Boyd Cohen

Urban Innovation & Climate Strategist

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., LEED AP, is an urban and climate strategist focused on researching, teaching and outreach in the areas of urban innovation and entrepreneurship and smart cities.  Along with Hunter Lovins, Boyd released Climate Capitalism in 2011.  Boyd is releasing his next book: The Emergence of the Urban Entrepreneur in May 2016 (Praeger) with a foreward by Richard Florida.  This book reflects his research over the past several years on the role of cities in stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship and the emergence of entrepreneurs who shape and are shaped by their urban environments. Dr. Cohen is the lead guest editor for a special issue of California Management Review on Smart Cities, Open Innovation and the Collaborative Economy. 

Boyd developed the Smart Cities Wheel as a framework for establishing and implementing smart city strategies and for benchmarking cities around the globe.  It has been translated into Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew and Dutch among other languages. 

After finishing a three-year stint at Accenture, Boyd obtained his Ph.D. in strategy and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado (2001).  Boyd is a professor, researcher and consultant in the entrepreneurship, sustainability and smart and sharing cities arena.  Boyd has been an advisor to green developments such as the Vancouver Athlete’s Village and cities such as Buenos Aires and Beaverton, Oregon. Boyd has co-founded numerous green startups in real estate, ICT and carbon origination.  Boyd is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) having taught MBA courses in sustainability at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain), INCAE (Costa Rica), Universidad de San Andres (Argentina) and la Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile)  

Boyd has published numerous academic articles at the intersection of entrepreneurship/innovation, sustainability and cities and is a regular contributor to Fast Company and Shareable. He is currently a professor at EADA Business School and Universitat de Vic and the co-founder of the Sharing Accelerator Barcelona dedicated to accelerating responsible sharing economy startups.

 To book Boyd Cohen call Executive Speakers @ 901-754-9404.

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    Environment

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    Spain

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Boyd Cohen Climate Capitalism Seattle Town Hall April 25th Part 4/4

Boyd Cohen, Ph.D., LEED AP, is an urban and climate strategist focused on researching, teaching and outreach in the areas of urban innovation and entrepreneurship and smart cities.  Along with Hunter Lovins, Boyd released Climate Capitalism in 2011.  Boyd is releasing his next book: The Emergence of the Urban Entrepreneur in May 2016 (Praeger) with a foreward by Richard Florida.  This book reflects his research over the past several years on the role of cities in stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship and the emergence of entrepreneurs who shape and are shaped by their urban environments. Dr. Cohen is the lead guest editor for a special issue of California Management Review on Smart Cities, Open Innovation and the Collaborative Economy. 

Boyd developed the Smart Cities Wheel as a framework for establishing and implementing smart city strategies and for benchmarking cities around the globe.  It has been translated into Spanish, Swedish, Hebrew and Dutch among other languages. 

After finishing a three-year stint at Accenture, Boyd obtained his Ph.D. in strategy and entrepreneurship from the University of Colorado (2001).  Boyd is a professor, researcher and consultant in the entrepreneurship, sustainability and smart and sharing cities arena.  Boyd has been an advisor to green developments such as the Vancouver Athlete’s Village and cities such as Buenos Aires and Beaverton, Oregon. Boyd has co-founded numerous green startups in real estate, ICT and carbon origination.  Boyd is bi-lingual (English and Spanish) having taught MBA courses in sustainability at the Instituto de Empresa (Madrid, Spain), INCAE (Costa Rica), Universidad de San Andres (Argentina) and la Universidad del Desarrollo (Chile)  

Boyd has published numerous academic articles at the intersection of entrepreneurship/innovation, sustainability and cities and is a regular contributor to Fast Company and Shareable. He is currently a professor at EADA Business School and Universitat de Vic and the co-founder of the Sharing Accelerator Barcelona dedicated to accelerating responsible sharing economy startups.

 To book Boyd Cohen call Executive Speakers @ 901-754-9404.

Topics: smart cities, sharing cities, urban & sustainable entrepreneurship, urban innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystems, indie entrepreneurship, climate capitalism

Climate Capitalism

  • Business case for energy efficiency
  • Business case for renewables
  • Peak Oil
  • Business case for green buildings
  • Business case for public transit and greening vehicle fleets
  • Drivers of the local food movement
  • Business opportunities in carbon markets
  • Business opportunities in adaptation to climate change
  • Innovation, entrepreneurship and climate change

Rob Safrata, CEO Novex Couriers

He is obviously a bright fellow but brings it down to a language that we can use.

Elizabeth Sheehan, President Climate Smart

Boyd is a bold unmitigated revealer of the business case (for climate protection).

Jigar Shah, founder, SunEdison, and CEO, Carbon War Room

“Climate Capitalism is a must-read for entrepreneurs, investors, industry experts, and corporations interested in capitalizing on the greatest wealth-creation opportunity of our lifetime: solving climate change.”

Lonnie Dicus, Office of the Mayor, Beaverton, Oregon

We've been involved in several visioning and planning exercises in the past, and we can't believe how fast their process has been. In just two days, we developed clearly defined goals, strategies, and actions - and linked them together so that - for the first time ever - we had a compelling vision for the future. It was amazing how they (Boyd Cohen & his team) helped us to get from practically no vision to a complete roadmap that we'll be able to apply on a much broader scale

Mayor Gregor Robertson, Vancouver, Canada

With a massive shift in the global economy toward sustainable business, new markets are emerging and cities are poised to capitalize. Climate Capitalism demonstrates how cities can succeed in the global green economy by taking advantage of the growing demand for clean, green innovation. To build a future that values people and the planet, we need to rethink how we do business—and Climate Capitalism shows how to do it.
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