With “Smart City. Just City.” IHC Global strives to bring the rising tide of urban data, technology, and efficiency together with the movement to increase inclusiveness and equity in cities.
What is a Smart City?
- A city that uses current and collects new urban data from a combination of information and communication technology (ICT) and Internet of Things (IoT);
- A city that revolutionizes public functions such as transportation systems, power, water waste management and law enforcement through technological development;
- A city that responds to common urban challenges through new methods developed by data analysis;
- A city that partners with leaders of the tech sector to improve efficiency, management and governance of cities.
What is a Just City?
- A city that has a vision and commitment to justice and more equitable approaches in urban society;
- A city that is focused on better access to institutions, services and infrastructure for all;
- A city that requires opportunity for good jobs for everyone;
- A city that includes affordable housing, adequate investment in public services and fair taxes and charges;
- A city that unifies its communities through broad understanding and ownership of strategies.
Cities worldwide are becoming “smarter” every day. But in order to succeed, they need to become just as inclusive.
What is the main objective?
The objective of the Smart City, Just City initiative is to develop and advance a policy framework that uses smart city techniques to attain a ‘just city’ vision of an equitable, inclusive, and participatory urban reality. Its outcome will be two-fold:
1)To provide a policy framework that aids in the intentional use of an equity lens when using data and technology driven solutions, and
2) To test the framework in selected cities through pilot projects at the municipal level.
What are our goals?
- Raise awareness of synergies between the Smart City and Just City
- Bring together Smart City and Just City leaders, proponents, and implementers to share and expand knowledge of how to work together to advance goals
- Research and advocate for policy solutions that jointly pursue Smart City and Just City goals
- Design pilot activities at a municipal level
What's the plan?
The ‘Smart City. Just City.’ initiative will have two phases. In the first phase, five main activities will be undertaken over the course of ten months, with the goal of engaging a wide audience of local governments, civil society groups, and private sector representatives. The findings of the five efforts will be utilized to develop a report that lays out a ‘Smart City, Just City’ policy framework for how cities can utilize smart city techniques to attain a ‘just city’ vision. This report will be presented at a multi-stakeholder convening that will bring together local government representatives, funding organizations, and civil society groups to connect, review and respond to the policy framework, and discuss next steps in implementation.
In the second phase of the project, funding and partnerships will be sought for the development of pilot projects at the municipal level that are grounded in the Smart City Just City policy framework.
- November 10, 2017: IHC Global and a roundtable of urban and technology experts analyze the IHC Global discussion paper, “Mobilizing the Data Revolution to Support Urban Development.”
- February 11, 2018: IHC Global officially launches “Smart City. Just City.” at the Next City World Stage during the ninth World Urban Forum (WUF9).
- February 11, 2018: IHC Global President and CEO discusses the “Smart City. Just City.” initiative with Next City in an exclusive podcast interview.
- April 30, 2018: The Journal Public Space releases Vol. 3 n.1 of 2018, featuring an an article about the mission of “Smart City. Just City.” by IHC Global President and CEO Judith Hermanson.
- March 29, 2019: IHC Global presents the first post of its Smart City Just City blog series, focusing on the “gender lens” of female guest bloggers who convey concepts urban equity and smart tech through the perspective of building communities and helping women.
- April 26, 2019: IHC Global commissioned and published a paper written by Brian English of citiesRISE. Focusing on how cities can use smart technology to level the playing field and create social equity, this report has great implications for the future of smart cities.