The Business of Cities

Johannesburg City

A major global trend taking place around us right now is the shift in both economic and political power from nations to cities and regions. In 2007, for the first time since cities first appeared some 5000 years ago, the world’s population tipped over from being predominantly rural to more than 50% urban, and the United Nations estimates that 70% of us will live in cities by 2050. This worldwide urban growth presents businesses with massive opportunities and significant challenges. Those businesses that ignore this trend will be left behind. Based on his experience in running the urban business think tank Accelerate Cape Town, Guy Lundy looks at the way in which the world of cities is developing and what opportunities exist for your business in this urban world over the coming decades.

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