In "The Smart Enough City," Ben Green warns against seeing the city only through the lens of technology; taking an exclusively technical view of urban life will lead to cities that appear smart but under the surface are rife with injustice and inequality. He proposes instead that cities strive to be “smart enough”: to embrace technology as a powerful tool when used in conjunction with other forms of social change—but not to value technology as an end in itself.
On Tuesday, October 29th, Green joined the Ash Center for a discussion of his new book. Kathy Pham, Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy at HKS, served as a respondent. Stephen Goldsmith, the Director of the Ash Center's Government Innovations Program, moderated.
A transcript of this talk is available online here: ash.harvard.edu/files/ash/files/s…transcription.pdf