Deeper City: Collective Intelligence and the Pathways from Smart to Wise

1st Edition

Joe Ravetz

May 7, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 456 Pages - 326 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780415628976 - CAT# Y138999

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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 design thinking, to move beyond smart efficiency with ‘winner-takes-all’, towards wiser human systems where ‘winners-are-all’. 40 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.


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