Smart Villages

About three billion people in the world live outside an urban centre. These people also make up the bulk of those below the poverty line. Their communities are underserviced both in terms of physical infrastructure as well as opportunities for personal and collective growth.


The Smart Villages project aims to find a scalable 'smart' architecture of these communities through which they may become economically self-reliant and move from being spectators to contributors to the global economy. Smart Villages represents a path to rural prosperity and global prosperity.

With an emphasis is on the scalability, an essential component of a scalable smart architecture will be peer-to-peer collaboration which empowers people to help themselves.


Smart Villages focuses on creating networks of learning, which include knowledge and training, in a way that catalyses a scalable effect. Smart Villages also attempts to measure key social indicators and use them to build predictive mathematical models of social dynamics.

The Smart Villages project has a role for academics and non-government organizations (NGOs) as well as philanthropists and investors. New science and technology await discovery and development. New social architectures have yet to be conceptualized. NGOs have a role in taking these ideas to the field and returning valuable feedback. Philanthropy is needed to launch these projects. Investors should look for new business opportunities that will emerge as a large segment of the global population, which is currently not participating in the economy, begins to take an active role.

Smart Villages looks at people who, for want of proper training, are not aware of their own potential as independent creators and contributors, but rather see themselves as spectators, consumers and dependents. With education, health care and employment opportunities, these people can discover their own potential, in turn revealing a path to global prosperity and, perhaps as a consequence, global peace. Reach out to the project leaders to get involved.

Project Leaders


Kumar Murty

The Fields Institute

Department of Mathematics

University of Toronto

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Mariana Prada

Professor and Associate Dean

Graduate Studies

School of Law

University of Toronto


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Joe Wong

Ralph and Roz Halbert Professor of Innovation

Professor and Canada Research Chair

Department of Political Science

Munk School of Global Affairs
University of Toronto


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