Across the globe there is a growing range of organisations that are dedicated to improving and enhancing cities. Below are a few.

New Cities Foundation

Established in 2010, the New Cities Foundation is dedicated to incubating, promoting and scaling urban innovations, through partnerships between government, business, academia and civil society. The vision of this Paris-based and non-profit institution, is for more inclusive, dynamic and creative cities benefiting people and society. The Foundation runs action research projects through its in-house ‘think and do tank’, the Urban (co)LAB, stages events, and runs competitions (such as for the world’s best ‘urban app’). ‘Re-Imaging Cities: Transforming the 21st Century Metropolis’ reports outcomes from the New Cities Summit held in Dallas, Texas during June 2014, featuring stories from around the world on diverse contemporary issues and future trends such as global air hubs, urban mobility, financing transformation, urban entrepreneurship, cultural districts as engines of transformation, and inclusive cities.

Read the report here.

You can visit the New Cities Foundation website here.

Future of Cities UK

The UK government’s Future of Cities is a foresight project looking at how that nation’s cities can best contribute to economic growth in the future. Key drivers for the project are the recognition that “cities are the centre of innovation and growth and emerge from the demand for population to interact”, and statistics showing that almost 80% of the UK population already live in urban areas. The project will consider broad ranging issues (e.g. ‘soft’ and ‘hard’ infrastructure, poverty and wealth, culture and diversity, identity and belonging, crime and safety, governance and legal issues), explore opportunities for UK cities within a national and global ‘system of cities’, and take a long-term city view over the coming decades. Launched in June 2013, the Future of Cities project reports in 2015. The UK’s Minister for Cities is the sponsor, and a multi-disciplinary group of experts guides the project.

To follow the blog for project updates and to find out more visit here.

CEOs for Cities

A network of urban leaders (Chief Executive Officer and other positions) in North American cities that connects members with each other and to great ideas. CEOs for Cities aims to curate smart ideas, practices and stories; connect cross-sector CEOs, changemakers, and disrupters; and catalyse collaborative change for city progress and success. CEOs for Cities are a voice for making cities more connected, innovative and talented, and investing in member cities’ distinctive assets.

You can visit the CEOs for Cities website here.

Council of Capital City Lord Mayors

The Council of Capital City Lord Mayors (CCCLM) has been around for over 50 years, providing national leadership for coordination and representation of the special interests of Australia’s capital cities. The Council strives to raise the profile and recognition of the special role and status of Australian capital cities, supports growing the economic base of member cities, and builds relationships with the other spheres of government.

For more information about the Council of Capital City Lord mayors visit their website here.

Future Cities CATAPULT

Future Cities Catapult is a global centre of excellence on urban innovation. A place where cities, businesses and universities come together to develop solutions to the future needs of our cities.

Based in London and one of seven ‘Catapults’ launched by the UK’s Technology Strategy Board. The aim for each of them is to become a world-leading innovation centre in its own specialist area. This Catapult is all about urban innovation, in particular, they are focussed on the challenge of urban integration: how cities can take a more joined-up approach to the way they plan and operate. To improve quality of life, strengthen their economy and protect the environment. To achieve this, their mission is to bring together cities, firms and academics to develop new commercial solutions for integrated city systems. They aim to do three things:

You can visit the Future Cities Catapult website here.

Future Cities Collaborative

An initiative of the United States Studies Centre, the Future Cities Collaborative brings together policy, practice and research to  inform city leaders taking action to build great cities. The Collaborative’s main role is to promote sustainable urban development by supporting city leaders with tools for leadership and strategic management, creating a forum for mayors to share ideas and information, and develop skills and knowledge for building sustainable cities. The Future Cities Collaborative is hosted by the University of Sydney.

You can visit the Future Cities Collaborative website here.

People for Public Spaces

Based in New York and founded in 1975, People for Public Spaces is a not-for-profit organisation focused on helping people create and sustain public places that build strong communities.  Through their unique placemaking approach, People for Public Spaces has assisted communities and organisations to transform public places into thriving places for people.  The organisation offers a range of resources, services and training opportunities, one of which includes the ‘Power of 10’ analysis.

Visit the People for Public Spaces website to find out more here.

Place Leaders Association

Place Leaders Association Limited (PLA) is a network of placemakers and place managers from across Australasia who are passionate about creating great places.  The Association promotes leadership in and stewardship of successful, welcoming and sustainable places throughout Australasia.  A membership-based organisation, the Place Leaders Association provides valuable information and resources to members as well as workshops and forums.

Find out more at the Place Leaders Association website here.

Committee for Cities and Regions Network

Throughout Australia and New Zealand there is a range of independent Committee for ‘city’ organisations.  These include organisations such as the Committee for Sydney, Committee for Melbourne, Committee for Perth, Committee for Auckland and other Committees for smaller cities and regions. Committees for Cities & Regions is an influential network of independent, like-minded organisations each operating within their particular city or regional area to enhance economic, social, cultural and environmental development.  The Network’s aim is to build on the rising strength of Australia and New Zealand’s cities and regions and work together to advance issues of national significance around population growth, economic development and social cohesion.

You can read more about the Committee for Cities and Regions network here.

Council of Australian Governments

The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is the peak intergovernmental forum in Australia. COAG recognises the importance of cities – and of the long-term strategic planning of cities – to growth and productivity, sustainability and liveability, and accommodating demographic change and population growth. In 2009, COAG agreed to reforms to ensure our capital cities are well placed to meet the challenges of the future, and to do this by developing national criteria for capital city strategic planning systems to provide the platform to re-shape our capital cities. COAG published a review of capital city strategic planning systems in 2012, with city ‘performance’ assessed against nine criteria.

Visit the COAG website here.  

Council for Canadian Urbanism

CanU, or the Council for Canadian Urbanism is an organization of city planners, urban designers, architects, landscape architects, engineers, developers and other ‘urbanists’ in Canada, who occupy ‘urban design leadership positions’ in government, the private sector or community.

This collaborative movement is about connecting ‘urbanists’ across Canada, sharing best practice and experiences, and emphasizes those involved in city planning and design taking ‘meaningful action’ not just talking (debate and dialogue).

Visit the Council for Canadian Urbanism here.