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Lou Zacharilla

Lou Zacharilla

Louis Zacharilla is a social entrepreneur who is credited with initiating the global Intelligent Community movement. As the Co-Founder of the Intelligent Community Forum, a global think tank and foundation which studies “energized communities” for the new century, he developed the Intelligent Community of the Year Awards program. Through the New York-based organization, he helps community thought leaders to understand and implement the best practices of the world’s leading communities based on five criteria established in the Intelligent Community Forum's landmark 2001 study. He is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator at conferences and events on a range of topics. In 2012 he was one of three people in the world quoted in the influential annual Wealth Report on the world’s best cities of the future. In December 2012 he was invited to participate in the Nobel Peace Prize event dialogue on ways to create more open and free societies. Mr. Zacharilla is the co-author of three books, Broadband Economies: Building the Community for the 21st Century, Seizing Our Destiny and B2B Without the BS. He also writes a regular column for Satellite Executive Briefing magazine. His work was the subject of a multi-part series in Taiwan’s Ideas Magazine in 2011 and he was recently featured in Mayors & Cities Magazine and Smart+Connected Communities. He is also featured in a video for the City of Stockholm (ICF’s 2009 Intelligent Community of the Year). Mr. Zacharilla oversees the formation of Institutes for the Study of the Intelligent Community across the globe. Mr. Zacharilla has served as an adjunct professor at New York’s Fordham University, is a guest lecturer at New York University’s Polytechnic Institute’s School of Innovation Technology & Enterprise and recently lectured at Central European University (Budapest). He was named a judge for the French-based World E-Democracy Awards and was elected a member of the board of trustees at Walsh University (Ohio, USA). He was named by the government of Australia as a member of the New York Dialogue, a group of leaders from multi-disciplines who continue a global dialogue among the two nations. He holds a Masters degree from the University of Notre Dame (Indiana, USA). Louis A. Zacharilla was born in Lyons, New York and lives in Manhattan. For media interviews or to arrange a speaking event for Mr. Zacharilla, please contact: Nathan Rudyk at nathan@market2world.com or call +1 613-256-3939, or Matthew Owen, Communications Director, Intelligent Community Forum at +1 646-291-6166 (x105) or Mowen@intelligentcommunity.org. Follow the Intelligent Community Forum on Twitter (@NewCommunities), on Facebook (www.facebook.com/IntelligentCommunityForum) or on Linkedin at the group "Intelligent Community Forum."

lzacharilla@intelligentcommunity.org Twitter: @NewCommunities

Articles Posted by Lou Zacharilla

The top 7 intelligent communities of 2015: The year of “The No Name Cities”

The best thermometer of how the world views the 2015 finalists for the world’s most Intelligent Community of the Year designation is best found in More...

Toronto reclaims its oxygen and lets emotions show

Congratulations to Toronto, Ontario, Canada on its success in being named the 2014 Intelligent Community of the Year. The Intelligent Community made the announcement on More...

Incense Rising – Taichung and the World’s Top7 Intelligent Communities

Taichung City, Taiwan 24 January 2014 – Passion is so much a part of motivation.  So is pride.  A genuine sense of both filled the More...

The world’s Smart21 Intelligent Communities for 2014

The Intelligent Community Forum has named the world’s Smart21 Intelligent Communities for 2014. Only 126 communities over the last 16 years have gained this designation. More...

Why Ohio is an Intelligent Community success

On Monday October 21, 2013 the Intelligent Community Forum will announce the Smart21 communities for 2014. Chosen from competitors around the world by an international panel of judges, More...