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.
Ethan Kent, Senior Vice President of Project for Public Spaces (PPS), has finished another successful trip to Australia as a guest of the Future Cities Collaborative. His extensive program included keynote presentations, workshops, and masterclasses organised and sponsored by the Future Cities Collaborative and the 2016 Media Architecture Biennale (MAB16). Read more to find out what our guest from PPS got up to whilst here.
Our last day in New York City focused on data driven solutions to urban problems. We focused on the role of the private sector in forming solutions and partnering with government to deliver them; and the role of philanthropy in building the capacity of elected leaders so they are best able to utilise the data driven solutions availble for their pressing urban problems. The Exchange is presented by the Future Cities Collaborative, an initiative of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.
Leaving New York City for the day, the delegates of the US-Australia City Exchange on Innovation Ecosystems, travelled by train to Philadelphia to meet with several leading anchor institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. The Exchange is presented by the Future Cities Collaborative, an initiative of the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney.