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

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
Number of pages418
ISBN (Electronic)9781315765860
ISBN (Print)9780415628969, 9780415628976
Publication statusPublished - 19 May 2020


  • collective intelligence
  • sustainable cities
  • climate resilience
  • complex systems
  • social learning
  • smart governance

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Policy@Manchester
  • Digital Futures


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