Resources for Building Accessible and Inclusive Smart Cities
Municipalities across the globe are discovering they must engage in vastly new approaches to adjust and calibrate to social and economic challenges amplified by the lightning speed of technical and industrial advances.
Many cities are taking a big leap into the Smart City pond — believing Smart City transformation will create new pathways for improving the quality of life for residents and visitors.
Smart City innovation has the potential to improve urban functionality and advance livability, workability, and sustainability, but it also has the power to intensify economic and social segregation. The high penetration rate of new Smart technologies into everyday life without meaningful public participation in planning and development fosters a destructive practice.
An essential element of successful Smart Cities is to ensure focus is not on technologies, but intentionally focused on citizen needs, embracing people-centered urban design. No digital sensor can substitute for public engagement and responsive leadership. Technology can offer new, exciting, and creative solutions but technology should always remain a means to an end and at the service of all citizens, including citizens with disabilities.
The most successful Smart Cities around the world have one thing in common, they all utilize Smart City technologies to improve the quality of life for all citizens and to ensure that no citizen is left behind or excluded.
As a person with multiple non-apparent disabilities and a Global Inclusion Leader, I support and champion people-centered urban design and the new global mandate calling for municipalities to build Smart Cities for human diversity and social inclusion.
Smart Cities that incorporate accessibility and inclusion into public policy and practice are at the frontline of innovation and social equity.
As the founder of Darren Bates LLC, a boutique consulting firm and global resource for building and refining inclusive and accessible Smart Cities, I am proud to announce the upcoming launch of the Smart Cities Library.™
Until now only Private Clients of Darren Bates LLC could access our continuously expanding library of Smart City resources, solutions, best practices, records, articles, e-books, and other materials held in thousands of academic, public, and national libraries and periodicals around the world.
The Smart Cities Library™ includes everything you need to build and refine an accessible and inclusive Smart City Platform and Digital Society that ensures no Citizen is left behind.
Click on the the link below to be the first to know when the Smart Cities Library™ goes live and receive a 30-day FREE TRIAL subscription to the Smart Cities Library.™
Darren Bates is a lifelong champion of equality, inclusion, and social justice for people with disabilities and other diverse, underrepresented, and historically marginalized populations. Darren is internationally recognized as one of the most innovative and knowledgeable Thought Leaders in the field of Global Inclusion.
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