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Deeper City
Collective Intelligence and the Pathways from Smart to Wise

ISBN 9780415628976
Published June 8, 2020 by Routledge
406 Pages - 326 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Deeper City is the first major application of new thinking on ‘deeper complexity’, applied to grand challenges such as runaway urbanization, climate change and rising inequality. The author provides a new framework for the collective intelligence – the capacity for learning and synergy – in many-layered cities, technologies, economies, ecologies and political systems.

The key is in synergistic mapping and design, which can move beyond smart ‘winner-takes-all’ competition, towards wiser human systems of cooperation where ‘winners-are-all’. Forty distinct pathways ‘from smart to wise’ are mapped in Deeper City and presented for strategic action, ranging from local neighbourhoods to global finance.

As an atlas of the future, and resource library of pathway mappings, this book expands on the author’s previous work, City-Region 2020. From a decade of development and testing, Deeper City combines visual thinking with a narrative style and practical guidance. This book will be indispensable for those seeking a sustainable future – students, politicians, planners, systems designers, activists, engineers and researchers.

A new postscript looks at how these methods can work with respect to the 2020 pandemic, and asks, ‘How can we turn crisis towards transformation?'

Table of Contents

1.1 What’s the big idea? Deeper questions 

1.2 What’s the big picture? Wider visions 

1.3 What’s a Deeper City? Concepts and FAQs

1.4 Where to start? Book-in-use



2.1 Here there be dragons: Think-onomics-III

2.2 The future starts now: Nexus-connexus  

2.3 Cases and places: City-state-planet



3.1 Where to start: Synergistics-Landscape 

3.2 What’s the problem: System-Mapping

3.3 What’s coming up: Scenario-Mapping 

3.4 What’s the vision: Synergy-Mapping

3.5 What’s to be done: Strategy-Mapping 

3.6 What next: Toolkits-III



4.1 What problem: Cities-Landscape 

4.2 Where to live: Neighbourhood-III

4.3 How to build: Housing-III 

4.4 How to renew: Retrofit-III

4.5 Where to build: City-region-III 

4.6 Where not to build: Anti-city-region-III

4.7 How to plan: Civic-design-III 

4.8 Pathways: Cities-III



5.1 What problem: Economies-Landscape 

5.2 Where to work: Local-onomics-III

5.3 Which resources: Circul-onomics-III 

5.4 How to create value: Enterprise-III

5.5 How to invest: Finance-III  

5.6 How to grow and why: Prosperity-III

5.7 Pathways: Economies-III



6.1 What problem: Ecologies-Landscape

6.2 How to be green: Eco-Urban-III 

6.3 How to be cool: Climate-III

6.4 How to thrive: Adaptation-III 

6.5 How to grow and eat: Food-III

6.6 Pathways: Ecologies-III



7.1 What problem: Technologies-Landscape

7.2 On the frontier: Informatics-III 

7.3 On the value-chain: Smart-Services-III

7.4 On the platform: Smart-Communities-III  

7.5 How to learn: Education-III

7.6 How to know: Science-III 

7.7 Pathways: Tech-Knowledges-III



8.1 What problem: Political-Landscape

8.2 Where to take control: Multi-level-III  

8.3 How to manage: Organizations-III

8.4 How to be well-fair: Public-Service-III 

8.5 Who gets what: Equalities-III

8.6 The state to come: Co-opolism-III  

8.7 Pathways for a Politics-III



9.1 How to think: Deeper-Mind-III  

9.2 How to decide: E/Valuation-III

9.3 How to thrive: Resilience-III  

9.4 How to look ahead: Foresight-III



10.1 From personal to political: Societal-III 

10.2 Where and when: Developmental-III

10.3 All in the mind: Global-III 

10.4 What next: Multi-versity-III



Postscript: From crisis to transformation


12. ANNEX 

121 Glossary and abbreviations

12.2 Summary tables  




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Joe Ravetz is Co-Director of the Collaboratory for Urban Resilience & Energy at the University of Manchester. He works on sustainable cities and regions, with a unique perspective on collective intelligence for urban and environmental issues. He is a systems designer, academic, visual thinker, practitioner and process facilitator for complex inter-connected problems. His previous publications include City-Region 2020 and Environment and City.