Smart City Leadership ProgrammeSupporting Smart Cities
SMART CITIES & LEADERSHIP
Cities play a vital role in addressing the increasingly complex array of challenges that society now faces, from economic prosperity, community engagement and resource stewardship. The need to change society’s habits and behaviours, the need to design and manage services in new and different ways and the need to respond to and exploit the potential that modern technologies offer, are all characteristics of future, successful cities. The task of city leaders to steer and shape their city’s destiny has never been more crucial.
Opportunity Peterborough, in partnership with the British Standards Institute (BSI) and UrbanDNA, has developed the Smart City Leadership Programme (SCLP) as part of the UK’s Future City Demonstrator Programme. The programme has been thoroughly tested in Peterborough, UK, which was awarded World Smart City in 2015. It is also being delivered in a number of cities In India, funded by the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, as part of the Indian Smart Cities Initiative. The SCLP has been designed to ensure that the essential leadership component of Smart City development is understood and recognised as a necessary part of a city’s commitment to realise its smart ambitions.
“We are beginning to think about smart outcomes for our people rather than smart, hi-tech stuff as inputs”
- The programme is delivered over two and a half consecutive days involving a wide range of city leaders, using the innovative “BlueRoom” method of working
- To set the scene and enable the content to be fine-tuned, all participants are asked to complete an online survey prior to attending the programme
- A “knowledge wall” of focused research materials is prepared to help stimulate creative and innovative thinking and to inform discussion and debate
- Breakout sessions drive deeper insights before testing in plenary sessions
- As a precursor to developing an agreed way forward, participants assess the current smart status of the host city using the Smart City Maturity Matrix set out in BSI PD8100
- The final sessions begin the creation of an outline Smart City Roadmap which includes interconnections and interdependencies between identified initiatives.
The Smart City Leadership Programme is aimed at pan-city leadership, with attendance being representative of the team necessary to drive forward the Smart City agenda within the host city. This will include public, private and third sector senior executives. The programme is necessarily intensive and requires high-level commitment over two and a half days. Overall it aims to:
- Increase the personal and collective knowledge amongst city leaders about the need for, and possibilities arising from, a smart city approach
- Establish the foundations needed to increase the pace at which the city is able to respond to and build upon to the ‘smart city’ opportunities
- Improve alignment of the human and systems fabric for collaboration within the city leadership community
- Explore new ideas and start to shape tangible opportunities to engage with a range of specific initiatives
- Construct an outline roadmap for the host city based on an honest leadership assessment of its current level of development
- ‘Share the burden’ of developing common solutions to identified city challenges and needs and,
- Create the foundations for transformational leaps in thinking in the city to ensure that it can address and sustain improvement on the ‘big challenges’ it faces more effectively.
- The Programme will help to develop a cohesive, pan-city leadership team with a shared understanding of what “smart leadership” means for participating cities
- An open assessment of the city’s progress towards a smarter future using BSI PAS 181 Smart City Framework and the PD8100 Smart City Overview maturity framework
- A bespoke, co-created roadmap will help to maintain focus and momentum towards the agreed goals and is now forming the basis of current discussions regarding Peterborough;’ “Smart” vision, ambitions and goals.