Why the private and public sectors work together to create smart cities?
Let’s face it, the world is not going to build itself brick by brick and we can’t surely all be mavericks that set out on an impossible journey of evolving for the future sake of our planet. Smart data and advanced infrastructure will continue to connect humanity, which in turn will trigger the impact of population growth.
The Instagram, Apple, and Airbnb generation is already getting off their couches to surf for more mature alternatives to impact the digital innovation economy., While the young and daring Gen Z has taken to the streets to educate the pompous and frivolous climate hoax generation.
The acceleration of Smart Cities may not be a subject that only addresses infrastructure, data, or other complex scientific literature, it definitely isn’t about flying cars, robot wars, teleportation, or intergalactic travel, like the fiction we grew up watching thanks to the creative ability of the baby boomers. But now knee-deep in this pandemic, we know that the booming of Smart Cities is about enabling the cities of tomorrow with better connectivity by shifting the conversation from nonsensical policies planned behind closed doors to develop better roads, clean water, sustainable agriculture, green logistics, pollution solutions, democratic participation, affordable healthcare, food chain systems, and global economic balance. All of this not only ensures the welfare of the next generation citizen, but strengthens humanity’s chance at saving the planet from disease, disaster, and violence. After all, we have indeed traveled a long way from barbaric bloodshed to be a well-suited form of civilization.
The next-gen smart citizen or netizen is hyperconnected, can make or break public and private constitutions, in order to satisfy the needs of this 5G generation. However, it is highly imperative to forge public and private partnerships that will accelerate the height of development. These smart citizens are already spoilt for choices, their loyalty and lifestyle has shifted from brand to brand over the years depending on the level of satisfaction offered.
Now we wonder, why are public and private partnerships relevant? It’s all about purpose and importance, the Gig economy over the last decade showcased a great deal of private organizations that have provided impactful solutions at a rapid pace, most of these private organizations rolled out solutions that provide effective mobility, smart gadgets improving connectivity, and advanced science to reevaluate the flexibility of materials, this has led us to become a carbon negative and climate-conscious society.
While public organizations have been eager to get on board and advance this era of innovation, the journey has been tough and slow! However, it is understandable as public organizations have a lot to evaluate and test before digging deep into their taxpayer wallet and sometimes it is simply due to bureaucratic limitations that made the onboarding process longer than expected.
Today during this long break or the vacation period of 2020, when everyone is cozied up at their home office with a lot of time to consider life choices, we can say after many Zoom meetings or teleconferences our values and objectives have been aligned. What started merely as a mirage, today due to active collaboration between the public diaspora and the very hip private union has begun to sculpt a new model for the cities of tomorrow. Globally many cities are being enabled with smart solutions, the Berlin senate has been a pioneer in this effort for almost 2 decades by enabling a wave of innovation and development across Berlin. In this case, it is not only the city authorities that have ensured the success of these initiatives but we can witness a diverse group of citizens, creators, and developers that have set stone to position the city of Berlin as a model Smart City of the future. The Berlin senate in this regard has not only engaged with established corporations and professionals but has also incubated an ecosystem of entrepreneurs and innovators that are tirelessly working towards creating a resilient and hyper-connected Smart City.
Some cities leading this new trend are Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Seoul, Neom, London, Dubai, Copenhagen, Amsterdam, New York, Bangalore, Quebec among many others, these cities have already proved their worth as world business and technology game-changers whose global significance (and GDP) sometimes surpasses that of many countries. If the 20th century was the century dominated by radicals, corruption, and nations. The 21st century will be the golden era of connectivity, innovation, and smarter cities. The Smart City revolution is about solving the next big challenges of the 21st century, it’s time the global population woke up from the long hibernation period to realize the need for tomorrow begins today.