Whether you're in the US and still in a post-Thanksgiving food coma, or elsewhere and just tired from the week, it's a great day to relax and watch videos.
TED is a great resource for talks and discussions on all matters, including what to do about the cities of tomorrow. (Indeed, since downloading the TED app on my iPhone, I've become something of a TED junkie.)
In the following five videos, you can hear from experts on a range of critical topics, including solving traffic jams, making space in an overpopulated society, revolutionizing even the "meanest" streets, surviving in a resource-constrained world, and making local government operate in an open and participatory manner.
On this lazy, post-Thanksgiving Friday, we hope you enjoy this sampling of important talks. And don't forget to let us know what you think on the boards:
Jonas Eliasson -- How to solve traffic jams: Bold solutions for cities aren't always popular with the populace. But sometimes people don't know what they want until they've tried something new. Watch Jonas Eliasson discuss what happened when congestion pricing was introduced in Stockholm.
Kent Larson -- Brilliant designs to fit more people in every city: We recently wrote on Future Cities about 10 Ways Cities Are Turning Back Time. Kent Larson's take is that new technology, like foldable cars, can return cities to their better past.
Janette Sadik-Khan -- New York's streets? Not so mean any more: As the Bloomberg era comes to an end in New York, check out this recent TED Talk by Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan about how the city has revolutionized its streets over the past six years.
Paul Gilding -- The Earth is full: We've entered a period of unprecedented growth in our cities, and this is happening at the same time that the Earth is running out of space and resources. How do we survive this? Watch Paul Gilding's scary but crucial talk below.
Jennifer Pahlka -- Coding a better government: Can city governments operate like the Internet, in an open and participative way? Jennifer Pahlka says yes -- here's how.
— Nicole Ferraro, Editor in Chief, UBM's Future Cities