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Week 6: Smart leadership and strategy


In the following video, Lorraine leads you through the critical factors of leadership, partnerships, strategy and standards. With multiple smart city innovations and projects, who is to lead, and on what basis? And which approaches best support innovation and enterprise?

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If smart cities are going to advance city life how should leadership evolve to keep up? Who are our smart city leaders? Are they our politicians, council managers, business bosses or community champions? Collaboration has emerged as a driving force that is critical to the success of smart cities. This could involve the public sector working with industry, universities, communities and citizens through partnership approaches. By encouraging grass roots ideas we create a fertile environment for innovation and also share risk, building capacity and mobilising action to deliver shared solutions and driving inward investment. But which governance model and delivery mechanism is best? No single solution fits all, and around the world we see a variety of approaches to smart city development.
Some cities develop formal partnerships and strategies. Others focus their attention on deploying innovative solutions through more informal routes. When the needs of each city can be so different, is there value in cities coming together to share approaches and create smart city standards?
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For your smart cities project this week you will learn how to prototype your ideas, drawing on the notes you’ve been drafting in the Smart Cities Project Ideas Template.

By the end of this week, you should be able to:

  • explain the role of public-private-people partnerships in smart cities
  • discuss the importance of leadership in developing smart city programmes
  • identify some different approaches to developing smart city strategies.

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