The Intelligent Community Forum (ICF) has been around for more than a dozen years and has developed a large knowledge base about the pre-conditions for creating an intelligent community. But, over the last year or so, ICF has expanded its reach and enlisted various universities in the effort.
Last month, for example, I was at Walsh University in the heart of what was industrial Ohio. It has become the first of the academic settings for the intelligent community movement.
I was there as part of Walsh’s 3rd Annual ICF Institute Symposium, whose focus was on “Brain Gain and Innovation: Creating Growth in an Age of Disruption”. There were a variety of interesting speakers and topics:
- In different ways and with different perspectives, both Christian Long, Co-Founder, Wonder By Design and Google’s Jaime Casap spoke about schools and cities
- Alvaro Albuquerque, Chief of Staff to the President, The Brazilian Small Business Agency, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, described their “knowledge squares”
- Tim Jones, CEO, Artscape Toronto, Ontario spoke about creative place-making in cities
You can see these at http://www.walsh.edu/institute
In my presentation to the new ICF Leadership Academy there, I laid out eight obstacles that people in the countryside often cite as to why their areas are destined for decline. Then I showed how changes in the economy, society and technology have diminished each of these obstacles and opened up new opportunities for a rural revitalization. You can see the slides here: http://www.walsh.edu/uploads/116031415201951.pdf
Related to my presentation is the creation of a second ICF Institute at Mississippi State University. Its focus will be on rural communities. For some background, see this report in the Mississippi Business Journal – http://msbusiness.com/blog/2014/10/17/msu-extension-named-intelligent-community-institute/
There’s also a video describing the focus of this new institute, with Professor Roberto Gallardo and ICF Co-Founder Lou Zacharilla at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysF1MCm2Syw
And finally within the last few weeks, as well, the University of Oulu in Finland announced an ICF project to “examine innovation platforms and innovative approaches” in three of ICF’s top level smart communities worldwide – Taichung, Taiwan, Eindhoven in the Netherlands and Oulu. See http://www.epressi.com/tiedotteet/telekommunikaatio/oulun-yliopisto-ja-intelligent-community-forum-aloittavat-tutkimusyhteistyon.html (Google Translate does a passable job with this, if you don’t read Finnish 🙂
I’ll keep you updated as these three universities start to generate more about intelligent communities.
© 2014 Norman Jacknis