We all want more resilient cities, but ULI seems to think we will accept any deal with the devil to make them happen.
Editor's Note: We received this press release from the ULI, and organization that has become increasingly disappointing in recent years, as it crosses over into the private sector, partnering with some ot the worst corporate citizens on the planet.
The release below actually lends credibility to the many concerns about the IoT and other "smart city" innovations being used as a means of consolidating undemocratic control over citizens and privatization of resources that should remain in the commons, such as access to water. The record of these "partners" is clear. Sandia National Laboratories, for example, makes parts for nuclear weapons and other deadly weaponry. The World Bank is infamous for its involvement in Shock Doctrine, a method essentially used to rob nations of their sovereignty. Veolia is a French Multinational. Their primary business is privatizing water supplies. In other words, they are part of what some have called the theft of the commons. A long list of human rights violations dogs their business. There is little to like in the ULI become a technical advisor for cities seeking resilience, and much cause for concern.—Green Builder Media