Nikolas Badminton speaks to BETAKIT on Smart Cities and what we need to consider when designing and planning them out. Nikolas, and Douglas Soltys over at BETAKIT, talk about the principles and ideas needed to make a smart city successful.Here’s the article and the CanCon Podcast from BETAKIT – enjoy.As Toronto revels in its international tech moment, much attention has been paid to the Quayside project, a joint smart city initiative between Waterfront Toronto and Alphabet subsidiary Sidewalk Labs. Not all that attention has been positive, as each new week seems to bring new controversy \u2013 over privacy, data rights, IP, secrecy, and social good.But Quayside isn\u2019t the only smart city project in the world. In fact, there are currently over 1,000 globally, with 500 of those in China alone.So what it is needed to build a true smart city that works for its citizens as much as the corporate and government forces building it? Futurist (and BetaKit contributor) Nikolas Badminton has a few thoughts, which conveniently fit into an easy-to-remember acronym.Beyond the philosophical, Badminton also has thoughts on the political and practical problems causing tensions on Toronto\u2019s waterfront. Of course, solving that riddle requires answering a few more questions: namely, who owns the assets?Subscribe via:\u00a0RSS,\u00a0iTunes,\u00a0Stitcher,\u00a0Google PlayThe smart city playbookWho owns \u2018us\u2019 in the Smart CityPutting H.E.A.R.T. into the smart citySidewalk Toronto: building controversySidewalk Labs taking steps to control intellectual property on Toronto\u2019s \u2018smart city,\u2019 document showsSidewalk Toronto has an approved plan for Quayside, but not without controversyNikolas is a world-leading Futurist Speaker that drives leaders to take action in creating a better world for humanity. He promotes exponential thinking along with a critical, honest, and optimistic view that empowers you with knowledge to plan for today, tomorrow, and for the future.Contact him\u00a0to discuss how to engage and inspire your audience. You can also see more of Nikolas\u2019 thoughts on his Futurist Speaker VLOGs as he publishes them in this\u00a0Youtube playlist.Please\u00a0SUBSCRIBE\u00a0to Nikolas\u2019 Youtube channel so that you don\u2019t miss any as they come up. You can see more of his thoughts on\u00a0Linkedin,\u00a0Twitter, and bookmarked research on\u00a0Tumblr.