What is your most surprising prediction about cities?
Cities will have to embrace utilizing material passports to address their waste generated.
Who is the person that most influenced the way you think about cities and technology?
There is not a specific person that has influenced the way I think about cities and technology but there are different insights I follow fromÂ C40,Â CDP Cities,Â Bloomberg City Lab, andÂ Science-Based Targets for Cities.
What 2-3 books/podcasts would you recommend?
I like reading a lot of self-help books such asÂ Dare to Lead by Brene Brown.
A recent article I read about waste colonialism:Â Regulate Hazardous Waste to End New Forms of â€śToxic Colonialismâ€ť: Stockholm+50 Brief.
A recentÂ Netflix seriesÂ that I watched was about the worldâ€™s water crisis and how major cities will be approaching their â€śDay Zeroâ€ť.
Whereâ€™s the best place for new ideas?
There is a lot happening in Europe and the first thing that comes to mind is Rotterdam andÂ their goalsÂ around circular construction.
Who inspires you?
The work done byÂ Project DrawdownÂ is inspiring because it looks at not only buildings but also technology and addressing inequities experienced by women.
What are the skills weâ€™ll need in 10 years?
Urban mining, circular construction, factoring in equitable distribution of sustainable practices during decision-making processes, peer-to-peer energy trading.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
Donâ€™t be afraid to venture off and do what youâ€™re passionate about. Donâ€™t stay too long in something that you know is not right. Everything will be just fine.
What is your call to action?
Identify the vulnerable communities within your city and reassess if your solutions are addressing their problems and their lived experiences. If not, itâ€™s time to go back to the drawing board.
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