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July 04, 2023  |  permalink

The Metaverse and Cities Summit

Back in April, I and the Jacobs Urban Tech Hub co-hosted the inaugural Metaverse & Cities Summit in conjunction with New York University’s School of Professional Studies and the Sharing Cities Alliance. Video from the event has finally been posted, including my session “The Metaverse and Sustainability: Working on a Shared Vision,” which you can watch above.

I was joined by Amy Jaffe — director of NYU SPS Center for Global Affairs’ Energy, Climate Justice, and Sustainability Lab — CGA’s associate dean Carolyn Kissane, and Virtual America CEO Paul Turner to discuss how visualizations of a more sustainable and resilient future — one in which Charleston, South Carolina has a (hotly debated) seawall, or what a world without oil might look like — might help galvanize the political support and public will to achieve them.

You can also watch the other sessions from the summit and review the “Metaverse City Accord” we published following the conference. Watch this space for details about a second edition of the conference in 2024.

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Greg Lindsay is a generalist, urbanist, futurist, and speaker. He is a non-resident senior fellow of the Arizona State University Threatcasting Lab, a non-resident senior fellow of MIT’s Future Urban Collectives Lab, and a non-resident senior fellow of the Atlantic Council’s Scowcroft Strategy Initiative. He was the founding chief communications officer of Climate Alpha and remains a senior advisor. Previously, he was an urban tech fellow at Cornell Tech’s Jacobs Institute, where he explored the implications of AI and augmented reality at urban scale.

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