Personal Cities: Above all, make it personal.

Where will your city be in five years? In twenty? How can you shape its future?

Every city leader should find new collaborations to build its identity and an enduring, trusting connection to its community.

How will your enterprise deliver solutions that truly make a city smarter?

Your technologies are the engine of transformation, yet often solutions are singular, fragmented. The challenge for every business leader is to “think big” on behalf of the city.

How will you assess your status as a smart city?

The new metrics for smart cities will give you clarity about your progress and your priorities. The roadmap to faster, better decisions is the goal.

Personal Cities Updates

September 14th, 2020

Moving from Question Storming to Solution Storming: Global Examples of Big Transformation and Innovation

Chris Gassman is the host of The Market and The Good, a podcast highlighting how-to actionable insights from CEOs… Read more »

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September 8th, 2020

Question Storming—The Call to Action for All Global Urban Stakeholders

Of all the world’s challenges—uniquely expressed by the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s)—we believe every community, every… Read more »

How to Rebuild Trust in a Broken World

September 3rd, 2020

Question Storming to “Rebuild Trust”

Chris Gassman is the host of The Market and The Good, a podcast highlighting how-to actionable insights from CEOs… Read more »

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August 12th, 2020

The Purpose and Value of Question Storming

Chris Gassman is the host of The Market and The Good, a podcast highlighting how-to actionable insights from CEOs… Read more »

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December 25th, 2019

Rethinking, Reimagining, Redesigning Global Urbanization: The Hard Questions for Urban Stakeholders.

To find new paths to urban transformation, Sandra Baer and Dr. Lawrence Jones co-authored, “Rethinking, Reimagining, Redesigning Globalization:… Read more »

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March 22nd, 2021

Podcast: How sustainable is a society within four walls?

Is it possible to maintain a resilient economic activity only working from home? Also, figures show that we… Read more »

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Been There, Done That

March 16th, 2021

Podcast: Been There Done That

Susan Osman in conversation with, Sandra Baer, the president of Personal Cities, a company that focuses on city… Read more »

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December 17th, 2020

Wirelessly Yours Podcast

The Wirelessly Yours podcast, hosted by my colleague, Ziad Mater, in Dubai focuses on cities of the future… Read more »

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December 8th, 2020

Interview with Sandra Baer by Givful CEO, Pat Shea on LinkedIn

Givful is a technology platform that makes workplace giving, volunteerism and grants management more reflective for companies more… Read more »

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October 1st, 2020

Disaster Recovery Journal Industry Roundtable—Pragmatic Solutions from City and Industry Leaders

Now more than ever, we are turning to world-class authorities to give us practical guidance and show by… Read more »

September 10th, 2020

Event: Women Business Collaborative Mayors Roundtable: Mayors Taking the Lead to a Reimagined Future

WBC Mayors Roundtable:  Mayors Taking the Lead to a Reimagined Future As CEOs of their cities, Mayors understand… Read more »

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February 27th, 2020

German Marshall Fund Forum: Economic Inclusion—The Tech Factor

Sandra Baer speaking at the German Marshall Fund event in Los Angeles, “Tech for Inclusion,” pictured with Elandre… Read more »

December 3rd, 2019

National Academy of Sciences Event: Climate Resilient Smart Cities

Sandra Baer speaking, “From Smart Buildings to Smart Cities: Current Status and Future Trends”

May 17th, 2019

Sandra Baer’s Interview for IEEE, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers by Glenn Zorpette, the editor of IEEE Spectrum Magazine.

Sandra discusses Smart Networks, Smart Cities and the latest innovations around new technologies and community identity.

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See what is happening in cities across the US and what leadership Mayors are doing to address their most pressing problems.

Cities are personal. Cities are about relationships. And the best, the smartest cities understand the power of connections to the people who live in their cities.

At Personal Cities, we will work with you to answer these questions and deliver real value to your organization.

About Us

New Collaborations

Personal Cities was created to build relationships. We help cities and companies build trust toward an engagement that shapes a city’s future by fostering actions that define the quality of ideas, the benefits of innovation and the opportunities for all who live, work, play and visit the city.

We championed a new kind of collaboration with a transportation authority in the mid-Atlantic—we invited key decision-makers at the authority to join with top transportation technology companies—including entrepreneurs to a “do” session. Focused on key issues of safety, reliability and ridership, the result led to a new tactical plan to build trust and increase ridership.

With a global trade organization, we crafted a roadmap for “smart city” action. Based on their international scope, the roadmap details the universal needs that every region around the globe requires to become prosperous—to reach the goals of sustainability and citizen happiness.

In a Northeastern city we worked with a city mayor and the chief innovation officer to create a smart city committee, dedicated to breaking down the silos among departments. Monthly in-person meetings to share knowledge and common needs resulted in a new, holistic set of priorities—now being implemented.

The CEO of a city design firm wanted to shape a new approach to helping cities thrive—to repurpose old technology into smart, beautiful devices that showcase the city’s identity and engage the entire community. Our strategic advice and counsel have helped to mobilize the firm toward new collaborations in cities across the nation.

Our Services

Engaged Partners

Personal Cities and its partners are strategists and implementers. Equal parts entrepreneur, technologist and political scientist, our focus is on knowing and doing.

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