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Team Members Urban.Systems
Ellen Macarthur Foundation
Blueprint Wellbeing

These 22 projects are managed by the wellbeing team with the objective of bringing together governments, commercial partners, university researchers and NGOs to remove the technical barriers to broad deployment of socially beneficial services. For an understanding of the outcomes we are striving to achieve see the work of the Ellen MacArthur Foundation exploring the circular economy and Kate Raworth balancing essential human needs and planetary boundaries.

Universal circular economy policy goals A Tool for Transformative Change A Doughnut for the Anthropocene


  • Stan Curtis
    SVP Business Development at Urban.Systems
    Portland, OR United States


BreakingTheCode.jpg Breaking the Code The UN-hackathon
Multnomah County, Oregon is partnering with Technology Association of Oregon (TAO) and other local groups to host a community collaborative problem solving event and an ongoing, community-based technology incubator called Breaking the Code.

We aim to break some of the barriers that exist among organizations that specifically serve people of color and the broad, local tech community. Partnering together gives us a platform to bridge the gap between the two and provide opportunities for Community Based Organizations (CBO’s) to become more efficient and effective in their targeted service delivery. A longer term goal is the creation of community-based and community-led technology start-ups.

Breaking the Code’s framework leverages assets from the public sector (data, staff, technology platforms, public infrastructure, small business incubation, etc.), and the technology industry (technology solutions, expertise, professionals, funding, etc.) with the goal of making CBOs more successful serving their community.

This, in turn, fulfils the promise of smart cities as “thriving communities” with well being across the life span, equity and access, sustainability, resiliency, and vibrant arts and culture.

Buckman Resilience600.jpg CIVIC school HUBS
NSF CIVIC grant to incubate the Federal School Infrastructure Toolkit for more resilience Community services. A pilot program with be developed with the BENSON school district in Portland, and woven into the urban/rural network of the Metro regional emergency response.
CovidCalculator.jpg COVID Calculator
The COVID Calculator determines whether you’ll quarantine or isolate, and for how long.
CompleteNeighbourhood.jpg Complete Neighborhoods — Building a Healthy Connected City
The goal of the Healthy Connected Neighbourhood Strategy is to bring complete neighbourhoods to 80% of the city’s population by 2035. The Strategy is integrated into the main Portland Plan, a comprehensive strategic plan to achieve urban equity and sustainability.
DigiTel Resident Card.jpeg DigiTel Resident Card
The City of Tel Aviv has undergone a transformation to become a “smart city” that uses technology to improve the City Hall administration and its citizens’ lives. Through programs such as the DigiTel Residents Club and the DigiTel mobile application, Tel Aviv offers innovative electronic services to its population and is searching ways to make citizens interested in how the city works. Throughout the process, Tel Aviv has worked closely with Microsoft to find the best ways to achieve its vision of a smart city.
Dwellingly200.jpeg Dwellingly
Dwelling.ly is an app to improve communication between the landlord providing transitional housing and the social workers who support them.
PresenceCaregiver.jpeg Family CARE - Caregiver 2.0
Presence Caregiver learns daily activity patterns and can warn caregivers, family members and friends about incidents of concern with text alerts of potential hazards including falls, water leaks and wandering.
Swansea Arena External.jpg Fast Wi-Fi boost for Copr Bay
Fast and reliable Wi-Fi technology is being introduced in Swansea's emerging new Copr Bay district, letting thousands of people stream content at the same time to their mobile devices.
GoSmart600.jpg Global Organization of Smart Cities GO SMART
* Currently many cities in the world are facing similar challenges and have therefore developed their own Smart City strategy and are running their own Smart City projects. Considering the similarity of the challenges, there lies huge potential in effective knowledge exchange and collaboration.
  • GO SMART aims to facilitate collaboration and knowledge exchange between Smart Cities, by means of one-on-one matchmaking, opportunity reports and workshops.
UBCHelloLampPost.jpg Hello Lamp Post UBC Campus
Initially launched as a pilot project, Hello UBC was designed to innovatively engage students and staff on campus, to support the parking and access services team. Their goal was to communicate key messages and gain insights into the behaviours of commuters and visitors around campus. As a result, the project received 3,630 unique plays and 12,948 interactions, across 100 live object reference points. Since then, there has been a further rollout across the campus, with more interactive reference points that can assist with student satisfaction, cultural storytelling and improvements to the planning process on site.
KashiwanohaUrbanDesign.jpg Kashiwanoha Smart City Project
The Kashiwanoha smart city project (first described as Kashiwanoha International Campus Town Initiative) is a planned from scratch city project, involving a greenfield smart city vision, situated around Kashiwanoha Campus Station. Kashiwonoha smart city project is a privately-led project, with Mitsui Fudosan as the main developer. It was also the owner the previous owner of the golf course on which construction work of the project were first based. However, Kashiwa city was designated as one of the "FutureCities" by the national government in 2011, making Kashiwanoha new town project eligible for government subsidies.
Portland Infrastructure.png Metro Portland Infrastructure Funding
In November 2021, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which will invest more than $5 billion into Oregon’s infrastructure through more than 100 programs across many state agencies, local governments, and tribes.
Project My Digital Data Locker Baltimore.jpg My Digital Data Locker Baltimore
For those staying in a shelter or shuttling between other people’s homes, keeping track of these vital documents can be near impossible. They also can be lost, destroyed or stolen.

Recognizing that this was blocking some people from securing stable housing, the city of Baltimore this year launched an innovative program — My Digital Data Locker — to help people store and keep track of key documents.

OMSI exterior.jpg OMSI Development
The OMSI Consortium is soliciting subject matter experts and qualified vendors to participate in a series of short virtual workshops during the months of October-December 2020, culminating in a Q1 2021 Request for Proposal (RFP) to build a showcase integrated district infrastructure solution to serve the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s 23-acre site with the potential to develop up to 3 million square feet of new, low-carbon, mixed-use construction in Portland’s Central City Plan District. Workshop details will be released to confirmed participants.
Oregon Digital Safety Net.jpg Oregon Digital Safety Net
Digital communications are necessary to participate in mainstream life today.

Those of us who are fortunate enough to be employed, housed, and reasonably healthy and stable, financially and emotionally, know how dependent we are on our digital devices to navigate our daily lives.

Tanner Springs Park.jpg Resilience HUB - East Multnomah
Resilience Hubs are community-serving facilities augmented to support residents and coordinate resource distribution and services before, during, or after a natural hazard event. They leverage established, trusted, and community-managed facilities that are used year-round as neighborhood centers for community-building activities. Resilience Hubs can equitably enhance community resilience while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving local quality of life for our communities. They have the potential to reduce burden on local emergency response teams, improve access to public health initiatives, increase the effectiveness of community-centered institutions and programs.
Resiliance Hubs.jpg Resilience HUB - NIST Guide
Natural, technological, and human-caused hazards take a high toll on communities, but the costs in lives, livelihoods and quality of life can be reduced by better managing disaster risks. Planning and implementing prioritized measures can strengthen resilience and improve a community's abilities to continue or restore vital services in a more timely way, and to build back better after damaging events. That makes them better prepared for future events and more attractive to businesses and residents alike.
Resiliance Hubs Hawaii.jpg Resilience HUB - Vibrant Hawaii
A goal of the Resilience Hub initiative is to build individual capacity and community networks to be resilient and ready for anything. To get there, Vibrant Hawai'i hosted a Resilience Leadership Academy (RLA) - a monthly development program with curated content by local experts.
RoseCityResouce.jpg Rose City Resource
The Street Roots Rose City Resource (RCR) is a 4’x 4′, 104 page guide that is the most comprehensive, updated list of services for people experiencing homelessness and poverty in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties.
Small Donor Elections Portland.jpg Small Donor Elections
The Small Donor Elections program seeks to reduce the influence of money in politics and encourage election of people to City office who are reflective of and accountable to all Portlanders.
Southport600.jpg Southport development
Southport is the only full-building solution available in the Greater Puget Sound area. As you enter Southport on Lake Washington you will quickly realize you are in a unique place. The entire campus has been designed with a focus on a lifestyle environment that supports the development of great teams.
Organization WeGO.jpeg World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization WeGO
The World Smart Sustainable Cities Organization (WeGO), established by 50 founding member cities in 2010, is an international association of city and other local governments, smart tech solution providers, and national and regional institutions committed to the transformation of cities into smart sustainable cities.

A diverse range of activities include capacity building programs, sessions and smart city conferences and study visits, feasibility studies and pilot projects, expos and exhibitions, smart city guidelines and best practice catalogs.


2018 ATTRI GCTC-300x225.jpg Accessible Transportation
Accessible Transportation Technologies Research Initiative (ATTRI) a division of the USDOT seeks to remove barriers to transportation by leveraging advanced technology to enable people to travel independently anytime of the day to any destination, regardless of their individual abilities
Built-for-zero.jpg Built For Zero
Built for Zero is a national movement whose methodology and support network assists communities in their journey to end homelessness. Collaboration and testing of ideas to improve outcomes are at the heart of the Built for Zero continuous improvement approach that has proven itself in communities across the United States and Canada.
Community-Investment-Trust-Logo.jpg Community Investment Trust
The Community Investment Trust is a first-of-its-kind financial inclusion tool created to empower residents and strengthen communities. The CIT is designed to remove barriers to financial inclusion and provide a low-dollar investment opportunity in a commercial property to local residents.
HomelessnessIsSolvable.jpg How By-Name Data Helps Communities End Homelessness
The by-name list is a real-time, person-specific list of everyone experiencing homelessness. The by-name list provides communities with a full and real-time view of homelessness in their geography. Using this data, we will be able to triage individual cases, understand the broader patterns of homelessness in their community, and ensure that resources and efforts are driving down the overall number of people experiencing homelessness.
PlaceStandard.jpg Place Standard
The Place Standard tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to think about the physical elements of a place (for example its buildings, spaces, and transport links) as well as the social aspects (for example whether people feel they have a say in decision making).
Regenerative Urbanism 600.png Regenerative Urbanism
Regenerative urbanism creates a balance where buildings, their occupants and the surrounding systems, both natural and man-made, work together to create resources rather than deplete them. Research shows that the integration of regenerative elements can yield greater returns over time. This approach uses dynamic governance systems to monitor and share the costs and benefits of urban life. It allows for multiple objectives to be achieved, from managing water and reusing waste biproducts to optimizing renewable resources across compact communities in new ways.
Library of Things.jpg The Library of Things at Clackamas County Libraries
Eight Clackamas County public libraries have opened a "LIbrary of Things". Learn more about a "Library of Things and the eight Clackamas County Libraries that have opened one.