Smart Distinctiveness by Design
Simon has been invited to contribute to a blog on the British Academy website setting out his ideas about ‘Smart Distinctiveness by Design’ and the challenge of shaping globalised new technology to meet the needs of local communities and thereby safeguarding the special character of each our cities.
A link to the article can be found below:
Briefing Senior Chinese City Officials
Simon has contributed a number of times to a Programme run by the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership. In Particular in Autumn 2016 Simon made a presentation to delegates from the Beijing Municipal Government on the topic of Risk Management in the Digital Age. He briefed delegates on his experience of citizen engagement in Birmingham, Cambridge and Heidelberg and how smart technology can address resilience issues by allowing decision makers to share information and to engage with the public.
A Strategy for Heidelberg
Simon has been commissioned by the Mayor of Heidelberg, Professor Dr Eckart Würzner, to provide consultancy advice on smart city thinking in drafting a strategy for Heidelberg. The city is committed to world class standards in environmental sustainability, economic vitality and a high quality of life for all the communities in the city. The strategy will set out the principles that will be applied to deliver this vision.
Uttlesford Local Plan Support
Simon has recently been commissioned to provide project management support and planning policy advice to support Uttlesford District Council in preparing a new local plan for the district. The local plan will set out the spatial strategy for the period up until 2033.
Thursday 15th September 2016
Chinese business website publishes article by Simon
Simon focuses on the future of creating knowledge led cities for a Chinese based audience. It has been published on the Chinese Business Gazette website.
Link to full article : CBG Article Link
Wednewday 3rd August 2016
Cambridge's Simon Payne leaves Council to set up Smart City Consultancy
After 41 years in local government Simon Payne has stepped down as Director of Environment at Cambridge City Council. This has allowed him to set up his goal Consultancy of Cambridge. Planning Magazine caught up with Simon and covered the move in a published article. Link to article: http://jobs.planningresource.co.uk/article/cambridge-planning-boss-sets-up-smart-cities-consultancy/