At the International Swiss Talent Forum 2018, participants will be challenged by a group of experts (“Challengers”) to solve an issue relevant to their specific areas of expertise within the broader topic of urbanisation. Below you find preliminary information on the topical background of the five Challenges. At the Forum, there will be a detailed briefing about the specific question(s) of each Challenge.
The urban challenge
Cities are attractive because they are places of opportunity – they offer a variety of economic benefits, they present cultural and social connectivity to their inhabitants, and they centralize services and increase accessibility to these services, creating places of high dynamism and constant change. In recent decades, accelerated globalization has connected cities like never before.
But cities also present challenges. The prospect of opportunity drives rapid population expansion, which must be met through adequate planning and management. The urban population is less self-sufficient, relying heavily on services like water, electricity, food, waste disposal, security, and transportation. But because of the complexity of cities, managing these services, and ensuring people can access them, and rely on them, is increasingly difficult.