John Rossant is the Founder and Chairman of NewCities, a major global non-profit institution dedicated to improving the quality of life and work in cities. He is also leading LA CoMotion, the new global annual event on the future of urban mobility, which takes place in the heart of Los Angeles. John previously led the production of the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting in Davos, Switzerland and of the e-G8.
The next great urban revolution will be sparked by the vast changes underway in how people and goods move around. Urban mobility is driving change in cities around the world and the incredible rate of innovation in recent years has redefined our experience in cities. Advancements that are underway in the urban mobility world – car-sharing, Mobility as a Service solutions, drones, data and, of course, autonomous vehicles – will transform the urban world more than anything else over the next ten years.
Urban leaders and decision makers must, first and foremost, cultivate an ecosystem that nurtures innovation to address the seemingly insurmountable urban challenges we face. Often it is the pioneers, inventors and thinkers of the world who find solutions to perennial problems by their capacity to challenge the status quo and imagine new approaches. In many cities, visionary entrepreneurs are creating solutions to some of the most pressing urban challenges, including fighting carbon emissions.
The mobility revolution will reshape the geography of all cities, change the way humans think about the distinction between work and play and alter our very notions of space and time. Cities that move effectively - and equitably - will be the real power players in the coming decades. Creating greater access to mobility in our cities is something we must aspire to in order to improve the lives of those who rely on our roadways and mobility services - as virtually all of us do.