Our cities and regions have an important role to play as leaders in the digital transformation process. They can create the right environment to accelerate the digital transformation of businesses, organisations and public administrations, and improve the life of their citizens. European Commission initiatives support local policy makers to understand the application of advanced technologies and the opportunities they provide, so that they can design flexible, future-proof policies.
The ‘Blueprint for cities and regions as launch-pads for digital transformation’ by the Strategic Policy Forum on Digital Entrepreneurship illustrates the strategic role of urban and regional ecosystems in leading a modern, smart transformation of their territories. It also underlines the importance of a holistic approach that is motivated by strong leadership and mobilises all local actors. An online tool for the blueprint defines the specific recommendations for local stakeholders on how to support digital transformation and presents the 13 case-studies in detail.
Yet, the key to digital transformation remains leadership. Digital transformation has to be led from the top, with active involvement from policy makers and higher management in both the public and private sectors. To enable them to better appreciate the functioning of advanced technologies, as well as their social, economic and regulatory implications, the report, ‘Digital compass for policy makers: technologies, impact and recommendations’ by the Strategic Policy Forum highlights the possibilities, opportunities and effects of advanced digital technologies and sets out a 3-stage approach to deliver effective, successful digital experiences.