HaHa Cities, DIY Cities, Charter Cities and other Trends for 2022

Bronwyn Williams is back and she shares 3 key trends for cities: Haha Cities, DIY Cities and Charter Cities. We also talk about private cities, the Metaverse, crypto trends affecting cities, strategies local governments can implement to do more with less for its people, book recommendations to help us navigate what lies ahead, and much more.

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  • HaHa cities: Invisibly walled gardens / 15 minute cities.
  • DIY cities: Hacking democracy/ citizen shadow governments.
  • Charter cities: Real and unreal semi independent city states.
  • Is private cities still a key trend?
  • The Metaverse.
  • Strategies local governments can implement to do more with less for its people.
  • Book recommendations to help us navigate what lies ahead:
    - Exit, Voice, and Loyalty(1970)
    - Synthetic Worlds: The Business and Culture of Online Games
    - Better to Have Gone: Love, Death, and the Quest for Utopia in Auroville
  • Key trends in the crypto space that will affect cities.
    - Decentralised decision making consensus protocols
    - Central bank digital currencies

About Bronwyn Williams

Bronwyn Williams is a Futurist, Economist and Business Trends Analyst.

Bronwyn has over a decade's experience in strategic management, trend research and foresight; consulting to clients in the public and private sector across the African continent. Her educational credentials include tertiary qualifications in Marketing Management (University of Johannesburg), Economics (University of London), Foresight (University of Manchester), and Future Studies (University of Stellenbosch). She is currently completing a Masters in Applied Economics from the University of Bath.

Today, as a partner at Flux Trends, Bronwyn's research focuses on how macro socio-economic trends and emerging technologies will impact businesses, industries, and nations in the near and long term future. Part economist, part strategist, Bronwyn's particular areas of expertise include fintech trends, alternative economic models, and sustainable future design.

Bronwyn's clients include Top 40 JSE listed companies, The South African Reserve Bank, African government departments, and global business leaders. She also guest lectures for leading business schools, such as Duke, GIBS, UCT, and the University of Johannesburg. Bronwyn is also a published writer and a well- known media commentator on future trends and economic trajectories for network channels including CNBC Africa and ENCA News.

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