Is the Sharing Economy Making Cities Less Cooperative?

Airbnb, Taskrabbit, and Other Apps Are Re-Shaping Urban Life—and Breaking Down Communities

These days every city claims to be a “smart” city, or is becoming one, with heavy investments in modern information and computing technology to attract businesses and make the city competitive.

But when mayors and developers focus on technology rather than people, smart quickly becomes stupid, threatening to exacerbate inequality and undermine the social cooperation essential to successful cities. After researching leading cities around the world, we’ve concluded that truly smart cities will be those that deploy modern technology …


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How Can We Get Young Californians to Prepare for Their Financial Future?

Make Retirement Contributions a Simple, Default Option for a New Labor Force

The good news: It turns out the millennial generation (born between 1982 and 2003) are super savers, and have banked more than either Generation X or baby boomers had at the same age. The bad news: Millennials hop from job to job so often that they lose thousands in potential 401(k) retirement savings. Perhaps worse: Most of this new labor force will not retire until age 73. That will leave your average millennial with about 11 years of retirement to …