Social Entrepreneurship in Smart Cities Initiatives

Midwest Symposium on Social Entrepreneurship May 23-24, 2016

Define Social Entrepreneurship - ASHOKA says - Over the past two decades, the citizen sector has discovered what the business sector learned long ago: There is nothing as powerful as a new idea in the hands of a first-class entrepreneur.

Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change.

Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to move in different directions..

Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas, committing their lives to changing the direction of their field. They are visionaries, but also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else.

Social entrepreneurs present user-friendly, understandable, and ethical ideas that engage widespread support in order to maximize the number of citizens that will stand up, seize their idea, and implement it. Leading social entrepreneurs are mass recruiters of local changemakers— role models proving that citizens who channel their ideas into action can do almost anything. Weave Gotcha Covered  


Aaron Deacon presented on the KC Digital Drive social entrepreneurship story - see slides

White House Smart City Initiatives?Five 

White House OSTP/National Science Foundation

Global Cities Team Challenge

Gigabit City Summit - May 16-18, 2016

Brad Jensen presented on IEEE Smart Cities

  • Five global core cities
  • building an affiliate city network
  • Knowledge sharing: MOOCs, white papers
  • Standards?

Kate Garman presented on KCMO efforts in Smart + Connected Cities on KCStreetcar line

  • collaboration with private sector
  • open data catalog
  • privacy



Kari Keefe Think Big Foundation presented on work of Thing Big Partners 


Panel Two - Examples of KC Region Smart Cities Projects


Amanda Wilson at Community Capital Fund describes target audiences. This works well for Digital Inclusion too.


Challenges discussed on Panel:

Aaron Deacon - balancing the goals of collaboration with goals of competition in the region on both public and private sector.  Coalition for Digital Inclusion is a good example of regional cooperation and collaboration among non-profits and cities engaged in bridging the digital divide.

Commenter states we should see "Science of Team Science" - Medalay

Jim DeLisle states challenge is even bigger in the university structure- need facilitators in the middle connecting collaboration with seemingly disparate initiatives.

Need facilitators to understand data analytics and open data to civil engineering.

Tony Luppino at UMKC uses projects to engage various faculty and civic partners to work across lines and build collaboration. Takes coordination but finding passionate people on both sides leads to success.

KC is in the area now of exploring the unknown regarding next steps in digital inclusion and smart cities.  Best way to understand the future is to join those groups that are helping to define it and the City is there through IEEE, NSF, ConnectHome, KC Coalition for Digital Inclusion.

Aaron Exchange Mechanism for Social Good - hard for private sector to invest in social good tech due to unknown ROI

Is there am opportunity to partner with KCPT to facilitate public discussion of there initiatives?  What are the communications channels we are using?

Kate discussed UrbanMomentum and KCityPost kiosks and use of SquareOffs on kiosks. Use the KCityPost app. 

Eric Roche described the Citizens Survey and data analytics and KCStat

Regional KC initiatives:

  • UMKC collaboration
  • CORE4
  • KCK & KCMO will be in Smart City breakout session
  • KU/KState/UMKC collaboration

Digital Inclusion Education Panel:

Community Learning Center - See LearnKey and CS50 at Launch.code



Notes:  Smart Cities should emphasize value of digital engaged citizenship - requires all citizens to have access to the mobile-friendly Internet and suite of government engagement apps

  • twitter @KCMO311
  • MySidewalk
  • NextDoor
  • KCityPost kiosks and app




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