Challenge 1: Optimize today, innovate tomorrow
Today, every municipality is working to optimize its city. This often boils down to improved services for residents, and for businesses too. Examples include promoting local trade or guiding consumers back towards the city center. While the existing situation must be kept up-and-running and even improved upon, tomorrow is just around the corner. New challenges such as drones, smart buildings and 5G are on their way. How will you deal with that? Does your vision already incorporate that vital technological dimension? Data and communication will be key. Artificial intelligence and collaboration are the means by which these new challenges can be overcome.
To create a link between today and tomorrow, a continuous process is needed, one that is part of the policy plan. The Digital Flow concept embodies this idea and is a continuum of four activities that keep you on the move.
The webinar was both useful and welcome. Our everyday operational duties take up all our energies to such an extent that we assign (too) little time to structural thinking. Such a webinar helps us to stand still for a minute, to define a vision and look ahead. Brief, but inspiring.
Els Van Cleemput - Director of Internal Organization, Lievegem Municipality