Smart City Leadership ProgrammeShaping Smart City Leaders
Cities play a vital role in addressing the increasingly complex array of challenges that society now faces, from economic prosperity to resource stewardship. Changing society’s habits and behaviours, designing and managing services in new and different ways, as well as responding to and exploiting 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 so crucial.
To address this, Peterborough DNA joined forces with the British Standards Institute (BSI) and UrbanDNA to develop and deliver the unique Smart City Leadership Programme in Peterborough. The Programme has been designed to ensure that the essential component of Smart City leadership is understood and recognised as a necessary part of a city’s commitment to realise its smart ambitions.
The Smart City Leadership Programme is just one aspect of the close working relationship Peterborough has developed with the BSI, having been involved in the production of the BSI portfolio of Smart City Standards — including PAS 181, The Smart City Framework. Peterborough also hosts the Chair of BSI’s SDS/2 Committee on Smart and Sustainable Cities and is a founder member of the City Standards Institute. We continue to be involved in helping to inform and shape national and international thinking on smart cities.
The initial programme outputs formed the basis of the Future Peterborough Framework being delivered here in Peterborough. In addition, interest from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office has led to the delivery of a revised version of the Smart Cities Programme in a number of Indian cities.