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Falling Walls Circle Table: Resilient, Intelligent, Sustainable, Equitable Cities through New Allies

Falling Walls Foundation | Charles Landry, Frank Niederländer, Jutta Juliane Meier, Gabriella Gomez-Mont, Vanessa Evers

LIVE: Setting the Post-Corona-Agenda

How to enable digitally driven citizen-centered solutions for cities: Delights & Dilemmas

“To go forward, we will need more civic engagement and constructive stakeholder dialogues in and between cities on paradigm shifts and tech-driven solutions and we will have to identify and build bridges between top-down and bottom-up approaches.” (Vanessa Evers)

“Intelligence should be considered as an outcome, not as an input. Accordingly, it needs to be created and explored through the lens of citizens for citizens, including their knowledge and experiences.” (Geoff Mulgan, during CBF Session on Fixing the Internet and Harnessing Collective Intelligenc)

This round table discussion with experts in responsible governance, leadership, and citizen participation aims to dive deeper into the need for and possibility of citizen-centered solutions built and co-created with citizens and digitally driven. It seeks to tackle the following questions:

How can we encourage digital participation of citizens?
How can we harness our collective intelligences and knowledge in doing so?
What methods can we use to guide us towards more citizen-centered governance?
How can we deal with practical problems such as data privacy regulations, privatized technologies, hierarchical structures etc.?

The discussion could follow a structure of:  Why, What, How and Practical Examples.

Possible conclusion: Positive impacts can be most quickly achieved at the local level – and by involving all stakeholders

Why: Digitally driven solutions co-created with citizens are likely to be more self- sustaining
What: Encouraging citizens ́ participation: Shared thoughts of experiences in harnessing intelligence and knowledge
How: There is an extensive digital toolbox as well as methods such as crowdsourcing. Which work well and how do they address issues like data privacy or combine top- down and bottom up approaches
Examples: Especially practical applications at the local level – what impacts can they have

Falling Walls Circle Tables will give the spotlight to world-leading scientists, science strategists and policy-makers from academia, business and politics discuss how we can apply science, research and innovation to get the world moving again.

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Charles Landry

Robert Bosch Academy Fellow

Charles Landry is an international authority on the use of imagination and creativity in urban change. He is currently a fellow at the Robert Bosch Academy in Berlin. He invented the concept of the Creative City in the late 1980’s. Its focus is how cities can create the enabling conditions for people and organizations to think, plan and act with imagination to solve problems and develop opportunities. The notion has become a global movement and changed the way cities thought about their capabilities and resources.

Charles helps cities identify and make the most of their potential by triggering their inventiveness and thinking and by opening up new conversations about their future. His aim is to help cities become more resilient, self-sustaining and to punch above their weight.

Frank Niederländer

BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt

Dr. Frank Niederländer started his career as an international management trainee at BMW AG. He continued through various positions in the company’s core business areas, such as R&D, corporate planning, product development, and finance/controlling. From 1998, he took over management responsibility as head of product controlling. During this time, he also obtained his PhD in Strategic Management. Between 2002 and 2007, he was in charge of the BMW advanced development area, first as Vice President of R&D Strategy and later as VP of Innovation Management. In 2007, Niederländer was appointed VP of BMW Brand and Product Strategy Worldwide, in 2009, VP of Product Architecture and in 2010, VP of the Small Car Platform. In 2016 and 2017, he was in charge of restructuring an international Airbag Supplier Case. In January 2018, Dr. Frank Niederländer was appointed Member of the Board of the BMW Foundation Herbert Quandt.

Jutta Juliane Meier

IDENTITY Valley

Jutta Juliane Meier is Founder & CEO of IDENTITY Valley

Jutta Juliane Meier represents a bridge between Germany and Silicon Valley. She is very passionately working with large corporations, governmental bodies and academic initiatives. Through her work, she is constantly confronting the impact and challenges new technology will bring to the world. Jutta co-founded an educational AI & Ethics initiative which recently published their first children’s book: ROBOY & Lucy – Superhero Glasses. In response to her core values she also founded the IDENTITY Valley with the purpose to enable a value based digital economy.

What location is to real estate, collaboration is to digital transformation? She loves to ‘translate and simplify’ between players who are becoming more and more equally relevant in the future: startups and corporations, digital natives & digital immigrants. Supporting them to converge, grow and recognize the best of both worlds is what motivates her day by day.

„Digital Revolution needs Digital Responsibility. #identityvalley“

 

Gabriella Gomez-Mont

Experimentalista

As former Chief Creative Officer of Mexico City, Gabriella founded and directed Laboratorio para la Ciudad, the award-winning experimental and creative office of the Mexico City government, reporting to the Mayor. She is a Yale World Fellow, MIT Director’s Fellow, a GeorgeTown University Global Cities Initiative Visiting Fellow, a TED Senior Fellow, an Institute for the Future Fellow and has received several awards in different disciplines: from 1st prize in the Audi Urban Future Award to 1st Prize in the Best Arts Practice and TED City 2.0 award, as well as recognized as a leading “creative bureaucrat” in the Creative Bureaucracy Festival 2018. Gabriella is also part of the international advisory committee for the Mayor of Seoul on Social Innovation, as well as NACTO’s Streets for Kids, The XXII Triennale of Milan, C40 ́s Knowledge Hub, Harvard`s Mexican Cities Initiative, Canada`s MaRS Lab, amongst others.

Vanessa Evers

NTU Institute for Science and Technology for Humanity

Professor Evers is a Professor of Socially Intelligent Systems at the School of Computer Science and Engineering and she is the Founding Director of NTU Institute of Science and Technology for Humanity (NISTH).

She established to study the impact of technology on human society, and to bring industry, government and academia together to find ways to enhance the use of technology for the betterment of humanity. In addition, she is a chair and Professor of Human Media Interaction, University of Twente, the Netherlands. She is also the Scientific Director and founder of the DesignLab in the Netherlands, a centre for multidisciplinary projects with societal impact based on ‘Science to Design for Society’.

Prof Evers studied Information Systems at the University of Amsterdam, Business Information Science at UNSW, Sydney and has a PhD from the Open University UK. Previously, she worked for the Boston Consulting Group and was a visiting Scholar at Stanford University.

Prof Evers’ work exists at the intersection of Computer Science, Psychology, Design, and Electrical Engineering and focusses on human interaction with artificially intelligent systems and cultural aspects of Human Computer Interaction. It covers design of Artificially Intelligent systems that are able to interpret human social behaviours and respond to people in a socially acceptable way as well as the evaluation of the impact of such technology on people and society. She is a frequent public speaker in the media and at international fora such as the World Economic Forum at Davos.

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