How to... [in the Age of Disruption]
I am thrilled to share with you two exciting Executive Education courses at the Harvard GSD. Both courses focus on how to take advantage of digital capabilities and innovative practices to deliver unprecedented value to our (1) buildings and (2) cities.
We live in turbulent times characterized by rapid change, largely triggered by the fourth industrial revolution. We've seen computerization and automation allow us to rethink business processes and outcomes since the 80's. Since 1994, we've seen the Internet change how we communicate, collaborate, and transact. Now, we're seeing the Internet of Things and digital transformation redefine businesses, consumption models, and experiences all over again.
The changes seem to come faster and appear to be bigger. For our latest generations this all has merely become common practice and it is simply "the way it is". Older generation, legacy processes, and existing businesses (cities included) are trying to keep up and quickly figure out how to embrace this change for the improvement of customer service and experiences, workforce productivity, business operations, and business purpose (is what we do even still relevant in today's digital world?)
Financial institutions, hospitals, retailers, manufacturers, educators (etc) are reaching for digital capabilities and innovative practices to help them optimize and redefine their business in an effort to stay relevant and grow their business and bottom-line in times of change. A similar digital transformation and innovation lens needs to be applied to our urban fabric. The cities in which we live, learn, work, and play; the infrastructure that moves goods, people, water, electrons, and data; as well as our built environment, will all need to be modernized in order to face the new and increased expectations, and be ready for an age of continues (and digital) disruption.
The two 2017 programs that are announced by Harvard GSD Executive Education deal exactly with this. The courses are designed for city planners, administrators, designers, builders who want to be informed about digital capabilities and innovative practices that will reshape our urban landscape, and are looking for tools that can help them define and shape a digital journey and guide them along the way.
Course on Smart Buildings, and how to leverage the Internet of Things in order to make buildings more efficient, sustainable, productive, and future-ready: Digital Buildings.
Course on Smart Cities, and how to build collaborative eco-system that will provide for a sustainable journey to sustainable cities: Future Cities: Re-imagining Communities in the Age of Digital Disruption