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also software engineers, social scientists, historians, lawyers, psychiatrists and artists, to name a few. How to attract them, and help them work together? How will such efforts combine with other goals such as inclusion and social diversity? Another set of key issues awaits smart city experts and leaders. There are many reasons to consider that the future of smart cities will be largely defined along these five dimensions. In essence, tomorrow’s smart city will need to be: S ustainable: environmentally, but also economically. M easurable: embedded indicators should allow constant monitoring. A gile: good governance can benefit from a superior ability to change course. R esponsive: seizing technological opportunities to serve citizens better. T alented: a culturally diverse population is vital to promote inclusive prosperity. Stimulating the exchange of experiences is what this book is about. Subsequent volumes will explore other cities, always with the purpose to be geographically diversified, and to consider the respective situations, constraints and strategies of smart cities at all levels of development and sophistication.


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