THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA: MdP Serial – Understanding the cultural clash in the country of our most valuable ally

Present battle for the soul of the nation
Even though the US is going through a battle for the soul of this great nation, they’re still our most valuable ally. We should keep calm and keep on going in establishing as many, broad and deep relations as possible. And we should deepen our understanding of what is really going on in the biggest western democracy. It’s a much, much deeper cultural clash than just the person being POTUS. Probably we will face similar confrontations in the EU and in Germany in the future. And we should be smart enough to learn and understand, to prevent or at least prepare for the challenges appearing on the horizon.

Regional disparities as one dimension of a nation’s soul
Let’s have a look at the geographical distribution of the GDP in the US today. Regional disparities are one dimension of the battle for the soul of the nation. What can we learn: Let’s definitely continue our policy of avoiding and minimizing regional disparities in our country, or even better in the European Union.

The infographics were produced and published by visualcapitalist.com based on data aggregated by the Bureau of Economic Analysis and the World Bank

MdP – SMARTE KOMMUNEN UND STÄDTE: – Wieso ist dieses Thema für die Bürger, die Politik und Wirtschaft in Deutschland so wichtig?

Wieso sind SMARTE STÄDTE UND KOMMUNGEN in Deutschland für uns Bürger, die Politik und die Wirtschaft so wichtig?

 

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Kommunen und Städte sind die Motoren einer modernen Gesellschaft. Sie sind die Antriebskraft für die globale Wirtschaft, aber verbrauchen dadurch auch große Mengen an Ressourcen. Sie beherbergen schon heute die Mehrheit der Weltbevölkerung und sie verursachen natürlich Emissionen.

In Bayern, Deutschland, Europa und weltweit wird die Bedeutung der Städte noch weiter steigen. Die entsprechenden Prognosen sind in der nachstehenden Infografik gut zusammengefasst. Diese wurde übrigens von visualcapitalist.com angefertigt und publiziert.

Why Cities

Diese Prognose bezieht sich nur auf Großstädte wie wir sie heute kennen.  Während unserer Lebenszeit werden vor allem in Afrika und Asien Mega-Städte entstehen, in der über 50 Millionen Menschen leben werden. Diese Mega-Cities werden mehr Nahrung, Energie und Materialien verbrauchen als die meisten Nationalstaaten.

Deutschland kann die Technologien liefern, um diese Metropolen lebenswert und managebar zu machen. Allerdings müssen wir hierzu auch unsere hiesigen Städte mit diesen Technolgien ausstatten um im globalen Vertrieb glaubwürdig zu sein. Am Beispiel des Transrapids sieht man, was passiert, wenn dies nicht geschieht.

Also, lasst uns das Thema angehen und unsere Städte smarter machen, auch wenn Sie vielleicht (und zum Glück) nicht so aussehen, wie die Mega Städte.

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Die Zeichnung der Mega-Stadt ist auf goodfon.com von aranel publiziert worden. 

MdP – SMARTE KOMMUNEN UND LANDKREISE: Big Belly – Ich hoffe, dass die bald auch nach Deutschland kommen

Im Rahmen meiner Suche nach interessanten Innovationen für smarte Kommunen und Landkreise bin ich auf Big Belly gestossen.

My message to the American Company: We would be ready for the smart trash cans. We Germans are the global leaders in waste management and we need  to catch up a little, little bit in the field of digitalization. And solar and metering technologies, that’s our home turf anyway. So let’s take this to next level.


 

BIG BELLY: SMART TRASH CANS
from the LA Magazine 

Bins with Wi-Fi capability—and, in some cases, solar-powered trash compactors—are helping to make overflowing receptacles a thing of the past

Trash collection isn’t easy, but it is getting smarter. To date, the City of Los Angeles has added more than 330 high-tech Bigbelly garbage cans to its arsenal. The system, which includes bins with Wi-Fi capability—and, in some cases, solar-powered trash compactors—has been showing up in cities around the world, improving efficiency and helping to make overflowing receptacles a thing of the past.

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Here’s the intel behind the design: 
1. The Solar Panel
The panel on top fuels a 12-volt battery that powers the compactor. Though lack of sunshine isn’t usually a problem in L.A., the panel doesn’t need direct light to function; even a snowy Stockholm winter wouldn’t slow it down.
2. The Mouth
The 6-by-17-inch opening allows for waste to be easily deposited but prevents access to the already-compacted trash. To get rid of that In-N-Out wrapper, you’re going to have to employ a move more like mailing a letter than making a free throw.
3. The Console
The unit isn’t all belly—it has a brain, too. Sensors gauge the bin’s fullness, and trash collectors are alerted via text message or e-mail to remove the contents. The system aggregates data about all the cans in an area to improve collection efficiency. In the future, the cans could serve as public Wi-Fi hot spots.
4. The Trash
All those Starbucks runs add up. Los Angeles County disposed of approximately 9 million tons of trash in 2012—an average of 4.7 pounds per person per day.
5. The Trash Bag
Liner bags—supplied by WasteZero and made of recycled materials­—prevent the interior from getting too gross.
6. The Compactor
The automated steel device compresses the contents, enabling pick-ups to be made less frequently, which saves time and money. The unit holds about five times what fits in a typical trash can. For areas with less foot traffic, there’s the Smartbelly model, which has the sensors but not the compactor.
7. The Exterior
Made of sheet metal with heavy-duty plastic side panels, Bigbelly is weatherized and scratch resistant. Trash collectors empty the bin by unlocking the front door with a master key.

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Source: Los Angeles Magazine, by Julia Herbst

Neue MdP Serie: SMARTE KOMMUNEN UND LANDKREISE

Kommunalpolitik ist in unserem subsidiären System mindestens genau so wichtig für die tägliche Lebensqualität der Bürger wie die Landes-, Bundes-, Europa- und Weltpolitik. MdP wird sich sehr intensiv mit modernen Inhalten und systemischen Fortentwicklungen auf dieser politischen Ebene befassen. Bleiben Sie uns gewogen und vielleicht können Sie Freunde aus der Kommunalpolitik auf unser Portal für politische Profis, insbesondere auch aus der bürgernähsten Ebene, der kommunalen Selbstverwaltung, aufmerksam machen.

Das Foto zeigt den Hauptplatz der Fugger-Stadt Weißenhorn, die im geographischen Mittelpunkt des Bayerischen Landkreises Neu-Ulm liegt. Der Herausgeber von „Maschinenraum der Politik“ und Autor dieses Artikels Michael Kraess war zwischen 1990 und 2006 Mitglied der CSU Fraktion im Kreistag Neu-Ulm. 1990 war der Autor der jüngste Kreisrat im Freistaat Bayern. 

 

 

 

The World’s Most Dangerous Cities

by Michael Kraess, Founder and Publisher „Maschinenraum der Politik“

The cities with the highest homicide rates are once again nearly all in Latin America

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COCAINE is grown primarily in South America, and trafficked to the world’s biggest market, the United States, via Central America and the Caribbean. The land routes originate mainly in Colombia, and pass through the small nations of El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala before traversing Mexico. It is little wonder, then, that Latin America remains the world′s most violent region not at war. According to data from the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian think-tank, 43 of the 50 most murderous cities in the world last year, and eight of the top ten countries, are in Latin America and the Caribbean. (War zones, where numbers are hard to verify, are excluded.) Conflicts between gangs, corruption and weak public institutions all contribute to the high levels of violence across the region.

The top of the rankings has not changed. In both 2015 and 2016, El Salvador was the world′s most violent country, and its capital, San Salvador, was the most murderous city. However, the most recent numbers do represent a slight improvement: the national rate fell from 103 killings per 100,000 people in 2015 to 91 last year, and San Salvador′s from 190 to 137. Most analysts credit a clampdown by government security forces for this reduction, though tough-on-crime policies do little to address the underlying causes of gang violence. A similar downward trend is evident in neighbouring Honduras: San Pedro Sula, which for years wore the unwelcome crown as the world′s most murderous city, now ranks third.
However, spikes in violence in neighbouring countries suggest that anti-gang policies are merely redistributing murders geographically rather than preventing them. Acapulco, a beach resort on Mexico′s Pacific coast, recorded 108 homicides per 100,000 people last year, placing it second behind San Salvador. That reflects the nationwide trend: Mexico′s overall rate rose from 14.1 killings per 100,000 people to 17. That figure nearly equals the previous violent peak of Mexico′s drug wars, in 2011. As a result, six Mexican cities rank among the top 50, three more than did so a year earlier. And there is no evidence of a reversal in 2017. The number of murders in Mexico during the first two months of 2017 is the highest for January and February since records began.

The middle of the list is dominated by Brazil: the world′s second-biggest cocaine consumer is home to half of all cities in the ranking. That mostly reflects its large population. During the past year, violence has reshuffled from place to place within Brazil: the murder rate has fallen in the largest cities, but increased in smaller ones. In Maraba and Viamão, homicides rose by 20% in a year, whereas in São Paulo, Brazil’s most populous city, murders fell by 55% from 2014 to 2015. Unlike in Mexico and Central America, there is evidence of a slight overall improvement: the national homicide rate fell from 29 per 100,000 in 2014 to 27 in 2015, the latest year for which data are available. Nonetheless, by sheer virtue of its size, Brazil reigns as the world′s overall murder capital: 56,212 people were killed there in 2015.

Only two countries outside Latin America contain cities in the top 50: the United States and South Africa. In America, the only rich country on this list, a spike in homicides has propelled two more cities, Detroit and New Orleans, to join St Louis and Baltimore, which also figured on last year′s list. Each has a rate that is around ten times the national average of 4.9 homicides per 100,000 people. South Africa is the only country outside the Americas on this ranking. Two new cities, Nelson Mandela Bay and Buffalo City, have been added to the list, mainly because data collection is improving in the country. The homicide rate in South Africa did climb 5% last year, though other violent crime dropped.

Data by the Data Team, Text by The Economist