ENVISIONED DISASTER: Global cities configuration break down Severe Economic meltdown Severe Transportation disaster Health disaster Competition for limited resources Pollution Overcrowding Severe Climate change Policy disaster Natural resource extinction AREA:disaster prevention, preparedness, response and adaptation NAME: Michael Iyanro COUNTRY: NIGERIA
Before year 2030, if urgent measures are not quickly taken to make our cities more livable and sustainable by revitalizing our current system and innovating for the future, the world is prone to face a severe catastrophe such as: Severe Economic disaster Global cities configuration breakdown Severe Transportation disaster Health disaster Competition for limited resources Pollution Overcrowding Severe Climate change Policy disaster Natural resource extinction Nevertheless, have chosen these ones because of the immense pressure that increase in population now placed on our major cities across the world. This year our global population reached the 7 billion mark – an historic milestone that brings with it new questions of economic, social and environmental sustainability. With over 50% of that 7 billion now living in cities, unprecedented strain is being placed on our urban centers to adapt and innovate, to absorb newcomers or redefine their boundaries, and to continue to support and enable opportunities for their residents.
Many communities around the world, including Detroit, Michigan; Madrid, Spain; Athens, Greece; and others, currently find themselves struggling with issues like loss of industry, rising unemployment, increased cost of living and decreased access to city services. For example, after a precipitous decline from prosperity in the 1970s and 80s, revitalization efforts in Detroit have faced an uphill battle. Despite encouraging signs, the latest city census revealed a 25% population loss to surrounding suburbs, which has had severe economic, cultural and sociological consequences. Cities are being empowered at a time when they face significant challenges and threats to sustainability in each interrelated system and must act now to secure future prosperity. City services: From greater individualization to fiscal constraints, city services are coming under increasing pressure. Citizens: From demographic changes to health, cities face major challenges and threats to their sustainability. Business: Cities must balance complex regulatory requirements with the need to minimize unnecessary administrative burdens. Transport: Inefficient systems will continue to drive up costs without city action. Communication: Cities face challenges in meeting ever greater demands for connectivity. Water: Problems with water efficiency, leakage, quality and the threat of flooding pose a significant threat to cities’ sustainability. In Nigeria for instance, where our largest 36 metro areas account for 65 percent of our population, and 75 percent our economic output, this trend is long way. Our population is expected to grow by another 50 percent in the first half of this century-this at the same time we have bad economy, high rate of unemployment, bad roads, crowded cities, wastewater systems over a century old, schools in dire need of repair, an inefficient transportation system, and a housing policy with too little emphasis on affordable rental options. Here we’ve learned that the neighborhoods facing the brunt of this economic crisis are often the least sustainable-with the least access to transportation, the most troubled schools, and the least economic opportunity. So the challenge of this moment is clear: to build communities in the most holistic way possible-sustainably, so that we can meet the needs of today without compromising the futures of our children and grand children.
The transformation we are witnessing in our cities and in our population are certain to be one of the pressing challenges facing the global community in the 21st century.Cities are based on a number of different systems – infrastructures, networks and environments – central to their operation and development: city services, citizens, business, transport, communication, water and energy. The effectiveness and efficiency of these systems determine how a city works and how successful it is at delivering its goals. These systems are not discrete and must be considered holistically, as well as Individually.However, these foretold disasters might occur soon even before 2030 if: our city planning system remain inefficient. If we fail to innovate for our cities across the world and revitalize our Agric-food systems, Housing and buildings systems, Communication systems ,Human security systems, Cultural systems ,Land use systems, Decision support systems, Materials systems, Economic development systems ,Mobility systems, Energy systems ,Natural habitat & green space systems, First Nations systems, Social equity systems, Governance systems ,Water systems, Health and well-being systems globally, then the disaster will strike badly.
I dont want to reinvent the wheel , I want to use it to its maximum potential . That entails founding Global Centre for Cities Innovation and Revitalization as a constituted body or perhaps organization that will be saddled with the responsibility of innovating, inventing, experimenting, creating and assessing the part to prosperity for cities globally in order to reduce the menace of the foretold disasters. The centre will recruit next-generation thinkers, strategists, in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability. The centre will address issues of contemporary urban life through programs, public discourse, idea exchange, invention and innovation. My goal is the exploration of new ideas, experimentation, and ultimately the creation of forward-thinking solutions for cities around the world. The centre, just like the United Nations will help the world to prevent, prepare, respond and adapt to future disasters.
Global Centre for Cities Innovation and Revitalization (GCCIR) will be an organization with international presence in countries and cities around the world created to promote world cities livability, sustainability, revitalization and growth. The GCCIR will be an organization for cities that agree to cooperate with one another. It will bring together cities that are rich and poor, large and small, and have different social and political systems. Member cities will pledge to cooperate with one another working towards achieving common goals of sustainability and growth in all ramifications. The organization will have a Secretariat and it will be located in Slovenia. The Secretariat will be the GCCIR’s executive branch. It will oversee the administration of the GCCIR’s programs and policies and carries out day-to-day operations. This branch will be headed by the secretary general, who will act as the GCCIR’s spokesperson. GCCIR will be funded by dues paid by each of its members. Each cities due will be based upon its wealth and ability to pay. The GCCIR will also require cities to make financial contributions to its developmental efforts. In addition, GCCIR will seek for collaboration with organizations , companies, for profit and non profit sector for voluntary contributions to support various GCCIR programs across the globe.. GCCIR expertise will also feature Open Innovation (OI). GCCIR will help expand corporate innovation capabilities by building a more collaborative approach to problem solving, and providing the means to tap into the best minds within GCCIR Community throughout the world. By unleashing human creativity, passion and diversity, we can solve problems that matter to our world, business and society.
More than ever, the traditional "bricks-and-mortar" drivers of economic growth are giving way to an economy based on "brains and creativity." Competitive differentiation today is more likely to be based on the ability of the workforce to create and absorb skills and innovation than on traditional drivers such as available natural resources, physical labor or manufacturing prowess. As a result, the skills, aptitude, knowledge, creativity and innovation of a workforce – which collectively can be viewed as the talent pool in the economy – have become increasingly important drivers of economic growth and activity. Cities, as hubs of the global economy, are the focal points for this transformation. In the immediate future, three interconnected factors will place even more emphasis on the role of cities in talent-based economic development: The world is at an unprecedented level of urbanization. Cities contain an increasingly large share of the world’s highly skilled, educated, creative and entrepreneurial population, giving rise to highly concentrated and diverse pools of knowledge and knowledge-creation networks. Cities can support large-scale business and investment networks that create economies of scale in absorbing and extending innovation To compete in this new economic environment, cities will need to better apply advanced information technology, analytics and systems thinking to develop a more citizen-centric approach to services. By doing so, they can better attract, create, enable and retain their citizens’ skills, knowledge and creativity. That is where GCCIR comes in.
What makes this model innovative is three fold1. we are bringing innovation for cities around the world down from a complex environment into a simpler environment.2. It involves a collaborative problem solving process for cities3. It carries with it better algorithm for identifying complications within cities.GCCIR will function as an open innovation and crowd sourcing pioneer that will enable governments, and organizations to solve their key problems by connecting them to diverse sources of innovation including employees, customers, partners, and the world’s largest problem solving marketplace. GCCIR challenge driven methodology which will include offline and online problem solving, community of millions of problem Solvers within GCCIR, and cloud-based technology platform will combine to fundamentally transform the economics of innovation for our cities globally and R&D through rapid solution delivery and the development of sustainable open innovation programs. There are other organizations around the world striving to make our cities a better place to live in. However, the effort had always been on a regional base which is not often collaborative in nature and replicable globally. I hope to see GCCIR become the platform that will truly unite our cities around the world in order to collectively solve the challenges of the 21st century facing our cities.
The goals is to: Tailor services to the needs of individual citizens. Reduce crime and react faster to public safety threats, by analyzing information in real-time Use better connections and advanced analytics to interpret vast amounts of data collected to improve health outcomes. Eliminate congestion and generate sustainable new revenues, while integrating all transport modes with each other and the wider economy Connect up all businesses, citizens and systems with universal affordable high-speed connectivity. Analyze entire water ecosystems, from rivers and reservoirs to the pumps and pipes in our homes. Give individuals and businesses timely insight into their own water use, raising awareness, locating inefficiencies and decreasing unnecessary demand. Impose the highest standards on business activities, while improving business efficiency. Allow consumers to send price signals – and energy – back to the market, smoothing consumption and lowering usage. GCCIR will use a special innovative methodology called challenge driven innovation, an innovation framework that will accelerate traditional innovation outcomes by leveraging open innovation and crowd sourcing along with defined methodology, process, and tools to help organizations and governments develop and implement actionable solutions to their key problems, opportunities, and challenges. The global economy is forcing organizations to attack problems with all the brainpower they can muster both inside and outside the enterprise. Unlocking the potential of millions of people to work productively on pressing problems is the power of Challenge driven innovation. And I believe that’s the future. My expected impact will be ground-breaking solution for the problem of the cities around the world For City livability , sustainability, and growth.
I believe that innovation and problem solving need to evolve in order to meet the challenges of the 21st century. By unleashing human creativity, passion and diversity, I believe we can solve problems that matter to business and society. Once you untether the search for solutions from an individual, department or company, amazing things happen. Problems are solved better, faster, and at a lower cost than ever before. Many people are still out there without a platform to showcase what they have to contribute into the future of our world. I believe global dialogue to problem solving for our world will go a long way. In the twenty-first century, growth, economic value and competitive differentiation of cities will increasingly be derived from people and their skills, creativity and knowledge, as well as the capacity of the economy to create and absorb innovation. To compete in this new economic environment, cities will need to better apply advanced information technology, analytics and systems thinking to develop a more citizen-centric approach to services. By doing so, they can better attract, create, enable and retain their citizens’ skills, knowledge and creativity. That is were GCCIR comes in to make all of our aspiration possible.