Back at Intelligent Community Forum Summit 2016, Day 2.
At the Center for Information and Communication Sciences, we are vitally concerned with the social impact of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT). That’s why the “smart cities” movement worldwide is of interest to us, and an area in which we do research and development.
Here is the session I’m covering now, with summary from the ICF conference program:
Cooperating Across Borders in the Metropolitan Area
Robert Bell, Co-Founder, ICF
Ben Blanquera, Vice President, Delivery and Experience, Columbus Collaboratory
Chris Murray, City Manager, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Paulo Manoel Protasio, Chairman, R3ZIS
Tom Weisner, Mayor of Aurora, Illinois, USA
In a global economy, scale is a competitive advantage. Midsize and small Intelligent Communities build scale by creating a cooperative ecosystem that extends across municipal and county boundaries. It reduces unproductive competition among neighbors, leverages local strengths, open external markets and attracts inward investment. A visionary approach to politics is needed to ease fears, align motives and inspire action, as well as share understanding of the opportunities available in the broadband economy. How do effective leaders bring this ecosystem into being?
In final words, the panelists are emphasizing the importance of leadership, not just of organizations and players in the space, but especially of the individuals who represent those groups.
Building relationships–and trust–are seen as crucial components. Amazing to me how often these complex issues come back to some fundamentals of leadership and professional relationships.