Who leads smart city initiatives? Who comes up with the ideas and how are they implemented? This course explores how smart leadership can contribute towards the creation of smart cities and implementation of smart city projects. It also explores how city authorities can partner with like-minded individuals and institutions to realize the smart city vision.
BRINGING PEOPLE ON BOARD
The city leadership should bring everyone on board in order to realize its smart city vision. The government should bring together citizens, business leaders and technocrats on board. Everyone should be involved in developing and implementing the smart city ideas.
No smart city initiative will be successful without bringing citizens on board. Citizens may not understand how some of the smart city projects are going to impact their lives. As a result, they will not embrace these initiatives. It is the role of the government to make citizens aware of the impacts of these initiatives on their lives. The government should involve citizens from the development stage, to implementation and towards completion of the projects.
Revenue collected by the city government has to be allocated accordingly across various sectors to serve citizens` needs. This revenue has to be balanced across sectors in order to provide health facilities, education, infrastructure, and paying salaries to civil servants.
Due to many needs, the revenue may not be enough to invest in smart city projects. The government may need to raise taxes in order to raise enough revenue. However, this may overwhelm low income earners. The best option is to partner with academic and research institutions, the private sector, local and foreign investors. This will enable the government to acquire professional skills and funds to help implement smart city projects. Academic and Research Institutions should explore city challenges and come up with smart innovations to tackle these challenges. The government should partner with local and foreign investors, as well as private sector to fund these innovations. This will help mobilize resources as well as boost the city economy.
COLLABORATION ACROSS SECTORS
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Every sector has a role to play in making the smart city vision a reality. A city is a system of systems which brings many systems together. Therefore, all systems need to work together for the success of the whole system. When a city comes up with smart technology systems, it needs qualifies personnel to operate these systems. Therefore, the education sector has a role of imparting these skills in learners. As the urban population grows, the agricultural sector needs to provide enough food to feed the population. Increase in population leads to demand for employment. Therefore, the civil service and the business community needs to provide more jobs for the growing population. All these sectors need to collaborate with each other for the success of the city. It is the role of the city leadership to create this collaboration.
SMART LAWS AND REGULATIONS
The government should create laws that enable citizens to do business with ease. They should eliminate complicated legal requirements for doing business. Some entrepreneurs may be unable to start businesses due to high taxes and many legal procedures involved. The government should amend the laws to create a conducive environment for entrepreneurship and innovation.
WHO SHOULD LEAD SMART CITIES?
Who should be at the helm of smart cities? Is it political leaders, business minds or technocrats? All these aspects are essential for the success of smart cities- politics, business, education, and technical skills. It takes a mastermind to bring all these aspects together to achieve the big picture.
Therefore, a city needs someone with a smart city vision as a leader. Someone who can bring the right people on board to achieve one goal.
It takes smart leadership and smart citizens to achieve the smart city vision. As we have learnt in this course, a city needs different systems to work together in order to become a smart city. This requires smart leadership, collaboration, and strategic partnerships.