The future demands more inclusive cities.
Cities are the beating hearts of nations. They are the places where people and cultures collide, expanding perspectives, powering creativity and generating new opportunities. Pre-COVID-19 projections showed that two-thirds of the global population will be living in cities by 2050, up from 55% in 2018, according to the United Nations. And while that growth holds unlimited promise, it also comes with risk, especially in the post-COVID world.
Progress starts on the local level. Building a more inclusive digital economy involves partnering with all city stakeholders to drive growth and expand access to opportunity for all residents, paving the way for economic mobility and sustainable wealth creation.
That means designing technological innovations that power our cities – from 5G to AI to digital identity – in a way that meets all residents’ needs, regardless of socioeconomic class.
In November, the Mastercard Newsroom will focus on how we can build and bolster that inclusivity around the world by employing innovative partnerships, leading-edge technology and critical insights, from helping New York City get back on its feet and attract more tech talent to exploring how transit solutions in the Czech Republic, Colombia and Chicago are expanding access to opportunities beyond transport. We’ll also be sharing insights from our first-ever virtual City Possible Summit November 10-11 about how we are advancing urban innovation and helping communities become more sustainable and resilient. We'll highlight expert panels, case studies and urban tech from our growing network of more than 180 cities.
People are at the heart of every city, and any solution created should be made with the citizen at the center. If we leverage the superpower of collaboration, we can collectively ensure that no person is left behind. While the global pandemic is a unique moment, it’s not the first challenge most cities have faced. Cities always seem to find ways to come through these moments better and stronger. We’re eager to reimagine what’s possible.
Residents of Santiago de los Caballeros in the Dominican Republic helped create the first maps — paper and digital — to make the city’s informal transportation system more reliable and safer for everyone.
The City Possible head explains why the pandemic has accelerated the need for inclusion in access to technology and services in cities, no matter the size.
Here are four ways cities can use tech to respond to the pandemic and modernize their transit systems.
On Mastercard’s ‘Fortune Favors the Bold’ podcast, a self-proclaimed transit nerd and an urban designer discuss how to make Atlanta a city where where everyone can thrive.
The city used data insights from a new Inclusive Growth Score tool, a hyperlocal snapshot that captures progress toward not simply growth, but inclusive growth benefiting everyone.
Gamiño leads City Possible, a network of urban innovators who believe the future of cities must be inclusive, sustainable and resilient.
The massive disruption caused by the pandemic reveals five ways cities can rethink how they deliver essential services – and what is now essential in the digital age.
A light installation by the poet and mental health campaigner Hussain Manawer in two U.K. cities aims to start a conversation about bringing more people into the digital economy.
Two new tools from the Urban Institute can help cities ensure technology narrows, not deepens, divides.
Mastercard CEO Ajay Banga and former President Bill Clinton discuss how digital technology and innovative ways to access capital can help minority-owned small businesses thrive.
Migrant workers can feel at home among their fellow nationals at exchange houses, where they send money to friends and family abroad.
Our $500 million commitment to reducing the racial wealth and opportunity gap is cities-based and includes access to affordable financial tools and capital.
As circumstances continue to rapidly evolve, fast and reliable data is more meaningful than ever.
The Angeleno Campaign has distributed $25 million in assistance since the start of the pandemic. Now the program is scaling to eight cities and two states nationwide.
Having access to affordable, reliable transportation takes on new meaning in the pandemic.