[E100 Alert] What is a Knowledge Cities
Knowledge zones are emerging rapidly as the next step in the quest for sustainable growth and economic development for cities, regions, countries, and even corporations and global virtual organizations. As the knowledge-based economy expands, stakeholders are finding this to be an appealing transformational pathway to a prosperous, diversified, and abundant future.
Knowledge cities, for example, when developed intelligently and in harmony with the natural environment, have the potential to provide for the well being of stakeholders, bringing prosperity, safety, and a high quality of life for citizens. There is a near-term opportunity for leadership executives to learn from the progress to-date, and to strategically position themselves and their constituents to play an active role in leveraging knowledge, intellectual capital, and creativity, for the benefit of themselves and their communities.
As we explored the topics in Monterrey: Knowledge Cities, Knowledge Regions and a Knowledge World - http://www.knowledgesystems.org/e100mty/index.html#monterrey. we discovered how knowledge-based Development (KBD) is consolidating as a strategic approach in regions and countries which have achieved the highest levels of sustainable development. Scandinavian countries, the European Union, Canada and Australasia, have made of KBD the axis of its developmental policies. When viewed in this context, all the concepts, methods and tools developed by ENTOVATION practitioners becomes relevant to building successful enterprises.
The ENTOVATION Group/Alliance (EG/A) has decided to fully investigate this phenomenon by founding a Knowledge Cities Observatory (KCO) in consort with the plans of the 4th International E100 Roundtable in Barcelona November 13-17th. Under the leadership of Angel Arbonies (Spain) and Ron Dvir (Israel), this major initiative will take shape and traction with the launch. The E100 and their guests from their own local cities will be invited to participate. The formal invitation is forthcoming this week, but what follows is a summary of highlights. Please mark your calendars NOW.
What is the Knowledge City Observatory?
The intention of the Knowledge City Observatory is to bring together the cutting edge cities that want to win competitive advantage by pioneering a new environment for their citizens. The ultimate aim of the observatory is to increase the innovation capacity and performance of cities based on a new set of knowledge policy drivers by creating an active community of knowledge sensitive cities or regions, which will learn from each other. This observatory will provide short-term insights and recipes as well as longer term observations. The observatory will be launched in Barcelona, with experts from the ENTOVATION network and founding cities.
What are the 10 Core Principles* of the Knowledge City?
* Detailed background information forthcoming from the Kaieteur Institute of Knowledge Management.
Threads of research, collaboration and action
The visioning and architecting of a knowledge city is a complex challenge, which involved multiple dimensions. The Knowledge Cities Observatory will focus, in the context of an overall framework, on specific dimensions. The set of these issues will be determined by the members and updated from time to time to reflect shifts in priorities of the member cities. The collective capacity of KCO to aggregate cutting-edge analyses and consultancy, integrating a number of highly relevant and complementary threads will provide the platform for breakthroughs at the urban level. A starter set discussed at the kick-off event in Barcelona includes the following threads:
I: City Innovation SuperHighway
Activities of Knowledge City Observatory
The set of joint activities that serve the observatory objective will emerge by the members. However, we envision the following initial core activities:
Coaching of cities and supporting them in their journey to become exemplar knowledge cities. Membership in the observatory will provide not only access to the extraordinary talent base of its members, but also to a large set of relevant tools (such as Regional Intellectual Capital reports, Urban Future Centres, City Innovation Engines and other knowledge and innovation mechanisms.
Barcelona as a Knowledge City
And so this is a Pre-Announcement... We have been carefully exploring many other examples of knowledge-based development and are providing a systematic analysis to illustrate how knowledge cities can be used to create extraordinary value, enduring and sustainable prosperity. A short sample of initiatives includes:
Do you have an exemplar City to showcase and/or become part of the learning process?
Stay tuned for the formal announcement and reserve your place at the table...
Always in your Network,
Debra M. Amidon
Founder and CEO
ENTOVATION International Ltd.
2 Reading Avenue, Suite 300
Wilmington, MA 01887 USA
"Innovating our future...together."