Robert Bell

Co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum

Robert Bell is co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, where he heads its research and content development activities. He is the author of ICF's pioneering study, Benchmarking the Intelligent Community, the annual Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the Year white papers and other research reports issued by the Forum, and of Broadband Economies: Creating the Community of the 21st Century. Mr. Bell has also authored articles in The Municipal Journal of Telecommunications Policy, IEDC Journal, Telecommunications, Asia-Pacific Satellite and Asian Communications; and has appeared in segments of ABC World News and The Discovery Channel. A frequent keynote speaker and moderator at municipal and telecom industry events, he has also led economic development missions and study tours to cities in Asia and the US.

March 2, 2015

Net Neutrality: Bad in Theory, Good in Practice?

If you give billions of people and organizations a chance to practice with the Internet, they can create something of enormous value, whose impact is just beginning to be seen.

January 21, 2015

Getting From Smart to Intelligent

While Smart City technologies make cities work better, Intelligent Community strategies create better cities, where people and organizations thrive and prosper in the global broadband economy.

December 29, 2014

Does Government Really Know Anything About Innovation?

The short answer is yes -- a lot of research lately is about incubators, government innovation offices and efforts to turn local economies into innovation ecosystems.

December 4, 2014

What’s the Second Act for the World’s First Intelligent Community?

In 1999, Singapore was named the Intelligent Community Forum's very first Intelligent Community of the Year. Fifteen years later, what has the "smart nation" come up with?

November 12, 2014

Can You Build an Economy and Save a Life at the Same Time?

San Francisco may be obsessed with software these days, but advanced manufacturing generates about $1 billion in direct and indirect revenue for the local economy. It also saved a man’s life.

October 13, 2014

Why the Next Wave of Automation May Replace Your Boss

A global consulting firm predicts much of the work of bosses, including that dismal arithmetic, will be automated in coming years.

September 9, 2014

When is it Fair to Deny Broadband to a Neighborhood?

The intriguing part of the Google Fiber story is not its speed – it’s the way it is being deployed.

July 7, 2014

Pigs, Cows and Footballs Need Broadband, Too

Despite the amazing progress of the past 20 years, the broadband revolution is just getting started, and nothing illustrates that better than the rise of the Internet of Things.

June 17, 2014

Intelligent Communities Find the Upside of Immigration

As the broadband revolution reshapes our economy, those with the skills and virtuous habits to compete live in one version of your nation, while those without live in another. In every nation, the immigrants are there to point up the distinction.

May 7, 2014

How One Man Set Out to Build a Creative Economy – and Did

April 11, 2014

What You Can Learn from the Intelligent Communities of Taiwan

How did a small island -- a third-world country in 1950 -- create an advanced economy that today produces most of the world’s silicon chips, motherboards, laptops and tablets?

March 4, 2014

Small Towns Face a New Digital Challenge – at the Movie Theater

Small theaters across the country must convert to digital format -- at $60-$70 thousand dollars per projector, or go out of business.

February 5, 2014

How Did 17 Million Kenyans Exchange $20 Billion Last Year?

In 2007, a mobile carrier called Safaricom introduced a new money transfer service called M-Pesa.

January 13, 2014

You Will Never Stop Building Towers

Stockholm has done it. So has Dublin, Ohio and the entire nation of Australia. Next on the list: Lac Ste. Ann County?

December 17, 2013

Are Smart Cities Empty Hype?

Municipal leaders need to respect the limits of the present. But those limits should never be permitted to define the future.

November 26, 2013

What Kind of Future Do You Believe In?

What do all of these different activities have in common? They are what people do when they believe in a better future.

November 4, 2013

The Time for a Revolution is When Things Are Going Great

How do you get a community to change its ways when those ways are working so well?

October 15, 2013

How Committed Citizens Change the World

More properly termed the Cartel Protection Act, the law blocks every other Louisiana municipality from owning and operating a network offering service to the public – which effectively frees the incumbents not to compete where they don’t want to.

October 7, 2013

Wanted: Champions of Change

There is innovation rising in rural places as people choose not to let global economics overwhelm cherished ways of life.

September 9, 2013

Nurturing Innovators, a Teacher Transforms New York City

Beginning in the early 1970s, she worked with a fellow professor at New York University to create a program called the Alternate Media Center.

August 5, 2013

Cities Where Arts and Innovation Go Hand in Hand

is becoming a Cultural Capital and creating a yearlong program of events worth the cost and effort?

July 15, 2013

How Successful Cities Create a Culture of Progress

Culture? Why are we asking about that instead of megabits per second or incubators and business accelerators?

July 8, 2013

The Skills Gap in Manufacturing: An Unwelcome Blast From the Past

Talented young people don’t want to work in something as physically demanding, dirty, and economically uncertain as manufacturing.

June 17, 2013

In Stratford Ontario, a Digital Economic Engine Revs Up

We all recognize the sound of an engine revving up. But when that engine is digital, what sound does it make?

June 4, 2013

Five Words for the Top7 Intelligent Communities

It's not about the award.

May 28, 2013

Toronto: A City So Smart, It Just May Be Intelligent

If somebody asked you to spend $9 billion to make a once-in-a-century improvement in your nation’s biggest city, what would you do?

May 6, 2013

The Creative Class is Flunking Out. What’s Next?

"The benefits of appealing to the creative class accrue largely to its members – and do little to make anyone else any better off.”

April 15, 2013

The Radical Openness of Columbus, Ohio, USA

What Mayor Coleman’s effort seems to have brought about was a culture of radical openness to the world. And we know from our study of Intelligent Communities that such openness has extraordinary value.

March 13, 2013

For Once, Automation May Be Good News for the Less-Skilled

"The Robot Will See You Now."

February 25, 2013

Offshoring? That's So 20th Century! Or Is It?

Almost half of really big US firms plan to “reshore” some of their operations.

February 19, 2013

Whatever Happened to the Giant Sucking Sound?

he Giant Sucking Sound came to stand for two decades of concern about the offshoring and outsourcing of employment from high-cost zones like the US, Canada and Europe to low-cost zones from Mexico and Eastern Europe to China and Vietnam.

January 30, 2013

Communities at the Center, Communities at the Edge

Something else about the 2013 Top7 stood out. There was a dramatic and instructive spread between what I think of as the Center and the Edge.

January 15, 2013

Smart or Intelligent? Why Not Be Both?

January 2, 2013

Building the ‘Shake ‘n Bake’ City

"These are magnificent visions: soaring above the mundane, challenging precedent and inspiring high ambition. I think they may do some good. But I am really grateful that nobody is investing my money in them."

December 27, 2012

‘Smart’ or ‘Intelligent’ – Which Should a City Try to Be?

Technology, leverage and a better future.

November 12, 2012

After the Election, Is Government Still the Problem?

Higher productivity and greater innovation no longer automatically lead to a higher standard of living for most.

October 29, 2012

Guest Blog: The Google eTown Award is Moncton’s Latest Honor

How did Moncton do it?

September 24, 2012

Cities are Old News – Rural Areas Are Where It’s At

Cities – even ones as vast as London, Paris or Frankfurt – are small islands in a sea of farmland and forest.

September 4, 2012

When Robots are the Competition, Humans Have to Raise Their Game

“If you think that’s bad, wait until the next generation of robots.”

August 20, 2012

Which America Do Americans Live In? Check the Diploma

It’s official: there are now three Americas.

August 6, 2012

Where Have All the Jobs Gone? Blame ICT

"The economy now produces more goods and services than it did before the downturn officially began in December 2007. But it does so with almost five million fewer jobs."

July 17, 2012

The Man Who Discovered the Value of Innovation

Everybody accepts today that innovation is the thing that drives our economy. But how do we know? Seriously. Where did the idea come from and how do we know it’s true?

July 2, 2012

In the Broadband Economy, Small Places Rule

Your geographic location counts for much less than your connectivity.

June 8, 2012

How to Select Your Very Own Intelligent Community of the Year

By the time communities join the Top Seven, they are all winners and their stories contribute to better understanding around the world of local economic success in the 21st Century.

May 23, 2012

Is Silicon Valley an Intelligent Community? Not So Much

Government played no role whatsoever – which is why the success of the Valley is marred by overcrowding, sky-high property prices, and uneconomic commuting patterns that are bad for the environment.

May 3, 2012

Building Clusters from the Ground Up

The analysis of 1,600 companies found that regional and national clusters were "irrelevant for innovation."

April 16, 2012

The Cluster Evolves as a Tech Development Paradigm

"Pick a hot industry, build a technology park next to a research university, provide incentives for businesses to relocate, add some venture capital and then watch the magic happen."

April 9, 2012

How to Persuade Apple to Donate iPads to your School - Maybe

How do we move from good intentions to action?

March 7, 2012

The Latest Intelligent Community Institute is All About Adaption

Four out of five users will click away if a video stalls while loading.

February 22, 2012

The Cultural DNA Inside an Innovation Engine

I am prepared for mental boggling because of the way that innovation in Oulu is driven by its cultural DNA.

February 15, 2012

Good News on Income Inequality from Austin, Texas, USA

Income inequality – with all of its educational, cultural, ethnic and social impacts – is the new American problem, and to a lesser extent, is a problem in all developed economies.

February 6, 2012

Some Innovations Deserve to Get Left in the Lab

Timeline, if you haven’t encountered it, is a setting in Facebook that arranges all of your posts, pictures, games and videos in chronological order.

January 16, 2012

How Communities Cope with the Rise of the Machines

E-commerce reduces demand for retail staff. Streaming video wipes out video rental. Kiosks in airports and hotels replace clerks.

December 30, 2011

Apologies to Mayor Bloomberg

The 21st Century will be shaped by two things new under the sun. One is widespread and increasingly powerful broadband connectivity. The other is that, if you have the skills to make productive use of that connectivity, your choice of a place to live and work no longer depends on the opportunities in the local economy.

December 21, 2011

What Will It Take for Technology to Truly Transform Teaching?

Does ICT, properly applied, enhance education, or is it just cool?

December 9, 2011

What Will Users Do with Gigabit Broadband?

“What could you do with the world’s fastest Internet?”

November 23, 2011

A Tax Increase That Even an American Could Love

Duluth was one of the ten most distressed cities in America as old-line industries shed jobs and closed factories.

November 18, 2011

When the Country Mouse Goes to Town

Big cities are costly places to live, to work and to start and grow a business.

November 13, 2011

The Smart21 of 2012: Pursuing Economic and Social Transformation

Why did the Smart21Comunities of the Year start the difficult quest to transform their economy and society through information and communications technology?

November 12, 2011

Can the Economic Development Cluster Go Virtual?

It is striving to create an economic development cluster that is virtual rather than local.

October 12, 2011

Why Australia Chose to Build the National Broadband Network

NBN is a bold attempt to apply on a national scale the strategy executed so successfully by Intelligent Communities like Stockholm, Dublin and Stratford.

September 26, 2011

How Communities Can Beat the Jobless Recovery

Today, in your community, you and your fellow citizens can do something to begin taking the “jobless” out of recovery.

September 12, 2011

The Day New York Became One Community

The taste of mortality was in our mouths, and we exhibited a strange and poignant courtesy to each other.

September 6, 2011

What Do Rural People Need Broadband For Anyway?

And if you can find a Starbucks out there in Nowheresville, you never hear anybody ordering a part-skim, part-soy double-shot macchiato. What possible use can they have for broadband?

August 29, 2011

The Challenge and Promise of Rural Broadband

Once you are used to a multi-megabit connection to the Web, your habits tend to converge on it.

August 22, 2011

Why Half of the World’s People Don’t Live in Cities

People who live in rural communities don’t want to live in cities.

August 16, 2011

Noise Through Which the Signal is Delivered

The same tools helping to foster the Arab Spring work just as well for those whose only ideology is theft and destruction.

August 1, 2011

"I Just Want It to Stop!"

Whatever the origins of this desire, it creates a large constituency for an impossible idea: that we can go back.

July 25, 2011

Governing Best, Not Governing Least

Intelligent Communities have activist governments. They are guided by a vision of the community's future and are willing to act on that vision.

July 18, 2011

Culture and Connectivity

The developments soon come to resemble the slums from which the residents fled. And more homes are abandoned as their value declines.

July 18, 2011

Invent or Innovate?

only one of out every 500 patents issued in this highly inventive land has the remotest trace of commercial potential.

June 27, 2011

What Makes a Community Intelligent?

You can't have an Intelligent Community full of dumb people. Because, however visionary, a leader with no followers is just a guy out taking a walk.

June 13, 2011

Intelligent Communities Are Platforms for Innovation

Given the excitement around the Award, our other announcement didn't get much attention.

May 31, 2011

Innovation – In and Out of the Box

It is also a perfect example of the restless energy and endless experimentation I found throughout Windsor-Essex, as it strives to build a future 10 times better than its recent past.

May 18, 2011

Can You Believe They Are Doing That in Windsor-Essex?

It is the driving force of their transformation, more than technology, strategy or clever programs.

May 4, 2011

The Other Side of Success

No matter how well your community rides today's economic wave, sooner or later the tide will turn.

April 25, 2011

Nude Pictures, Email and the Lessons of Lacey

It was what followed next that gives me heart. The prosecutor talked with the kids and their parents and decided not to press charges.

April 17, 2011

Broadband, the Elderly and the Immigrants

Gradually and haltingly, familiarity reduces fear and suspicion yields to trust.

April 10, 2011

The Unexpected Value of the Network

My title suggests I am going to be writing about broadband, but the network and value I want to describe are of a completely different kind.

April 5, 2011

How Cool Is That? Urban Data in the Third Dimension

Issy 3D uses the same "engine" as an online video game to create the cityscape.

March 28, 2011

What is the World's Coolest Broadband App?

These broadband apps are not headed to the top of Apple's App Store list. But they have a compensating advantage: they do real good in the world.

March 7, 2011

Intelligence and Austerity

North Americans and Europeans are going to be engaged for the next few years in a lot of deficit cutting, so spread the pain widely and fairly.

February 28, 2011

Winning the Future in Eindhoven

Innovation takes place at the local level, through patient, collaborative effort that racks up small victories, one after the other.

February 22, 2011

The Tortoise, the Hare and Issy-les-Moulineaux

Issy of the Windmills (as its name translates into English) has an employment rate of 96 percent. More than 75 percent of its companies are in information and communications technologies, and they created 3,500 new jobs over the past 3 years.

February 10, 2011

The Invisible Bridges of Dublin

Infrastructure – visible or not, inspiring or not – enables economic growth.

January 31, 2011

Making Lemonade in Chattanooga

When life hands you lemons, the saying goes, make lemonade.

January 10, 2011

We Are the Champions

Blandin has selected 11 Demonstration Communities across the state, ranging from the city of Worthington (population 11,000) to Cook County with its 5 people per square mile.

January 3, 2011

The End of the Ownership Society?

Every person who will have a measurable effect on the economy, society and politics in the next few decades is alive today.

December 16, 2010

Immigration, the Internet and Inclusion

But the need for inclusion seems clear, as dramatically expressed by Chancellor Angela Merkel in a speech in which she said that "the multicultural society has utterly failed."

December 6, 2010

Who Are We Trying to Digitally Include?

Blessings, however are unevenly distributed. Stark disparity is the way of things, whether between nations, regions or the citizens of our own community.

November 17, 2010

How to Get from "Stuck" to "Started"

A great deal of attention is paid to digital inclusion of the elderly but the digital exclusion of another group is far more important.

November 1, 2010

Go Online -- Or Else!

Communities need to work on digital inclusion because, otherwise, their success in building a digital economy and culture will worsen the exclusion of those already at the margins.

October 25, 2010

How Smart is Your E-Government Service?

The more forward-looking hospitals are highly responsive online, which tends to improve how they are perceived, while the backward ignore the thing and hope it all goes away.

October 15, 2010

Sugar Beets in the Broadband Economy

ICF is one of many organizations helping Blandin deliver on a $4.7 million broadband stimulus grant from the US Federal government.

September 29, 2010

From Awards to Community Transformation

We are glad to pinpoint potential and salute achievement, but that's not the point. Our aim is transformation.

September 29, 2010

Intelligent Communities Find a Silver Lining in the Cloud

Whether you call it cloud computing or software-as-a-service, it means purchasing hosted IT solutions from third parties.

September 15, 2010

Balderdash -- Or Maybe Not

Does social media foster so much creativity, with so few barriers to entry that you don't need to be in New York anymore?

September 8, 2010

Putting the Recession to Work

A hot economy makes everybody a hero.  (See "Real Estate, Las Vegas.")  An economy in recession or slow and halting recovery gives the ...

August 30, 2010

Smart Grid, Smarter City

Albert Einstein supposedly once wrote that "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again but expecting different results."  Whether or not the ...

August 23, 2010

Incubators and the Amazing Shrinking Office

I have been thinking a lot about real estate lately.  Money has a wonderful power to concentrate the mind.   A year from now, ...

August 16, 2010

The Freest City in the World

While I was on vacation far away, something took place in New York City that made me proud to work there and contribute as a ...

July 28, 2010

If You Don't Have Startups, You Don't Have Jobs

I spent half of last week in the US states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Texas.  I was there to help the Coordinating and Development ...

July 21, 2010

Does Broadband Make Kids Smarter?

It was a story that would stop any Intelligent Community in its tracks.   Economists at the University of Chicago studied the educational outcomes of ...

July 14, 2010

103° F. in the Shade and Feeling Fine

It was one hundred three degrees Fahrenheit (39° C.) in New York City's Central Park on Wednesday.  The temperature set records.  A newspaper reporter ...

July 14, 2010

Walking the Line

A few years ago, I acquired property on the coast of the state of Maine.  Soon after, a neighbor invited me to "walk the ...

June 23, 2010

The World Cup and the Wringing of Hands

The World Cup and the Wringing of Hands As the world's people gather around television sets to watch the World Cup, let us acknowledge that ...

June 1, 2010

Live from Building the Broadband Economy 1-5

Live from Building the Broadband Economy #5 We are hearing from Professor Cheol-Soo Parkof SungKyunKwan University in Suwon, who was designated by the city's Mayor to ...

May 12, 2010

Immigrants in a Digital Nation

I have an abiding interest in a question that is on the mind of every parent able to afford today's marvels of networking, the mobile ...

April 28, 2010

Let's Get It Done

Listen to the podcast     Follow ICF on Twitter You can actually feel the difference between an emerging economy and a mature ...

April 20, 2010

Building a Better Future, One Student at a Time

Listen to the podcast    Follow ICF on Twitter Until the US financial industry imploded in 2009, columnists like the New York Times' Tom ...

March 29, 2010

The 10 Best Ideas from the Other 14 Communities (#3)

The top strategy executive of a telecom firm recently shared with me this pithy sentence: "Structure follows strategy." It's a good saying, because it expresses ...

March 2, 2010

The Power of Citizen Relationship Management

At the heart of a performance-driven culture for city government is a "Citizen Relationship Management" (CRM) model that provides a single environment to integrate departmental ...

February 16, 2010

The 10 Best Ideas from the Other Smart21 Communities of the Year

Listen to the podcast      Follow ICF on Twitter Now that ICF has announced its Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the ...

February 2, 2010

Hot Spots of Innovation

Hot Spots of Innovation Listen to the podcast    Follow ICF on Twitter Recently, we announced our 2010 Top Seven Intelligent Communities of the ...

January 19, 2010

Intelligent Communities: The North American Way

Listen to the podcast     Follow ICF on Twitter I wrote in earlier posts about the Asian Way and the European Way ...

January 12, 2010

Intelligent Communities: The European Way

Listen to the podcast    Follow me on Twitter Is there a distinctly European way to be an Intelligent Community?  In my ...

December 23, 2009

Intelligent Communities: The Asian Way

It is usually a bad idea to generalize about big regions of the world, and never more so than in Asia.  A much-traveled business ...

December 8, 2009

Communities in the Cloud

Listen to the podcast     Follow me on Twitter I just finished reading a report on the future of science parks.  ...

November 30, 2009

Gigabit Broadband for the Urban Poor

Listen to the podcast    Follow me on Twitter Something interesting is happening in Cleveland, Ohio, USA.  Cleveland is home to world-class ...

November 23, 2009

Innovate Globally - If the Locals Will Let You

Listen to the podcast      Follow me on Twitter Innovation is a global issue.  In a new poll released by ...

November 11, 2009

Smarter Cities May be the Key to Survival

At the start of the 20th century, only about 10% of humanity lived in cities.  Today, over 50% live in urban environments. By the middle of ...

November 3, 2009

The Seven Deadly Digital Sins

Listen to the podcast    Follow me on Twitter It was way back in 590 AD that Pope Gregory the First made the list ...

October 27, 2009

Making the Jump to Light Speed

Dakota Future is a countywide economic development corporation in Dakota County, Minnestoa on the southern edge of the Twin Cities Metropolitan Area.  Within the ...

October 22, 2009

The Smart21 and My Digital Inclusion Moment

Listen to the podcast  -  Follow me on Twitter Well, it's official. On Friday evening, we named the Smart21 Communities of 2010 at a ...

October 13, 2009

Keeping it Real in Dakota County

Listen to the podcast - Follow me on Twitter Back I was a newly-minted college graduate, I did what many young men and women do ...

October 7, 2009

Unexpected Lessons from the Telecom Gold Rush

I am writing this from the 2009 "Leveraging Technology for Community Development" being produced by the City of Moncton, a Top Seven Intelligent Community of 2009.  ...

October 1, 2009

The Season of Bright Ideas

Listen to the podcast Here in the northeast corner of the United States, we are enjoying a beautiful start to autumn, with bright warm days ...

September 23, 2009

The Myths That Hold Communities Back

Listen to the podcast While on a trip to London this week, I took a day to visit Birmingham.  It's about 90 minutes north on ...

September 16, 2009

The Shout Heard 'Round the Web

Listen to the podcast While running for President of the United States, Barack Obama developed a mighty online fundraising machine.  In the first two ...

September 9, 2009

Small Town, Big World

I am in the little town of Salem in the state of New Hampshire this weekend for the marriage of my eldest daughter.  It ...

August 31, 2009

The Zettabyte Era - Or Why the Future Is Never Like the Past

Listen to the podcast The future is never like the past.  Which is a darned shame, because we naturally base our vision of the ...

August 24, 2009

Bringing the Kids Back Home - Part Two

At ICF, we really have just one mission.   We want to help communities to become or to remain places where the next generation ...

August 10, 2009

Send an Email, Save the Planet

America is full of people with quaint ideas.  The current effort to reform the health care market is turning up stories like one from ...

August 5, 2009


What does a plugged-in person do for rest and relaxation? The question occurs to me as I drive north with my wife on vacation.  ...

July 27, 2009

We Like What We're Used To - Even When We Don't

Listen to the podcast Here's an experiment you can do at home.  Fold your hands with your fingers interlaced, thumbs on top, one of ...

July 21, 2009

The Pressure is On

Listen to the podcast I spend a lot of time talking or writing about the "broadband economy."  And when I'm doing it, I suspect ...

July 15, 2009

The Habit of Change

Listen to the podcast Shortly after dawn, on a lonesome rural highway, a guy stops at a roadside restaurant for some breakfast.  Seated at ...

July 6, 2009

Bringing the Kids Back Home

Listen to the podcast This week, we opened nominations for our 2010 Intelligent Community Awards, and also released our latest white paper.  It's called The ...

June 30, 2009

The Solution to Online Fraud

Listen to the podcast It started when an unusual package crossed my desk the other day. Arriving by express mail, it contained a set of ...

June 22, 2009

"Hacktivists" and the Rising Tide of Democracy in Iran

Listen to the podcast "The core lesson of these events is that the Iranian regime is fragile at the core. Like all autocratic regimes, it ...

June 16, 2009

When Communities Invest in Biotech Clusters

Listen to the podcast At a recent global biotech convention in Atlanta, Georgia, 27 US states each paid as much as $100,000 for a place on the ...

June 8, 2009

Are You a Mandarin or a Maven?

Mayors, city managers and Councils deal every day with a natural tension between the mandarins and the mavens. "Mandarins" were the bureaucrats of Imperial China.&...

June 1, 2009

Did Anybody Check with the Foreigners?

Americans like to think of themselves as being different from other people.  Professors have a term for it.  They call it "American exceptionalism."&...

May 11, 2009

What Will be the Best Part of Building the Broadband Economy?

It's my job every year to develop the program for our Building the Broadband Economy Summit and recruit the speakers and panelists.  I get ...

May 4, 2009

The Viral Marketing of an Influenza Virus

Like you, I have been following closely the news coverage of the swine flu virus, or as we must now call it, Influenza A(H1...

April 28, 2009

Dealing with The Innovator's Dilemma

I'm reading a 2000 business bestseller called The Innovator's Dilemma by Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen.  The book is about technology innovation and, ...

April 17, 2009

Online in School: A Revolution in Progress

If you follow this blog, you'll know that the three founders of ICF have been out on the road visiting the Top Seven Intelligent Communities ...

April 11, 2009

What's the Web Doing to Your Community?

On Fridays, National Public Radio in the US runs a show called "On the Media."  The April 3 show (play it here using the link ...

March 27, 2009

Learning How to Fall

Sports and recreation frequently lead to falling down.  Whether it's American football or the equestrian arts, gymnastics or judu, you are going to spend ...

March 14, 2009

Flash News: Web has Potential

I live in a small town in the suburbs of New York City, where the local paper recently ran a story that caught my eye.&...

March 6, 2009

Is Broadband the Boost Your Economy Needs?

I am writing this from the CeBit show in Hannover Germany, which is the world's largest information technology trade fair, typically attracting a half million ...

February 22, 2009

In Government, Can Big Be Better?

Like it or not, governments are taking a more active role in economies than at any time since the 1930s and 1940s.  Free market ...