WHY WE WORK WITH CITIES
Cities are critical to the future of the planet. Today cities generate around 80% of global GDP, and three-fourths of the world’s population will live in cities by 2030. Fronesys believes urbanization holds the key to sustainable growth, if cities can become inclusive, safe and resilient.
Yet cities face unprecedented challenges to achieving sustainable growth. Current structures and decision-making processes in cities are not fit for purpose in a rapidly changing world.
Individual city entities, including local government, healthcare, security and energy providers, often lack the context and incentives to follow an adaptive strategy.
City organisations and their leaders need practical wisdom to understand, assess, manage and measure their urban systems in a holistic way – engaging all stakeholders in the process.
HOW WE WORK WITH CITIES & WHAT WE OFFER
We believe integrated thinking can unlock lasting solutions to the complex, inter-related problems cities face. Fronesys helps cities understand and embed integrated thinking.
Our Integrated Impacts Framework for Cities is the world’s first value-based framework for cities. It’s a holistic approach that enables a city to optimize not only its economic value, but also its social, human and natural values – delivering both efficiency and resilience. Our work is grounded in our experience helping to define the International Framework, and in our relationships with Smart Cities.
EXAMPLE: MILTON KEYNES
Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing cities in the United Kingdom. Its population of 250,000 is expected to add another 60,000 over the next decade or so, resulting in the creation of 42,000 new jobs and requiring the construction of 28,000 new homes. The real challenge is to enable this growth in a sustainable way, without exceeding the capability of the city’s resources and infrastructure.
MK faces significant barriers to sustainable growth: an increase in congestion beyond the city’s current transport infrastructure capabilities, the water deficit the city already faces (not taking into account the need for more water as population grows), and meeting the city’s carbon reduction targets. The city collaborated with the Open University and a number of other partners to create a programme of Smart Cities activities, but there was no funding available for the activities. Fronesys crafted a business case to make MK’s ideas investment-worthy. Our work framed how Smart City initiatives could drive lasting economic development in MK.
The Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE) approved an £8m funding grant to a Milton Keynes consortium led by the Open University, with Fronesys part of the consortium. A further £8m was raised by consortium partners to enable the creation of MK:Smart, a Smart Cities initiative that develops innovative solutions to support economic growth in Milton Keynes. The initiative is built around a data hub that captures information from all sorts of city systems, including water, energy and transport systems. The programme also has ambitious education, business and community engagement activities.
Fronesys continues to sit on the Advisory Board for MK:Smart.
Find out more about MK:Smart here: www.mksmart.org.
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SMART CITIES & THE INTERNET OF THINGS
Smart cities are not just about smart systems and technologies, they emerge when we unleash and combine digital innovation, business innovation and civic innovation. New data platforms, service infrastructures, business models, partnerships and engagement models are creating city-wide digital ecosystems with dynamic relationships between public and private entities. Fronesys is working with cities across the UK to understand the emerging role of smart cities in the digital economy in order to create smart cities strategies and assess their economic impact.
A practical, hands-on and hugely interactive programme for entrepreneurs.
A Fronesys initiative for CityLabs, the Urban Business Lab programme will equip you with the understanding and the practical tools you need to address the business issues of product and service development, specifically in the digital economy. In just two and a half days you will work with a select group using the MK:Smart data-led business canvas to explore and help define the steps for development of your concept into a reality.
MORE FROM INSIGHTS
Urban Business Lab Programme is a practical, hands-on and hugely interactive programme for urban entrepreneurs who want to prosper and succeed in the digital economy. We use a data-led business canvas (developed within the MK:Smart Initiative) to shape the working of the programme.
Fronesys is pleased to announce the launch of CityLABS, a collaborative project funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). A consortium consisting of the Open University, Fronesys and ZTE, has been awarded the project, aiming to create an environment that engages SMEs in research and business development focused on urban challenges.
MK:Smart, the Smart Cities programme in Milton Keynes, United Kingdom, may have come to an end in May 2017, but it continues to win awards. Its most recent win is at the Biztech #BrightSparc Awards where MK:Smart was recognised as the best Academic and Business Research Project at the June 22 awards night.