The EU is humanity’s greatest achievement and cities are crucial for its future success

For many of us, Brexit has been a shock to the system. Very few saw it coming, and most still don’t know how to interpret it. To me personally, Brexit felt like having one of your 27 close friends stand up on the table, smash all the plates and glasses they could get their feet …

Crossover: alternative recruitment through global & local tournaments

Recently, Crossover for Work has successfully developed, tested, and deployed various concepts of alternative recruitment channels for programmers, tailored to the psychology and expectations of each candidate, alongside the traditional online individual hiring through its own recruitment and testing platform: crossover.com. Sorin Zavelita, Crossover Country Manager said that shortly after launch, hiring tournaments organised on-premises and …

Naples – a city of pollution and congestion

One of the most polluted cities of Italy is Naples (or Napoli), and it is currently facing a multitude of environmental and infrastructural issues. The waste crisis, the streets full of potholes, the unbreathable air, the high pollution and the congestion all affect the development of the city and, implicitly, its citizens. Naples is renowned for …

Challenging the banality of the bus stop

Public transportation is an important issue for commuters all over the world – every day millions of passengers use it to go to work, school or run errands. At the moment, one of the most stringent problems of urban public transportation is represented by bus/tram stops. This is brought about by several reasons, among which …

Sustainable governance through collaborative planning

Governments are not set up for rapid change. By implementing collaborative planning strategies or collaborative rationality, there is an opportunity for sustainable governance. Utilizing collaborative planning strategies, decisions are made through the interaction of various stakeholders to reach a decision regarding the problems that exist within a system. In order to reach a consensus, cohesive …

How alternative philanthropy builds community

Most people are familiar with traditional forms of giving and philanthropy. On a small level this might look like volunteering work hours and donating a percentage of your income to a charity or nonprofit of your choice. On a larger scale we see philanthropy take shape through foundations and corporate giving. They are models that …

Smart cities: trends and challenges

As a result of intense urban migration and the “unplanned” development of our cities, several solutions have been developed and tested in different fields since the 80s. A consequence of these attempts to solve urban problems is the rise of the “Smart City” concept. Around the world, old cities have been retrofitted and some brand …

Yplan – how youth reclaimed 4 public spaces in Bucharest

Public space quality represents one of many criteria showing that Romania’s cities are lagging compared to Western cites. Public space, an essential part of every city that according to UN-Habitat should cover at least 30% of its total surface, has a central role when it comes to the success of already famous cities such as …

Sustainable cities: the challenge of pollution

In developed countries, after decades of high-pollution landfill practices, waste collection and waste treatment systems have moved toward the recovery of materials (recycling and re-use) and of energy (incineration). These less polluting activities have made our trash a profitable industry with excellent market expectations, consequently attracting energy multinationals and recycling companies, as well as mafia groups. …