Future Citie - Catapult City as Strategist

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Has the city set a clear direction and built the internal capabilities required to support innovation?

 
Tier 1 - Top performers
 
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Why it's important

City halls are often large organisations encompassing many separate departments, each with its own responsibilities and day-to-day pressures.

Delivering a sustained commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship can be challenging in such a complex environment.

Good policy can be built on an ad hoc basis but, in order to really maximise its potential, it is wise to ensure that the plans and people are in place to provide leadership, and co-ordinate it across city hall.

Many cities have started to develop ambitious and wide-ranging strategies that weave together innovation, skills, economic development and planning, in the quest to become leading innovation hub.

High-performing cities are going on to establish innovation teams and leadership positions that provide integration to all policy initiatives, allowing for experimentation and transformation of the way city government operates.

What we looked for in cities
Innovation vision and strategy
Innovation teams and leadership
1

Publish a vision of how to support innovation and entrepreneurship

Setting out a clear strategy and making it publically available helps the city government and innovation ecosystem to come together around a unified vision.
2

Have a public set of KPIs that measure the success of the city’s vision

Measurable key performance indicators (KPIs) allow progress and success against the city strategy to be tracked and reported.
3

Have an innovation function within city hall

Specialist innovation teams can help to co-ordinate activities across city departments, spur the creation of new ideas and develop external partnerships for delivery.
4

Have senior leadership with responsibility for innovation and entrepreneurship

Innovation leaders are vital to keep innovation at the top of the city’s agenda and signal intent to the wider ecosystem.
Innovation vision and strategy
1
Publish a vision of how to support innovation and entrepreneurship
Setting out a clear strategy and making it publically available helps the city government and innovation ecosystem to come together around a unified vision.
2
Have a public set of KPIs that measure the success of the city’s vision
Measurable key performance indicators (KPIs) allow progress and success against the city strategy to be tracked and reported.
Innovation teams and leadership
3
Have an innovation function within city hall
Specialist innovation teams can help to co-ordinate activities across city departments, spur the creation of new ideas and develop external partnerships for delivery.
4
Have senior leadership with responsibility for innovation and entrepreneurship
Innovation leaders are vital to keep innovation at the top of the city’s agenda and signal intent to the wider ecosystem.
INSIGHTS FROM LEADING CITIES
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Via the Seoul Innovation Bureau, Seoul is promoting a Sharing City where citizens can use social media and an online platform to engage with the development of their public services. With a chief information officer in place since 1999, Seoul has taken the lead in establishing a sophisticated e-governance information system infrastructure.

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Chicago’s Innovation Delivery Team is one of five city teams funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, working on initiatives to improve city services. In 2011, Chicago appointed a chief technology officer, and The City of Chicago Technology Plan sets out an inspiring vision of change for the city.

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In London, the Smart London Plan was published by the Smart London Board to set out the role that digital technology can play in helping to address key city challenges such as rapid population growth, and to improve Londoners’ lives.