Facing Similar Challenges in Business and Local Government

Earlier this month I attended a workshop at Verge DC to discuss the recent Citystates paper by SustainAbility and GreenBiz and sponsored by Ford.

It was a fascinating discussion, including a number of city sustainability practitioners from across in the wider DC metropolitan area.

What struck me the most were the similarities between the challenges faced by city managers and the challenges faced in business.  Here are a few examples:

1)      Short term thinking.  Some of the city representatives referred to the challenges of planning cycles that, at best, align with the time between elections.  Of course we have similar …

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Guest Post: Ford: How IT Put a Charge in EV Infrastructure

A few months ago I met Nancy Gioia, Director Global Electrification at Ford Motor Company, at a sustainability meeting in DC organized by the Trans-Atlantic Business Dialogue (TABD). Nancy’s comments at that meeting about the role of IT and telecommunications (ICT) in supporting the use of Electric Vehicles intrigued me then and still do now.   In this guest post Mike Tinskey – Ford’s global manager for electric vehicle infrastructure –  explains how ICT infrastructure will support the user experience.  

 

By Mike Tinskey, Global Manager, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure at Ford Motor Company

While the 1990s don’t feel like too …

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