Julian joined 21c, an innovation and open data consultancy, as Senior Director for Government in May 2015 after 25 years in local and central government policy making and programme implementation. His final posting was as a Deputy Director in the Department of Communities and Local Government where he was part of the launch team of the award winning GOV.UK website, raised the Department’s social media profile and created the local digital campaign; a programme supporting transformation of local public services. Prior to that Julian worked for the Government Offices of the Regions supporting effective regional governance in England, Regional Select Committees and the Council for Regional Ministers, a Cabinet sub-committee. On joining the Civil Service in 2000 Julian was programme director for the successful £675m Local eGovernment programme to e.enable local council services. Before joining central government Julian worked for local government as Head of Policy and Review for Cambridgeshire County Council responsible for the council’s corporate planning and scrutiny functions and as Social Policy Officer for Thamesdown Borough Council.
Why should you attend the lecture?
Urbanisation, re-urbanisation in Europe, digital connectivity as a key driver of the economoy and serrvice, including public service, in effect creating a new single market. Changes are connected with challenges, and opportunities for public administrators. Which ones?
In his presentation Julian Bowrey will argue that a more powerful trend is not the creation of a single market through the actions of member states but the creation of in effect single markets for the continuing growth of city/city regions as the engines for economic growth and market integration. This is being driven by urbanisation, or more accurately in Europe, re-urbanisation, and the rise of digital connectivity as a key driver of the economy and service, including public service, delivery. We are seeing evidence that most large cities/city regions are grappling with these changes in very similar ways which is in effect creating a new single market.He will refer to 3 elements of this phenomena which present particular challenges, and opportunities for public administrators, central and local.- playing the city - too many smart city initiatives are managerial and technocratic; we need to make them more fun- invest in smart citizens - both young people and existing citizen groups
- build capacity amongst public servant to understand and deploy big, including open, dataThis reponse can be seen from cities across Europe (irrespective of political factors).