Announcing the launch of our next pioneering research initiative for cities.
City leaders worldwide are rushing to implement their future-ready vision, moving from pilots to scale. To help cities successfully achieve their goals, our 2023-24 research program will provide them with an operating guide and benchmarking model for becoming sustainable, resilient, inclusive, and digitally transformed.
Our study will explore nine imperatives for cities as they execute their future plans: (1) design infrastructure fit for future purpose; (2) make sustainability sustainable (i.e. self-funded); (3) innovate through expanded ecosystems; (4) ensure citizen buy-in, trust, and equity; (5) harness digital convergence and next-gen technologies; (6) unlock the full power of data; (7) build resilience for the unexpected; (8) develop people- and planet-centric mobility; and (9) find novel investing and financing strategies.
Sponsors and partners
Joan E. Ricart
Professor, Strategic Management
IESE Business School
Global Director, Communications,
Resilient Cities Network
Dr. Peter Pirnejad
Los Altos Hills, CA
Interim Chief Transformation Officer,
City of Fort Worth
Chief Innovation Officer,
Chief Digital Officer,
Almaty City, Kazakhstan
Professor, Urban Research,
Penn Institute for Urban Research
Chief Information Officer
Town of Cary
Professor, Practice of Governance
USC Sol Price School of Public Policy
VP, Strategic Industry Programs
Chief Information Officer
Clark County, Nevada
Commissioner for 2030 Agenda,
Barcelona City Council
Chief Information Officer,
Chief Executive Officer Smart Cities World
Senior Urban Specialist,
Former Managing Director, Technology & Innovation Partnerships
New York Housing Authority (Personal Capacity)
Relevant Thought Leadership Work
From Future Vision to Reality is the fifth program in a series of ground-breaking multi-client studies ThoughtLab has produced on smart cities trends.
To provide urban leaders with a roadmap for futureproofing their cities, ThoughtLab teamed up with Hatch Urban Solutions and a coalition of business, government, and academic leaders to conduct this ground-breaking research.
ThoughtLab gathered benchmarking data from 100 cities, conducted in-depth interviews with city leaders, and drew on valuable input from a cross industry coalition of leading firms and research organizations. This study provides an in-depth evidence-based roadmap that cities can use to become vibrant, hyperconnected urban centers of the future.
ThoughtLab, in collaboration with a global coalition of business, government, and academic leaders has aimed at providing city decision-makers with an evidence-based roadmap to building the smart city of the future.
ThoughtLab teamed up with a coalition of organizations with urban and technology expertise to conduct ground-breaking research into the impact of smart city solutions on urban performance. Our research identified 10 smart city pillars that work together to drive benefits to local stakeholders.