Smart cities, smart reads: 3 posts you really shouldn't miss

Wed, 2015-07-22 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

In many parts of the world, it's the height of vacation season. And along with the spy novels and videos you're downloading, we'd like to suggest a few good reads from the smart cities realm.

Solving your smart city puzzle
In this blog post, Charbel Aoun, Senior Vice President for Smart Cities with Council Lead Partner Schneider Electric, explains that in his travels, he's often asked two questions: What is a smart city and how do we go about that journey? Acknowledging it can be a complex subject, thanks in part to the "nested interdependencies" within a smart city. His solution? He uses a simple analogy that compares the complex task of building a smart city to that of building a jigsaw puzzle. It's a sensible, easy-to-understand approach. So if you're ever strapped for answers to those questions, you might want to borrow Aoun's analogy.

Newcastle City Futures 2065: A blueprint for cities around the globe?
What's being called a ground-breaking program to consider the future of Newcastle – a city of around 300,000 located in Northeast England -- could be a blueprint for cities around the world, according to a report published by Newcastle University in partnership with the government’s chief scientist. What's boggling is what went into the project. It involved over 100 experts and stakeholders from diverse disciplines and organizations, over 100 pieces of evidence and the opinions of approximately 2,500 members of the public. The findings – and the "what's next?" phase of the project – were also quite revealing.

Leaders: Disrupt or be disrupted
There are likely useful takeaways for leaders from both the private sector and public sector in a piece by John Chambers, who spent 20 years at the helm of Cisco, a Council Lead Partner. Chambers, who is turning the CEO reins over to Chuck Robbins, offers three suggestions for leaders based on his experience running the networking giant: 1) Disrupt or be disrupted; 2) Have a bold vision, and 3) Move fast, but with discipline. "Today we’re at an inflection point as the world moves into the Digital Age, and one in which the ability to think boldly and then move with speed is absolutely critical," he writes. "With a vision, no-fail attitude and discipline, leaders can move at the speed and scale necessary to come out on top."

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