The Creative City: An Innovative Digital Leadership Program for City Decision Makers

  • Christopher G. KirwanEmail author
  • Dan Yao
  • Wanni Dong
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9741)


As cities have become more advanced through the emergence of new technologies and Smart Cities solutions, there is a greater necessity to unlock the true potential of cities based not only on the technological dimensions, but on a more holistic approach incorporating strategies embodying design thinking, resource optimization, system integration and stakeholder engagement, enhanced via new technologies, fundamental to harnessing the creative potential of cities. This paper seeks to outline and define the key theoretical concepts and methodology of the Creative City Digital Leadership Program, a joint initiative between Tsinghua University’s Service Design Institute, Henley Business School’s Informatics Lab and Parsons Institute for Information Mapping established to provide a new digital platform for training city leaders and managers seeking alternative approaches.


Digital leadership Smart cities Urban ecosystems Resource optimization System integration Stakeholder engagement Design thinking City DNA Urban branding Urban interface User experience 



We are pleased to recognize contributions to this paper made by the following colleagues: Academic Research and Collaboration – Prof. Zhiyong Fu, Academy of Arts and Design and co-founder of Design Beijing Lab, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China; Sven Travis, Faculty Parsons School of Design, New York, USA; Prof. Kecheng Liu, Dr. Weizi Li, Henley Business School, University of Reading, England; Dr. Biyu Wan, National Smart City Joint Lab, Beijing, China. Design Beijing Lab, School of Art and Design Tsinghua University Student Projects: InnoZone – Yiming Wei, Xue Dong and Shukai Wang, Beijing, China. Editorial Support – Ernest E. Kirwan, AIA, retired architect/planner and faculty member, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Henley Business SchoolReadingUK
  2. 2.Tsinghua UniversityBeijingChina

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