Relationships and Data – Urban Living

Assessments suggest an additional 2.5bn people living in global cities by 2050. That’s only 30 years away; that’s a lot of people using a lot of services – creating an ocean of data. And that’s why the correct exploitation of that data is resoundingly understood as being key to our longevity and sustainability.

The UK government for example knows this. The Gov.UK vision is to provide public self service access to information services and resources on a multi channel cross agency basis – to the entire population.

Sustainable living is now more than aspirational. The future is in fact now. it is therefore the only plausible way if we are to maintain the standard of living that we are accustomed to. Both infrastructural and environmental – climate change and urban mobility, are two of the pillars of a transformational urban future.

And data Intelligence is the key. So a lot of data from a great many sources, processed using highly ethical practices. EU states are looking and planning ahead. Take GDPR, the growth of big (personal) data utilisation, and its use in anger to support expanding population bearing infrastructures, means that every player on the data processing pitch has to be ethically sound, accountable and trustworthy.

Governments around the world are grappling with the challenge of proactively building the consumer interface at mass scale. Some are doing a better job than others.

To drive this, robust reciprocal empowered relationships that enable collaboration to support and hone innovation, are being optimised throughout all those external eco-systems that are doing the job right.

The vision, and crucially the objectives (like the ones you can see here on gov.uk) simply cannot be achieved by enforcing out-dated one-way approaches to supplier and contract management.

Moreover, government and private sector organisations who choose to embrace reciprocity and the infinite array of opportunity unlocked by mature and productive equitable relationships will increasingly pave the way.

Several European cities, London being one, in exploration with tech and pan-industry manufacturers are forming hubs, pioneering new and exciting applications for IOT. This is effectively trailblazing the way in terms of pre-adaption to climate change, improving energy efficiency, and preparing for growth at mass scale in terms of urban planning.

Two critical dependencies that actually double as key enablers:

The importance of mature equitable relationships between our cities, tech community, and manufactures. To succeed, they must coalesce as innovators for the future.

Trust. The sheer incalculable level of data that will be produced in this evolving millennia, as described, relies on trust between the people, and those hubs. The size of the task – a systemic shift from lack of trust to overall trust, is not yet fully appreciated and in fact probably represents a huge programme of societal and cultural change.

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