INSPIRING FUTURE CITY LEADERS
The Future Cities Collaborative brings together policy, practice and research to inform our city leaders into inspired action to build great cities. The Collaborative is an initiative of the United States Studies Centre, with its primary role to promote sustainable urban development by supporting city leaders with leadership and strategic management tools, creating a forum in which mayors can share ideas and information, and being a site for capacity building and development of skills and knowledge in building sustainable cities.
The cornerstone of the Future Cities Collaborative is the Future Cities Program, which focuses on supporting both regional and metroplitan city leaders in New South Wales, by providing them with the knowledge, skills and resources to build sustainable and liveable communities.
The Future Cities Program realises that informed and visionary leadership is needed to decide how, when, and where new approaches and technologies can be used to make a real difference in improving not only the livability but also the sustainability and productivity of our cities. Strategic planning and sustainable urban development are being brought to the fore the world over and the Future Cities Program, in collaboration with the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, is supporting our leaders by using evidence-based solution modeling, first-hand examples and education, and collaborative approaches to shared problems to make meaningful differences to Australian cities.
Cities need to be great places for people to live, work, and play - but how do local governments achieve this vision for the future and create thriving places? This people-centric approach to public space was the focus last week as four leaders in Placemaking and civic life came together to share ideas and insights from careers focused on creating thriving places and future-ready cities.
Our latest newsletter is here! It's been a busy six months for the Future Cities Collabortive; the 2015 Future Cities Program and US-City Exchange on Local Finance Mechanisms have both been completed; our projects have been growing rapidly, as we help our member cities take on Green Infrastructure Implementation and Smart City Initiatives; and both Ed Blakely and Sandy Burgoyne have been getting global recognition for the valueable work of the Collaborative.
Sandy Burgoyne, Director of the Future Cities Collaborative, was invited to share with academics and practioners the innovative work of the Future Cites Program at the S3 Singapore Sustainability Symposium held in Nanyang Technological University in April, and the ISCN 2015 Conference held at Hong Kong University in June. She shares with us her thoughts about the conferences and why Universities and Cities must work collaboratively to acheive sustainble development.