I’ll explore six “inconvenient truths” in this article to describe why I think that’s the case; and what we can do about it:
- The “Smart City” isn’t a technology concept; it’s the political challenge of adapting one of the most powerful economic and social forces of our time to the needs of the places where most of us live and work.
- Cities won’t get smart if their leaders aren’t involved.
- We can’t leave Smart Cities to the market, we need the courage to shape the market.
- Smart cities aren’t top down or bottom up. They’re both.
- We need to tell honest stories.
- No-one will do this for us – we have to act for ourselves.