This report describes the smart city as a concept, discusses the issues that have arisen in the post-GFC society, the need for a smart environment vision, and the importance of moving the focus from the remoteness and rigidity of national government back to a more grassroots level, while still taking advantage of the benefits offered by the technological advances that have made. The key themes are collaboration, the need for open government, open data and the eradication of the silo mentality. The sharing economy model is discussed and the way local government is taking leadership, along with the associated problems, away from the higher levels of government. A proactive local government is an essential part of the development of the smart city – led by the mayor, who is supported by the smart council. Public Private People Partnerships will generate citizen engagement and encourage local stakeholders. Strong leadership, a clear vision and sound strategies, along with a horizontal approach that facilitates community innovation, are the building blocks for this new societal framework.
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Last updated 16 Jan 2017
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