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Workshop 4


Tuesday, 31 March 2020 | 14:00 - 17:00 | Room TBA


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Smart Planning for Smart Cities and Regions - A New Approach

Digital technologies represent a tectonic shift shaping our societies, social life, culture and how we live generally. Our built environment and planning systems, however, have been designed for how we lived and worked 50 years ago. This workshop will share a new approach to city and regional planning that is more responsive to the digital age, connectivity and the new economy.

The Chief Planner of the Australian State of New South Wales, Gary White, will present his seminal concept of smart planning in the context of disruptive technologies and globalisation. Gary will be joined by Arvind Tyagi, digital evangelist and speaker to the Doctorial Colloquium at the 2019 ICEGOV conference, who will lead a stimulating discussion on what digital governance and the era of disruptive technologies mean for organisations responsible for the transition to smart planning.

The workshop offers a unique opportunity to engage with Australia’s most celebrated planner, Gary White, who was ‘National Planner of the Year’ in 2018. Arvind Tyagi will lead participants in a stimulating game of ‘Snakes and Ladders’ to identify the enablers of and barriers to implementing digital transformation.

This compelling workshop is for both technophiles and technophobes, planners and non-planners, practitioners and academics.


OBJECTIVES

Participants will:

  • Gain a ‘big picture’ perspective of the challenges of transitioning national, state and city planning to respond to digital disruption.
  • Learn how to prepare for, and navigate the transition to smart planning through a real-life case study.
  • Apply storytelling techniques to more effectively engage and influence investors, policymakers and other stakeholders for implementing emerging technologies.

FORMAT

Three-hour interactive workshop will include theoretical backdrop, facilitated discussions, a case study, an interactive game and conclude with the transfer of storytelling tools and techniques. The workshop structure will comprise (including one 10-minute break):

  1. The challenges of transitioning national, state and city planning to respond to digital disruption (25-minute presentation by Gary White).
  2. Discussion with Gary White and participants on 1 above (20 minutes).
  3. Case study: the challenges of digital governance and deployment of disruptive technologies for organisations responsible for the transition to smart planning (25-minute discussion led by Arvind Tyagi).
  4. Application of learning from the case study through an Interactive game of ‘Snakes and Ladders’ to identify the enablers of and barriers to implementing digital transformation (30-minute interactive session led by Arvind and Gary).
  5. The importance of storytelling to bring communities and other stakeholders along the journey while planning smart cities and regions (20-minute discussion led by Gary).
  6. The art and science of storytelling (30-minute interactive session in which the tools and techniques of storytelling will be shared and trialled – led by Arvind).
  7. Final observations and discussion (20-minute session facilitated by Gary and Arvind).

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