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, Vice President at Project for Public Spaces, will be joining us again in September this year. The Project for Public Spaces continues to be a global hub for the placemaking movement and continues to lead and inspire the transformation of places for people around the world.
In the past months, the Future Cities Collaborative has been involved in various conferences speaking on the importance of our work, and the need to recognise the importance of Universities and Town Centres in building great cities.
Parramatta City Council, with the support of the Future Cities Collaborative, will host a city leaders summit for the Greater Sydney Metropolitan Area that will provide a forum to explore the opportunities and challenges in creating Smart Cities.This new initiative will be a platform for Parramatta City Council to demonstrate what they are doing to become Sydney's first Smart City, and also allow peer-to-peer learning on Smart City initiatives with Mayors from across the Sydney Metropolitan Area.
Adding his expert insights into Smart Cities is Paul Budde, who will be a contributor to the Smart Cities Summit in November.