Living Labs Global, a non-profit geared towards innovation and knowledge-sharing in urban environments, today announced its commitment to implement high impact urban and social technologies in 30 cities around the world. The Commitment to Action, announced at the 2012 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting, will help cities directly enhance the quality of life of their citizens by improving the efficiency, accessibility and cost-effectiveness of urban services.
Living Labs Global works to accelerate the diffusion of proven technologies across cities worldwide by connecting the solutions developed by innovators with the decision makers that procure and regulate technologies in cities. Its goal is to open markets to innovators and supply intelligence for cities so local governments invest less public money to greater societal effect.
“Living Labs Global is transforming how cities share their innovations and experiences to improve the lives of citizens worldwide. To date, we have impacted millions of lives through various projects spanning smart parking, homecare technologies, waste management solutions, movie industry innovations, and urban navigation for the visually impaired,” said Sascha Haselmayer, co-founder of Living Labs Global. “These innovations are not only impacting citizens and communities, but also local government spending and knowledge-sharing. Our one-of-a-kind program will improve accountability among city governments and help ensure that citizens are receiving the best possible services from their governments.”
There are more than 557,000 local governments around the world, and they spend about $4.5 trillion each year to deliver important services to their citizens. Cities often invest in re-inventing technologies already available elsewhere resulting in projects costing 20 times more than needed. Living Labs Global helps cities discover innovative solutions to meet their problems and needs through a more transparent marketplace. In the process we help high impact solutions reach citizens at least 3 times faster and help cities save more than 95% on the costs commonly incurred reinventing already existing services and technologies.
Living Labs Global and its sister organization Citymart.com are working to improve local governments’ accountability in the global marketplace and helping cities put citizens’ needs at the center of procurement processes. Using a standard process cities, before making final investment decisions, articulate their challenges and needs, are connected with globally available solutions, and engage all stakeholders through real-life pilots in their communities. Since 2009, urban and social innovations have been successfully piloted and implemented in cities in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas, addressing major societal challenges affecting more than 285 million people.
The Commitment to Action presented as part of the CGI Annual Meeting today, is underwritten by global cities such as Rio De Janeiro, Brazil; San Francisco, California; Barcelona, Spain; Lagos, Nigeria; and Lavasa, India. More than a thousand solution providers, including corporate partners such as Oracle Corporation and The Climate Group are committed to co-investing in implementing the most promising solutions. In the past 3 years this process covered 42 cities, 1,519 solutions, and 248 expert jurors supporting the selection process.
In times of economic austerity and budget cuts, Living Labs Global helps cities and technology providers accelerate the adoption of new high impact solutions at a fraction of the cost so that local governments can spend less to achieve more.
About Living Labs Global
Living Labs Global and its sister social impact organization Citymart.com are based in Copenhagen (Denmark) and Barcelona (Spain), working with 50 cities and 1,000 companies and research centers in Europe, Africa, Asia and the Americas with a mission to open the market for service innovation in cities and overcome key technology, organization and trade barriers.
The flagship “LLGA: Cities Pilot the Future” program is an annual process over 8 months in which cities present their challenges and provide guidance to the business and technology community on future investment plans and needs. Follow progress on Twitter @livinglabsaward and Facebook at facebook.com/LLGA2012.
To view our latest pilot go to llga.org/pilot.php?idPilot=5
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEO’s, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date, CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.
CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world. For more information, visit clintonglobalinitiative.org and follow us on Twitter @ClintonGlobal and Facebook at facebook.com/clintonglobalinitiative.