City Innovation System Foresight: Towards Innovative, Livable and Prosperous Asian Megacities

This is a policy research project, funded by the International Development Research Centre (IDRC). The project aims to help six ASEAN megacities to foster their innovativeness, productivity and competitiveness in various sectors of the economy. The cities included in this study are Bangkok, Ho Chi Minh City, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, and Singapore.

The ultimate goal is to identify sustainable and equitable development pathways that are responsive to the needs and interests of local stakeholders in these megacities. As future innovation policies will become more comprehensive and inclusive, urban challenges are the quality of life for people living in cities, particularly the urban poor. Because of this, ‘city innovations’ will not be merely business innovations that generate monetary profits, instead, the ‘city innovations’ will include those that create and increase access to urban public goods.

In the latest stage of the project, Real-time Delphi survey is to be applied to verify the key issues which affect the change of the city. The objective is to gather potential trends and specific events that could happen in the six megacities. Climate change resilience, ASEAN Integration , and City governance are indentified as  key drivers in the next 10 years, while country’s politics and technology are identified as uncertainties or so called ‘game changers’.

At a recent stakeholder’s meeting in Jakarta, 30 – 31 May 2012, the Delphi statements were discussed and refined, together with other results from the project’s previous phases. The Real-time Delphi survey will be officially launched in mid June 2012.  The survey results would help to confine the signals of change which affect City Innovation System.