[Challenge:Future] WORLD INSTITUTE FOR CITIES INNOVATION
ENVISIONED DISASTER: Severe Economic meltdown Chronic Environmental disaster 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
By 2030, if urgent measures are not quickly taken to make our cities more livable and sustainable by innovating for the future, the world is prone to face more: Severe Economic disaster Chronic Environmental disaster Severe Transportation disaster Health disaster Competition for limited resources Pollution Overcrowding Severe Climate change Policy disaster Natural resource extinctionThe World Health Organization estimates that 60 percent of the world population will live in urban areas by year 2030. We live in an era of unprecedented population growth and rapid urbanization. Already over 3 billion people, more half of the world’s population, is now living in cities and by the middle of the century this is estimated to increase to 5.5 billion. Clearly, this growth presents very significant social, economic and environmental challenges. How will we meet the challenges of public transport, health, and safety, pollution, overcrowding, inequality, disharmony, overconsumption of natural capital and still have livable cities? These challenges can become a serious disaster by the year 2030 if prompt solutions are not sorted out. I have selected this because they touch every ramification of human live and the future of our planet.
This question comes at a moment of both remarkable change and worrying uncertainty-when the source of economic security for millions of families around the globe has been eroded. At the same time we face the largest wave of urban growth in human history. For the first time ever, more than half of our global population lives in metropolitan areas. By 2030 almost 5 billion people will live in urban areas. So many areas of the world especially in Africa are already under serious pressure with the population increasing daily and competing for limited resource, and yet there are no new innovations to maintain a healthy environment, conserve land resources, serve a changing population, maintain the region’s economic health, and manage the region and to secure the future. The current development situation of Africa is paradoxical. Although it is arguably the richest continent in terms of natural resources, Africa remains the poorest and the least developed region of the world. From the current global analysis, only four African countries are likely to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015, a World Bank report has revealed. 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. Safety, livability, and economic vitality in a growing city are dependent on a reduction in our focus on old idea, and by inventing and innovating new ones in order to cope with the challenges of 21st century. When livability became the key word for regional planning, we should know we would have to find effective ways to deal with many problems…Producing a plan and regulations would not be enough. We had to deal with long-term future livability, but also with people’s ongoing satisfaction, their day-to-day experience of living in the region. Tomorrow’s livability needed as much attention as the attainment of a better future. However, these foretold disasters might occur soon even before 2030 if: Our transportation system remain inefficient When there is no sound accountability in our system When we focus on old ideas, and old ways of doing things as seen in Africa If we fail to think about the innovation required to fix world 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 for our future cities then the disaster will strike badly.
The idea is to found WORLD INSTITUTE FOR CITIES INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY.This will serve as a platform that will help young and emerging talents in science;technology, engineering, arts and mathematics develop skills and network to bringnew ideas to market, the ideas that will secure the future of our world. Theplatform will provide members with interactive online and offline events,connections, and extensive network to develop and experiment new ideas. Missionis to work with Governments, leading schools, universities, organizations, andentrepreneurs worldwide to collaborate with young and emerging talents, inventors,and innovators from around the world to bring about new ideas that will affect ourworld positively.The institute will take a range of people worldwide from widely different disciplinesto see if they could come up with new ideas, experiments, and ground breakingsolutions for the problems of the cities. The team will be made up of next-generation thinkers, strategists, in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design,science, technology, education, and sustainability. The institute will address issuesof 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 theworld. The institute will help the world to prevent, prepare, respond and adapt tofuture disasters.
first of all, the institute will work towards securing support from corporate and government entities for effective functioning.The institute will take a range of people worldwide from widely different disciplines via open innovation challenge to see if they could come up with new ideas, experiments, and ground breaking solutions for the problems of the cities worldwide. The team will be made up of next-generation thinkers, strategists, in the areas of urbanism, architecture, art, design, science, technology, education, and sustainability. The institute will address issues of contemporary urban life through programs, public discourse, idea exchange, invention and innovation. Participants will be able to communicate directly with their project pair group as well as with the entire Project community... Heres how!Group to Group:Participants are able to directly communicate with each other through: - Pen-pal letter correspondence - Password protected internet message-boards - Conversation Bursts -read news about participants all over the world Participants will be encouraged to work in group regardless of background and color. All successful innovation from the groups in the open innovation that scale through our review process will be invited to the headquarters of the institute that will be located in Slovenia for experimentation, and subsequently launching the ideas into the open market worldwide. The institute will also serve as an avenue for —Schools, corporations, large and small, not-for-profits and governments—to seek for solution to a pressing problems and challenges. Our expertise will also feature Open Innovation (OI). We 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 our Community throughout the world. By unleashing human creativity, passion and diversity, we can solve problems that matter to our world, business and society. However, the institute will be the first global community for Open Innovation, allowing our solvers from many different fields of expertise to collaborate on breakthrough solutions for organizations and governments (Seekers) in need of answers. Seekers will submit Challenges to our institute where more than 200,000 bright thinkers in more than 200 countries from within our community will collaborate to provide solution. Solvers can receive financial awards of up to $1 million depending on the challenge.
Everything is changing very quickly. If the day before cell phones were somethingunthinkable, now it is a common thing in our daily lives. Or early computers, whichwere of enormous size, only large corporations and government agencies couldmake it possible for themselves, and now the PC – is a part of our lives. And thereare a lot of such revolutionary examples.Thinking about it, we understand that in the near future, science will grow beyondrecognition and knowledge will increase. WORLD INSTITUTE FOR CITIES INNOVATIONAND SUSTAINABILITY will become an experimental ground for new developmentvia the contribution of the younger generation.The development of our world depends on the development of exhibition, becausethe influx of new technologies, equipment, ideas, as a rule, comes through theexhibition - a place where goods and services have their origin to enter the bigmarket.All these factors collectively will make the WORLD INSTITUTE FOR CITIESINNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY an important and popular destination, as well asthe most visited institute around the globe—one single meeting will attract at least1.3 million people from all corners of the globe, including companies, organization,government institutions, academia, etc all this entities will participate in ourexhibitions to celebrate the power of idea exchange and creativity. Every year weexpect that the institute will contribute some 800 million dollars to the world’seconomy.
What makes this model innovative is the fact that we are bringing innovation for cities aroundthe world down from a complex environment into a simpler environment. “Basicallyinnovations for cities”. WORLD INSTITUTE FOR CITIES INNOVATION AND SUSTAINABILITY isthe open innovation and crowd sourcing pioneer that will enable governments, andorganizations to solve their key problems by connecting them to diverse sources of innovationincluding employees, customers, partners, and the world’s largest problem solvingmarketplace.Our challenge driven methodology which will include offline and online problem solving,community of millions of problem Solvers within the institute, and cloud-based technologyplatform will combine to fundamentally transform the economics of innovation for our citiesglobally and R&D through rapid solution delivery and the development of sustainable openinnovation programs. Achieving the goal of sustainability in this model is tied around four types of constituentinnovations:1. Institutional innovations: it carries along with it better algorithms for identifyingcomplications in the target settings of the world and creation of new low-cost technologies(e.g. invention of low-cost transportation medium for cities around the world).2. City systems innovations: The model is working to build a robust supply chain, designfacilities for better city coordination, data management through electronic records andinventories, and incorporate best practices in maintaining and sustaining natural resources forposterity.3. Business model innovations: The model is working to secure partnerships on both the costand revenue side, build relationship with national and international organizations,governments etc to bring new ideas to market in other to save the future of our world. Furthermore, the institute will bring innovators and inventors together into a neutral spacein order to ‘even the playing field’ of international interaction. We believe that allcommunities have assets and challenges. The institute will encourage long-termrelationships; this is not a one-time conference or trip abroad but rather a way of learningthat will become a way of life for people living in cities who participate in the instituteprogram.
I want to see cities in the world combine in one place the things to which humanity aspires on a global basis: a place where human activities enhance rather than degrade the natural environment, where the quality of the built environment approaches that of the natural setting, where the diversity of origins and religions is a source of social strength rather than strife, where people control the destiny of their community; and where the basics of food, clothing, shelter, security, and useful activity are accessible to all. We’ve got neighborhood that wind up been those places where you can send all the waste and you can mine all the minerals and not really have to worry about the impact on the people. There is no accountability in such system. The institute will work towards creating a city where there is accountability on everything we do, and further innovate for our expanding world. The institutes methodology is 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 and sustainability.
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. So problem that may erupt from the global north might affect those in the global south vise visa, so collaborative problem solving has to be taken seriously because our future and the future of our children, and grand children depends on it.