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What Works in the New Metropolis: The New Urban Pioneers

What Works in the New Metropolis: The New Urban Pioneers | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Meet the official in Chattanooga who built the fastest internet in the western hemisphere, the technocrat who revolutionized public transportation in Helsinki, the Berkeley professor who’s creating 3-D data maps of how cities work and more.

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Singapore, ...first drafted its plan in the 1960s...followed so closely and creat[ing] such an economic powerhouse that the city-state now exports its urban know-how...created an economy unto itself.
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As Adie Tomer and Robert Puentes, fellows at the Brookings Metropolitan Infrastructure Initiative, put it: “It all starts with cities making a concerted effort to understand who they are and where they want to go.” Singapore, for example, first drafted its plan in the 1960s, and it has been followed so closely and created such an economic powerhouse that the city-state now exports its urban know-how, hosts conferences about planning, and assists cities around the world with their infrastructure issues—for a price. The plan, in other words, has created an economy unto itself.


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… in smaller urban areas, businesses often grow even faster than ….than in a vast metropolitan region, where they are one among many.

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For another approach...visit Edmonton, Alberta. Its City Vision 2040 program breaks down city planning into six categories (finance, green, grow, live, move, and prosper), and then looks at what works and doesn’t work. ....it considers all aspects of expansion, from the impact on Edmonton’s neighboring municipalities to current patterns of development, transportation, and land use. The Municipal Development Plan is debated publicly...different views and more ideas are brought to the table. .... transparency makes it easier for the public to buy into a plan for their city’s future.
 

The builders of smart cities have also learned....a single building or neighborhood might serve as the best test bed for trying out ideas. Boston’s Innovation District is one such example. There, 1,000 acres of South Boston waterfront has become its own talent draw, providing affordable office space, services such as Internet and office supplies and networking events.


... these special districts is that they can exist and thrive in cities large and small. In fact, in smaller urban areas, businesses often grow even faster than they would in a vast metropolitan region, where they are one among many.

 

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Deb Nystrom, REVELN's insight:

Yes, planning can work, and the idea of small implementation pilots has long been a good one in these case study examples. Note that one city's plan, does not a template make, but can serve as useful lessons noting that culture, beliefs and behaviors could vary significantly from one area to another.  ~  D

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How Having & Sharing a Vision For Your Company can Accomplish the Miraculous

How Having & Sharing a Vision For Your Company can Accomplish the Miraculous | Change Leadership Watch | Scoop.it

Your vision should be a reach AND realistic => based on  an ability to develop key distinctive competencies.


What are examples of a clear vision?

Ewing Kauffman, at his founding of the Kansas City Royals baseball team in 1969, articulated a vision of competing in a World Series within 5 years. While this sounded highly improbable at the time, it caused the entire organization to measure every action it took against the aspiration to be the best! Kauffman built a superb organization and, while there wasn’t a World series within 5 years, the Royals did get to the World Series within 10 years.


The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis was started in 1984 with a vision to “cure spinal cord injury.” This was an audacious goal given the state of spinal cord research at that time. Twenty seven years later, the Miami Project has raised over $300 million for research and has pioneered critical breakthroughs in treating spinal cord injury -  unthinkable at its founding

 

In addition to its motivational  value, a clear vision serves as a powerful prism through which you judge every action you take.  It helps you set key priorities.  Does the action in question bring you closer to achieving your vision?

 

For example, if you want to be the best business office products retailer in your city, do you spend sufficient time out speaking with and understanding the office products needs of your potential business customers? A vision  forces you to ask these questions and serves as  a powerful organizing statement for your efforts.

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