Gender Parity’s Untapped Economic Potential

Every revolution begins with a desire for fundamental change. Ideas are debated, options narrowed, strategy planned and a blueprint for action developed. Supporters are enlisted. A storyline created. Resources are mobilized. And the revolution begins.

A report published by McKinsey Global International in April imagines a workforce revolution with gender parity as the outcome. "The Power of Parity: Advancing Women's Equality in the United States" estimates that realizing the full potential of women in the workforce could boost GDP in the United States by 0.8 percent in just nine years. That amounts to $2.1 trillion, and it's a conservative estimate. Every state and local government has the opportunity to add at least 5 percent to its economic output, and half of the states could increase their GDP by 10 percent, McKinsey's researchers conclude. READ MORE

Getting Smart About Waste

With the advent of the Internet of Things, it may seem that technology can make virtually anything "smart." We hear regularly about intelligent transportation systems, electrical grids and vehicles. But what about waste? Can technology make waste smart?


The Unsettled World of the Automobile

Planning for transportation and other infrastructure needs isn't easy under the best of circumstances. When you add in the escalating influence of smart technologies, it becomes even harder, so it's no surprise that 78 cities vied for funding in the federal government's transportation-focused "Smart City Challenge." For transportation planners, an increasingly important piece of the long-range-planning puzzle is the impact of ride-sharing and car-sharing services.


The Accelerating Clean Power Disruption

In 21st-century America, technology and innovation are inseparably linked. Revolutionary technical advances raise expectations and, often enough, result in products and services that meet or exceed those expectations. Think of how smartphones have changed our lives.


What It Means to Be a 'Smart City'

Like self-driving cars, "smart cities" are getting a lot of attention these days. And rightfully so, considering their broad range of potential benefits, from more sustainable use of resources and enhanced resilience to improved citizen engagement, urban mobility and public safety. Realizing significant improvements in even a few of these would make building out a smart city a worthwhile goal.