How to become a Smart City


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.

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction
    • 2.1 Mayors taking the lead in building smart cities
    • 2.2 People are ready for smart environments
  • 3. Holistic thinking essential in smart city vision
    • 3.1 Local government
    • 3.2 Holistic thinking
  • 4. The role of local councils
    • 4.1 Infrastructure comes naturally to local councils
    • 4.2 Why should local government be involved?
    • 4.3 Open data
  • 5. How to get started
    • 5.1 Leadership and smart city vision
    • 5.2 The smart council
    • 5.3 PPPPs (Public Private People Partnerships) – cities collaborating with citizens and private enterprise
      • 5.3.1 A collaborative local community model
      • 5.3.2 Framework for local government policies
      • 5.3.3 Stakeholder groups
      • 5.3.4 Information and education
  • 6. The sharing economy
    • 6.1 Shared community services
    • 6.2 Strategic elements of the sharing economy
    • 6.3 Sustainable communities
    • 6.4 CONCLUSION
  • 7. Paul Budde Consultancy
  • 8. Related reports
  • Exhibit 1 - Gigabit cities
  • Exhibit 2 - Trans-sector vs Cross-sector
  • Exhibit 3 - Cities have all the tools to take charge
  • Exhibit 4 - Death by pilots
  • Exhibit 5 - Key steps in developing a smart council

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Last updated 16 Jan 2017
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