Why Social Impact Leaders Must Understand Smart Cities

Understanding the social impact potential — and limits — of smart cities.

Why It Matters

There are many smart city initiatives that you may or may not recognize. But smart city initiatives are worth engaging, even if your organization is not involved in the tech sector.

var TRINITY_TTS_WP_CONFIG = {"cleanText":"Why Social Impact Leaders Must Understand Smart Cities. Thanks to the federal government\u2019s Smart Cities Challenge, launched in early 2018, and, of course, the requisite sales teams and lobbyists from tech companies, there is a very good chance that \u2014 if you're based in Canada \u2014 your local municipality is involved in a recent or ongoing effort to become a smart city. The government received 130 applications from rural and small towns, major metropolises, and Indigenous communities in response to its Smart Cities Challenge; many were based on existing smart city initiatives that were already funded and underway. Yet, despite the national scope of this challenge, the term \u201csmart cities\u201d is still ambiguous and abstract to most people.

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