There’s a ‘We’ve always done it this way’ mentality that, sadly, holds us back from achieving results that we have yet to even contemplate. Innovation is not just a luxury for a few but an important part of the toolkit that anyone wanting to produce great outcomes can utilize, be it next week, next month or next year. Innovation is what will make the difference between the city we currently live in and a smart city we will all relish living in in the very near future.
Innovation Is The Difference
Community Inspired Innovation
Historically our cities have developed as a consequence of planners needing to respond to multiple stakeholders, often with opposing views, forming viewpoints based on these stakeholders’ past experiences, how they respond to their environment and often interpreting any potential change as a threat. Our communities are attached to where they live on an emotional level.
If we can accurately demonstrate to the various community stakeholders where we are now, the vision of where we can be, plus the methods we need to utilise to effect that progress, then we envisage our communities joining us for the journey. A major part of this process is seeing where our planning policies intersect with people’s day to day living experiences and developing progress that will help shape our future urban environment in socially sensitive and environmentally friendly ways.
We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used to create them. There’s a way to do it better – find it.