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Big data versus big congestion: Using information to improve transport

July 2015—Digitization in infrastructure networks could improve forecasting, promote reliability, and increase efficiency.more

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Removing the roadblocks to smarter investment in American transportation

June 2015—US infrastructure is aging, while the population is growing. To improve the transportation system, argues the secretary of transportation, the United States needs more funding and less red tape.more

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The infrastructure conundrum: Improving productivity

July 2015—Infrastructure productivity can and should be much better. Here’s how to start improving.more

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Making the most of a wealth of infrastructure finance

June 2015—Spending money, not raising it, is the biggest problem when it comes to financing infrastructure.more

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E before I: Why engagement needs to come first in planning infrastructure

June 2015—Consulting stakeholders before digging makes for better, cheaper projects.more


A hidden roadblock in public-infrastructure projects

June 2015—Misplaced assumptions that governments always enjoy a cost-of-capital advantage over private players can kill projects on the drawing board. Reexamining the economics could move more deals ahead.more


Unlocking the future: The keys to making cities great

June 2015—Effective urban leaders focus on doing three things well.more

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Connecting talent with opportunity in the digital age

June 2015—Online talent platforms are increasingly connecting people to the right work opportunities. By 2025 they could add $2.7 trillion to global GDP, and begin to ameliorate many of the persistent problems in the world’s labor markets.more

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Rethinking the water cycle

May 2015—How moving to a circular economy can preserve our most vital resource.more

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How do you govern a disrupted world?

May 2015—Seismic economic shifts are placing new demands on governments globally. In this excerpt from the new book No Ordinary Disruption: The Four Global Forces Breaking All the Trends, its authors explain how policy makers can respond.more

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Closing France’s €100 billion digital gap

May 2015—Accelerating the country’s rate of digital adoption could unlock billions of euros in economic value. The key is in executing a comprehensive digital transformation.more


Protecting student data in a digital world

April 2015—Proponents of data-enabled education can learn from other industries that have faced concerns about the risks of using personal information.more


The impact of regulation

April 2015—The chief financial and risk officer of APG, Angelien Kemna, believes pension funds and regulators must work together to foster opportunities for long-term investment while ensuring stable, sound, and safe financial markets.more

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