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Crossing the Threshold - a primer for sustainable digitalisation in real estate and cities


Crossing the Threshold is a key resource for those wanting to start understanding and applying sustainable digitalisation. It is a primer to help industry and cities start taking action and leadership on sustainable digitalisation.

Crossing the Threshold identifies 24 ESG opportunities and risks that will likely be materially consequential to many real estate and city stakeholders, and offers a framework for action to help organisations build capacity and provide industry leadership.

It was conceived, funded and authored by Simon Carter of Morphosis, published by the RICS and endorsed by the Property Council of Australia (PCA), Green Building Council of Australia (GBCA), Infrastructure Sustainability Council of Australia (ISCA) and the Global Real Estate Sustainability Benchmark (GRESB).

Ethical by Design: Principles for Good Technology

The Ethics Centre

Learn the principles you need to consider when designing ethical technology, how to balance the intentions of design and use, and the rules of thumb to prevent ethical missteps. Understand how to break down some of the biggest challenges and explore a new way of thinking for creating purpose-based design.

You’re responsible for what you design – make sure you build something good. Whether you are editing a genome, building a driverless car or writing a social media algorithm, this report offers the knowledge and tools to do so ethically.

The Ethics Centre is Australia’s leading ethics education, innovation and advisory body.

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Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy AI

European Commission

On 8 April 2019, the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on AI presented Ethics Guidelines for Trustworthy Artificial Intelligence.

According to the Guidelines, trustworthy AI should be:

  1. lawful -  respecting all applicable laws and regulations

  2. ethical - respecting ethical principles and values

  3. robust - both from a technical perspective while taking into account its social environment

AI system should meet the following 7 requirements:

  1. Human agency and oversight

  2. Technical robustness and safety

  3. Privacy and data governance

  4. Transparency

  5. Diversity, non-discrimination and fairness

  6. Societal and environmental well-being

  7. Accountability


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Digitalisation is inevitable, but is it sustainable?

Green Building Council of Australia

This podcast (27min) is a great introduction to sustainable digitalisation and Crossing the Threshold. It is a conversation between Simon Carter, author of Crossing the Threshold, and Jessica Power of the GBCA as part of the GBCA’s excellent The Voice podcast series.




Creative Innovation TV

Creative Innovation

Creative Innovation, “The place to learn from world-changing innovators, futurists, inspired thinkers and curious souls gathered together in an interactive community. A place to imagine the future.”, explores many of the big questions around the responsibility, ethics and sustainability of digitalisation. Many of the excellent keynote presentations from its annual conferences are available on Creative Innovation TV.


Image at top: Lucrezia Carnelo