EDA University Center for
Regional Economic Innovation
Translating Smart City Manager Knowledge (2019)
Co-Learning Plan - 2019
Author: John Monberg, MSU Department of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures
Drawing on lessons learned from working with partners in award-winning Smart City projects in Columbus, Kansas City, Portland, Denver and Chicago, Dr. Monberg’s work is focused on helping to build a civil society infrastructure scaled to meet the needs of the callings and opportunities created by Smart City technology infrastructures.
Working with local city managers in Lansing, Detroit, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo, this project will lead to the creation of a usable humanities framework for leaders grappling with the consequences of new Smart City initiatives by drawing upon sophisticated humanities perspectives to create a coherent vision that builds on the collaboration of many community stakeholders, identify techniques for genuine community outreach and engagement, and formulate ethical principles around issues of equity, participation, representation, and deliberation.