button connects to the Proximity app on the carer's phone via Bluetooth. If the person wearing the Button wanders too far from the carer and their smartphone, it will alarm to alert them. Simple.
Hurrah!!! A Mindfulness Guide for the Frazzled became number one in the first week of its life in paperback. Thank you all... I'm celebrating now but ...
My father passed away too young due to cancer and I promised him during his last moments that I would try to make a difference to the lives of other people suffering like him. He always tried to change situations for the better, and it's also in my nature to find out if there is a possible solution to an issue; during my research my sleep was disturbed until I found a solution!
My innovation is called the Thames Deckway; a unique high-impact civil engineering project for smart cities - providing safe, green transport infrastructure. The Thames Deckway will create an exciting cycling experience removed from London's dangerous roads that encourages people to cycle who would otherwise not
It is smaller than your smartphone. It plugs into your laptop with a standard USB cable. What is it? A new DNA sequencer. This week, it has been named amongst Science magazine's top 10 breakthroughs of the year.
Ending age apartheid and promoting social integration between generations can help build a country for all ages, where we are united not divided. In Brexit Britain that must be an ambition worth sharing and pursuing.