ICF Global Summit 2018: UK Potential Benefits
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Intelligent Community Forum based in New York has not yet decided on the
location for its 2018 Global Summit.
London and the UK remain a possibility.
This note discusses the potential value to UK communities of closer
engagement with ICF and its annual assessment of communities - as explained in
other articles on this site.
framework that has emerged from over 25 years of community research by the
Intelligent Community Forum provides a focus for civic leaders throughout the
and Enterprise needs in different locations will have different priorities and
these will vary over time. So the ICF
framework expressed in our 'fabric' schematic is just a starting point for
leaders who wish to encourage a shift in attention from 'top-down' tech-led
Smart Cities towards a more bottom-up Intelligent Community perspective.
A key to
Inclusive Growth is that citizens should be engaged in determining those local
priorities. Local Enterprise
Partnerships may have moved some way towards this but the dominant perspective and
analysis (as it is in the departmental views of International Trade and BEIS)
is sector based. The lateral cross-cutting strands of the 'Intelligent Community' factors will impact on all sectors of economic activities, public services and utilities within the locality.
The UK economy (as conventionally described) is the aggregation of many local economies with great disparities in their performance and priorities. UK aggregate data rarely, if ever, reflects local realities and disguises the need to unleash local energies. The national data is, literally, fairly (or unfairly) average!
therefore, to bring the ICF Global Summit to London could signal the start of a
revitalisation and potential transformation of how our nations and communities reboot
themselves for a more-global post-Brexit environment leveraging vastly greater locally-driven and purposeful energies.
To a limited
extent local needs are already recognised where local leaderships have the
vision and freedom to act but many others feel constrained by top-down
governmental supervision. The recent
election of metro-mayors creates scope for wider engagement with these themes.
cannot afford to stifle local creativity and enthusiasm for
'place-making'. The ICF Global Summit in
2018, if held in London, could trigger the start of a post-Brexit renaissance
that forges greater collaborations between enterprise and community leadership.
It will also,
of course, help UK Enterprise to be exposed audiences that are at the cutting
edge of discovering new priorities with advanced systems and service