"If I can't picture it, I can't understand it." Albert Einstein
We work on Smart City, Internet of Things (IoT), Smart Data, and Human-to-Computer Interaction Experience (HCIx) projects with city leaders, constituents, private sector and non-profits to bring solutions together to make a positive difference in our shared communities.
Vision Architecture® is a framework, methodology, and set of capability blueprints designed to capture ideas, visualize and illustrate exactly what the future transformation holds, metrics to prove progress, and proven architectures to turn them into reality.
METROPOLIS is our flagship program designed in building blocks for people of all ages and backgrounds to imagine, learn, visualize, describe, and implement their ideas of the future for cities, technologies, communities, businesses, and families. METROPOLIS includes three main components: 1) Global Positioning System (GPS) Workshops to identify where you are now, where you want to go, how you'll get there, and the coordinates that will measure your progress and success; 2) METROPOLIS Education 100-900 Series to learn how things work, how to create, manager and measure real projects including job training; 3) METROPOLIS Implementation 1000-9000 Series for organizing moving into implementation of their clearly identified vision including Train-the-Trainer, Staff Augmentation and Managed Program Services.
We facilitate workshops to help clients identify where they are now, where the want to go in the future, the transformation plans they'll need to get there, and metrics we'll use to ensure they stay on track. We recently created a Resilient Oakland Coloring Book for the City of Oakland to "engage youth in shaping the future of Oakland" and it is posted on City of Oakland's website for your free access and use, right here: https://beta.oaklandca.gov/documents/resilient-oakland-coloring-book
October 10, 2016, the City of Oakland responded to Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities initiative Resilience Assessment for the City of Oakland, Libby Schaaf, the Mayor of Oakland, and Kiran Jain, the Chief Resilience Officer, announced the, "Resilient Oakland Playbook". See the press release here. The playbook lays out multi-faceted plans for the future of Oakland to prepare and becomes more resilient expanding abilities to bounce back after sudden shocks like earthquakes and fires along with the day-to-day risks of crime and social equity issues, among others.
Vision Architecture is based in Oakland and when we learned the Resilient Oakland response team was kicking off with interest in using storytelling to share and seed ideas of resilience strategies for the city, we asked to join the team. We suggested creating a story line coloring book covering the past, present, and future of Oakland including all age ranges, with historic references, current state capabilities, future technologies and the results that may derived from investment today in plans for the future. We worked with Kiran Jain, the Chief Resilience Officer for the City of Oakland, and other city departments and community leaders to create the Resilient Oakland Coloring Book. It's free so you can pull a copy down from the City of Oakland website!
Smart Cities, Resilient Cities, and Connected City initiatives are multifaceted and generally involve public sector and private sector input to roll out successful programs.
We like Rockefeller Foundation's 100 Resilient Cities Framework because it identifies subject areas where large numbers of constituents have needs that private sector service providers and public sector agencies are looking to address.