Citizen Engagement Digital Policy Smart Cities

City as Digital Governor

There is much to be applauded in the recently published Northern Powerhouse analysis report by CITIE – the partnership between Nesta, Accenture and the Future Cities Catapult.

Download the CITIE report

Given Citizen2020’s focus on citizen engagement we especially welcome two of the main recommendations in the report:

  • Northern Powerhouse cities should “use digital channels to foster high-quality, low-friction engagement with citizens” (become ‘digital governors’).
  • Northern Powerhouse cities should  “use data to optimize services and provide the raw material for innovation” (become ‘datavores’).

Indeed these are the areas we’d like to explore in our upcoming Northern Powerhouse focused ‘conversations workshop’ that we plan to hold in Newcastle upon Tyne in September. More information here.


By Jeffrey Peel

Editor, Citizen20Series and MD, Quadriga Consulting.I am responsible for all site content and have overall responsibility for site editorial, as well as site membership.

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