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Equal and respectful citizen access=participation=sustainability
May 08, 2013 Candace B3

Without sustainability the cities and therefore the planet cannot maintain. As has been pointed out numerous times this will not happen without the participation and awareness of the citizenry. You don't have to look far to see that for the most part the world's citizenry is feeling overwhelmed, disrespected, isolated, alienated, disenfranchised. The conflicts, the Arab Spring, the Occupy movement, Wikileaks, Anonymous, random acts of violence- these are all people with something to say who are feeling left out. In order to get to smart cities and sustainability we must first find a way to make engagement, participation and access open to all people. I see this as a priority since many of the other projects will not work without the participation of those for whom they are designed.

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