Robert Bell is co-founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, where he heads its research and content development activities.
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.
What Kind of Future Do You Believe In?
November 26, 2013 - What do all of these different activities have in common? They are what people do when they believe in a better future.
The Time for a Revolution is When Things Are Going Great
November 04, 2013 - How do you get a community to change its ways when those ways are working so well?
How Committed Citizens Change the World
October 15, 2013 - 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.
Wanted: Champions of Change
October 07, 2013 - There is innovation rising in rural places as people choose not to let global economics overwhelm cherished ways of life.
Nurturing Innovators, a Teacher Transforms New York City
September 09, 2013 - Beginning in the early 1970s, she worked with a fellow professor at New York University to create a program called the Alternate Media Center.
Cities Where Arts and Innovation Go Hand in Hand
August 05, 2013 - is becoming a Cultural Capital and creating a yearlong program of events worth the cost and effort?
How Successful Cities Create a Culture of Progress
July 15, 2013 - Culture? Why are we asking about that instead of megabits per second or incubators and business accelerators?
The Skills Gap in Manufacturing: An Unwelcome Blast From the Past
July 08, 2013 - Talented young people don't want to work in something as physically demanding, dirty, and economically uncertain as manufacturing.
In Stratford Ontario, a Digital Economic Engine Revs Up
June 17, 2013 - We all recognize the sound of an engine revving up. But when that engine is digital, what sound does it make?
Five Words for the Top7 Intelligent Communities
June 04, 2013 - It's not about the award.
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