The first Smart Dublin Advisory Network meeting took place on the 12th October in the Mansion House. The plan is for the network to meet every six months to help guide the work of Smart Dublin as it develops and implements its strategy and programmes. The first meeting mainly focused on introducing Smart Dublin and undertaking some initial workshop exercises to brainstorm initial ideas and feedback and to do so preliminary backcasting. The first task was a quick introduction and for each person to say in one word a quality they hoped Smart Dublin would fulfil. Here’s a list of those aspirational words – which I have grouped into triplets – a list against which to judge over the next few years how successful Smart Dublin has been.
Connectivity Networking Integrated
Collaborative Cooperation Sharing
People Community Engagement
Well-being Safe Quality-of-life
Accessible Sustainable Diversity
Data Insight Problem-solving
Strategic Joined-up Agile
Transformative Future-proofing International
Innovation Start-ups Testing
Socio-technical Curiosity Easy
Interestingly, efficiency, economy and open – which are three of the four key terms that have to date underpinned Smart Dublin’s work (along with engagement) – were not suggested. Personally, I think it’s a fascinating list in terms of what it prioritizes as key attributes of a successful smart city and it would be interesting to compare this list to other lists produced by stakeholder groups in other cities. A brief post about the advisory board meeting and the Smart Dublin showcase that followed its first meeting can be found here.