The right stakeholders

The dynamics of stakeholder interaction is central to successful Smart City actions. Who uses the infrastructure and how do the different users interact? Sometimes hundreds of different parties are involved in just one project. They can be anyone who is interested in energy evolution, including the end user. How do you align so many different priorities?

Working with different partners does not have to be complicated, as long as there is an open dialogue and a clear vision. Sharing a vision is crucial. Molly Webb from the Climate Group says: ‘When Smart Cities have a level of ambition that goes beyond a political or private sector vision, issues can be overcome.’

 

 ‘We need to create a base for innovators’
Molly Webb, the Climate Group

 

The City of Stockholm is working closely with the private sector to redesign its industrial seaport area. For them, it was key to invite the stakeholders to join very early on in the process. ‘The sooner you have them on board, the better the climate for discussion is’, says Staffan Lorentz , Head of Development at the City of Stockholm. ‘You can combine knowledge at an early stage.’

Read the interview with Molly Webb, as well as best practices from Stockholm and Rotterdam, in Smart City dynamics