Robert Bell Beyond 2010 Birmingham Keynote-Creating Innovation


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Robert Bell, co founder Intelligent Community Forum.
Challenges and opportunities for economic development in a global broadband economy to deliver inclusive, sustainable and prosperous communities.
Beyond 2010 Keynote speech.

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  • So… What the heck is an intelligent community?
  • Well… Let’s start with what it’s not.
  • It’s not about being the biggest community or the richest community, or the community <click> that looks best in a bathing suit.
  • It’s not about having a multi-gigabit ultra-broadband network so blindingly fast <click> that it knows what you want before you do.
  • It’s not about having one of the world’s top 100 universities in your town, doing research so advanced <click> that your Mayor couldn’t describe it to save her own life.
  • It’s not about having lots of super-hot high-tech companies run by people who are not yet old enough to shave regularly.
  • It’s not even about the number of people in your community who dress in black, prefer Twitter to email, and who always order a bold part-skim, part-soy double-shot machiatto.
  • Intelligent communities may have many of these things. But it is not what makes them intelligent. So… What does?
  • It comes down to three things. What they do. How they do it. And why they do it.
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  • What do intelligent communities do? They’re not just “wired cities” or “megabit municipalities.” To be an intelligent community, you have to do lots of things right. <click>Broadband, of course. <click>But you also have to build a workforce of knowledge workers able to use that broadband asset. <click>They have to innovate relentlessly in both the private and public sectors. <click>You need to include as many of your citizens as possible in the new broadband economy you are building. <click>And you need to constantly sell your story of broadband transformation to the outside world – as well as to your neighbors and friends, who have the power to make it happen.
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  • How they do these things matters a lot. Intelligent communities don’t trust to luck. They make their own.
  • They study and plan. They implement programs. They figure out what works, and they fix or stop doing what doesn’t work.
  • It takes strong leaders who aren’t afraid to collaborate. Government and business and institutions. In this connected economy, nobody can go it alone anymore. It takes good policies and good politics. It takes the speed and market savvy of business. It takes the creativity and social perspective of institutions. There are many ways to measure community intelligence – but working in your own little silo is not one of them.
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  • Most important of all may be why they do it. It’s all about the children. Intelligent Communities want build a future that is at least as good – and hopefully much better – than today. When you strip things down to their essentials, what is a community? It’s a place where you can raise children and where those children, if they choose, can stay to raise families of their own. That’s how communities sustain themselves. And that takes economic opportunity not just for the few but for the many. It takes a living, breathing culture, a good quality of life, and a society that offers a place for most if not all of it citizens.
  • But it’s not getting any easier. The next generation is growing up in a completely different world that we did. It’s a connected world. A “broadband economy,” as we call it at ICF. A world in which – for economic purposes, the hard-working people of Mumbai and Shenzen and Jakarta are next-door neighbors of the hard-working people in Madrid and Los Angeles and Toronto. Those connections are re-ordering the planet. Jobs and investment and opportunity are flowing to the places with the right mix of costs and skills and access to markets. If your community can’t be one of those places, it will lose out big-time.
  • That’s what intelligent communities do, how they do it and why they do it. They do it to build a new economy that can gradually take the place of the old. They do it to make sure the benefits spread far and wide enough to make a difference. <click>They do it to create the world – right here in your neighborhood – that all of our children deserve to inherit.
  • Robert Bell Beyond 2010 Birmingham Keynote-Creating Innovation

    1. 1. Creating the Intelligent Community<br />Robert Bell<br />Executive Director, Co-Founder<br /><br />
    2. 2. So…<br />What the heck is an intelligent community?<br />
    3. 3. Well…<br />Let’s start with what it’s not.<br />
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    9. 9. What<br />makes<br />intelligent <br />communities<br />intelligent?<br />
    10. 10. Three things<br />What they do<br />How they do it<br />Why they do it<br />
    11. 11. What they do<br />Why they do it<br />How they do it<br />
    12. 12. KNOWLEDGE WORKFORCE<br />BROADBAND<br />INNOVATION<br />DIGITAL INCLUSION<br />MARKETING<br />+ADVOCACY<br />What they do<br />Why they do it<br />How they do it<br />
    13. 13. How they do it<br />What they do<br />Why they do it<br />How they do it<br />
    14. 14. Intelligent communities don’t trust to luck.<br />They make their own.<br />How they do it<br />What they do<br />Why they do it<br />
    15. 15. Study and plan<br />Implement programs<br />Figure out what’s working<br />How they do it<br />What they do<br />Why they do it<br />Fix or stop doing what’s not<br />
    16. 16. Strong leaders<br />who aren’t afraid to<br />collaborate<br />government<br />+<br />How they do it<br />What they do<br />Why they do it<br />business<br />+<br />institutions<br />
    17. 17. Why they do it<br />How they do it<br />What they do<br />Why they do it<br />
    18. 18. Why they do it<br />How they do it<br />What they do<br />
    19. 19. Why they do it<br />How they do it<br />What they do<br />
    20. 20. That’s what intelligent communities do…<br />how they do it…<br />and why.<br />
    21. 21. Community Example<br />Dundee<br />Rebuilding an economy on the foundations of ICT<br />
    22. 22. Dundee<br />Coastal city of 142,000<br />Proud industrial past as “city of jute, jam and journalism”<br />De-industrialization destroyed thousands of jobs, caused out-migration, apparently terminal decline<br /><ul><li>Dundee Partnership forged new economic development vision
    23. 23. Started with mid-level, front-line staff who built trust over years of collaboration
    24. 24. Leadership executes Single Outcome Agreements</li></li></ul><li>Dundee<br />Research identified sources of new job growth<br />University sector research and publishing<br />University spin-outs in software, animation, computer games<br />City, universities, institutions and Scottish govt. collaborated to fan the flame<br />Degree programs & research centers focusing on growth disciplines<br />IP policies encouraging spin-offs<br />City-university-business incubators and business parks<br />Marketing partnerships in biotech and digital media<br />E-government: Citizen Account & Dundee Discovery Card<br />Aerelink wireless WAN<br />Fibre City deploying by i3 Group through sewers<br />Council housing first on the list<br />
    25. 25. Dundee<br />Manufacturing job losses continued<br />Loss 3,000 manufacturing jobs in past 3 years<br />Gain of 1,000 jobs in growth sectors of the future<br />When NCR moved 800 jobs to a new lower-cost location, kept R&D Center in Dundee<br />Doing it right: Dare to be Digital<br />
    26. 26. Creating the Intelligent Community<br />Robert Bell<br />Executive Director, Co-Founder<br /><br />