Program Preview: Smart City Governance
Smart City and Governance
Digitization is both a challenge and an opportunity for cities around the world. Furthermore, the combination of digitization and urban development is the basis for the emergence of smart cities. But smart cities are much more than just a collection of intelligent electricity systems and autonomously driving cars. A city, at its core, is defined by its inhabitants: their desires, needs, abilities and fears. Thus in order to truly generate value for a society, smart cities need to put people at the center and find new forms of cooperation with citizens that promote sustainability and resilience.
Governance plays a crucial role in the development of smart cities in this context; it refers to the way different stakeholders and actors work together to design and implement smart city projects.
Smart City Berlin
Berlin itself is on its way to becoming a smart city: through the “Smart Cities Model Projects” program, Berlin is developing a new smart city strategy via a multi-stage, participatory process (coordinated by CityLAB Berlin). The strategy is being developed in collaboration with Berlin’s diverse urban society, moving the smart city conversation away from a purely technological focus and toward a focus on co-design and inclusion.
In this process, governance models for Berlin’s smart city play a decisive role in the effective implementation of the strategy’s goals. But Berlin doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel here: there’s a clear opportunity for the city to learn from the experiences others have already had in the smart city context.
As part of the Creative Bureaucracy Festival, CityLAB Berlin and various international partners will explore various kinds of governance models and approaches, discussing and assessing their potential for the Smart City Berlin.
Events in this framework:
Governance in Smart Cities – International Perspectives
15 September, 11:00-12:00 a.m.
Citizen initiatives, PPPs or centralised governance? Best Practices from Smart Cities around the world
15 September, 12:00-13:00 a.m.
Workshops of the Creative Bureaucracy Festival Academy
daily, 4:00-5:30 p.m.