The WISC Seminar Series of 2019 continues this week with a talk from Alex Greatholder from Transport for West Midlands (TfWM). Transport for West Midlands co-ordinates investment to improve the region’s transport infrastructure. Alex will present how TfWM is starting to use data and digital strategies to better inform policy making and strategic decision making for new transport provision. This talk will cover TfWM’s digital ambition for transport to be less hindsight, more insight leading to foresight. This means knowing the impact an event will have before it is made and assessing the impact as it occurs not simply assessing the impact after the event has occurred. Covering two case studies surrounding the new ‘Road Safety Strategy’ and the ‘2026 Delivery Plan’, it will be discussed how data has helped TfWM improve the positive impact in the areas of road safety and transport planning. The seminar will be held on Thursday 31st January at 4pm in R0.03.
The following week will see Jenni Lloyd from NESTA London give a talk on the ShareTown Project. ShareTown is an imaginary town created to explore a preferred future for the way citizens, technology and local government live and work together. ShareTown is not intended as a prediction, but a source of inspiration - a way of setting a deliberately positive direction of travel. Many of the details of this town emerged from a May 2018 workshop with leaders from local government and civil society. Identifying criteria for a positive future for public service delivery, we looked for seeds of that future in projects and social innovations from the present, including Nesta’s ShareLab programme. In this presentation Jenni Lloyd will frame the context that prompted ShareTown and invite participants to explore and critique the work. The seminar will be held on Thursday 7th February 2019 at 4pm in R0.03
Both seminars are open to all and those wishing to attend should register here: https://warwick.ac.uk/research/priorities/sustainablecities/newsandevents/calendar/wisc2019/register