Preview of Tomorrow

Preview of Tomorrow

In this podcast series Michael Lake, President and CEO of Leading Cities, speaks with a variety of thought leaders from visionary companies providing actionable solutions to major issues plaguing cities today. These issues range from air pollution to cyber-attacks to infectious disease and more. Michael dives into the inspiration behind each company and how they see themselves evolving in the coming years. This series will equip you with a plethora of valuable knowledge, and if nothing else, enjoy Michael’s amazing Boston accent.

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November 27, 2022 20 min

In 2021 alone, housefires and wildfires accounted for 1.6 billion tonnes of carbon dioxide released into the atmosphere. We are in desperate need of technology that can more accurately identify and extinguish fires before it is too late

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In 2019 alone, 3.5 billion gallons of fuel were wasted due to traffic congestion in the US, leading to more than 36 million tons of excess greenhouse gasses. We now must ask ourselves how existing road infrastructure can be more efficiently used to avoid traffic congestion.

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November 13, 2022 20 min

The concept of urban forestry has become increasingly paramount, in fact, just one mature tree can sequester 22 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Today we present a solution to support the built greenery of our cities.

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November 5, 2022 20 min

Did you know that upwards of 75% of the emissions associated with plastic waste don’t even come from plastic at all? Today we met a digital-twin platform effectively transforming plastic waste into new products without long-distance supply chains or high energy manufacturing. 

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October 29, 2022 18 min

In the chaos of wartime, much of the world is left disconnected from the crisis, unsure of what is needed or how they can help. Today we will explore a mobile application developed in the wake of the Ukrainian refugee crisis to provide visibility, transportation and immediate relief

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October 22, 2022 19 min

Current wayfinding methods are mostly static and not accessible to people who are blind or have low vision - something that is becoming more and more important to building owners and managers 

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October 16, 2022 18 min

Human-induced climate change has spurred a sequence of widespread adverse weather patterns and our world’s cities get pummeled with increasingly violent disasters. How can we invest in infrastructure better equipped to handle such events?

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In a recent poll 48% admit that they could be making more of an effort to do so. Enter Greenerguide, a solution that solves these issues by mapping out user’s energy consumption to plan a more sustainable lifestyle.

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October 1, 2022 17 min

Carbon Limit
As the key building material of most tower blocks, car parks, bridges and dams, concrete has enabled great advancements in our citys’ infrastructure throughout the years. It’s the most widely used man-made material in existence, but it comes with a heavy price. Did you know that for every 1 ton of cement created, an equivalent 1 ton of carbon dioxide is produced? In fact, the cement industry has been so busy that, if it...

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September 25, 2022 20 min

Stormseal
Severe weather patterns and climate-related disasters have jumped 83% since the year 2000, causing an estimated 3 trillion dollars in damage. And while homeowners with insurance are eventually able to repair these damages, in the time it takes to finalize a claim, the average temporary tarp malfunctions anywhere from 5 to 13 times. This begs the question that, if another disaster strikes, how in the world will the average ...

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September 18, 2022 21 min

SAVRpak
1.3 billion tonnes of food are wasted every single year. This translates into about 2.6 Trillion dollars that are lost yearly, simply due to irresponsible food consumption. This, however, isn’t just a money problem; as 8% of the world’s greenhouse gasses are a direct result of food waste. How can we end this trend? 

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September 10, 2022 19 min

Siembra Co.
With 10 years left to achieve the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal #1, No Poverty, more than 730 million people remain below the global poverty line. And of this astounding number, over two-thirds of them work in agriculture. Is this a coincidence or an injustice? How can we solve it?

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September 3, 2022 19 min

Cocoon Technologies
The consequences of traffic stops. A New York Times investigation in 2021 examined why traffic stops for minor offenses sometimes escalate into deadly encounters. Policing is risky for all parties involved, let's make it safer.

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March 27, 2022 19 min

Better Than Recycling Plastic-- Let's Eliminate It.

Roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption goes to waste, and when we say waste, we don’t just mean it doesn’t get eaten. Even after it is discarded food waste is not composted. Instead, it is more often than not, disposed of in ways that are actually harmful to the environment. Now while this is certainly a double whammy when it comes to wastefulness, at leas...

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March 20, 2022 19 min

Detecting Wildfires Before It's Too Late

Wildfires—an ever-growing problem for our ever-growing populations. As the world adds another 1 billion people in the next 15 years, most of them will be living in areas designated as “wildland-urban interfaces”. With more human activities near forests, wildfire risks will increase. The 2020 California wildfires burnt over ten thousand homes, leaving areas of the state in destruction and ...

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Putting the People in "We are the People"

In the United States alone there are more than  89,000 local governments, and less than 1% of these have populations over one million. Despite this, in the US and throughout the rest of the world, there seems to be a disconnect between most local governments and their communities. In this episode,  we will discuss with ITsimple how community engagement can be reinforced through techn...

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March 10, 2022 18 min

Safer than a taxi, cheaper than an ambulance

Mobility is our ability to move from one place to another—to go about our daily activities, moving from one to the next. It is something many of us take for granted. But for others, the lack of specialized transportation options, the expense of those options, and the difficulty accessing them can severely limit their mobility—and their quality of life. Sadly, 80% of non-drivers who have a...

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February 28, 2022 25 min

No more lost packages or excessive carbon emissions

Astonishingly, up to 30% of industrial wood is consumed for the production of shipping pallets & crates! Now, this is a serious issue as it is predicted that if we continue our current rate of deforestation, the Earth will be completely barren of trees in just over 300 years. Ponera modules easily reduce wood consumption, transport weight, and CO2 emissions.

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Avoid Getting Stuck at Railroad Crossings

Trains often stop traffic at railroad crossings for longer than 5 minutes. When that traffic includes an ambulance, the wait for a train to pass reduces the patient's survival rate by 50% or more. Prevent traffic delays and collisions at rail crossings with predictive rail crossing blockage information. TRAINFO predicts rail crossing blockages to prevent traffic delays and collisions.


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February 13, 2022 17 min

The Fountain of Youth for Infrastructure

Corrosion, the silent killer, has plagued our infrastructure since the iron age. Today, it's costing us trillions, and preventing innovative technologies such as offshore wind turbines from becoming more widely implemented. AnCatt has produced anti-corrosion paints and coatings as the world’s first and only heavy-metal free and toxic free high-performance anti-corrosion coating product af...

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