Urban-Nexus: a holistic and comprehensive approach to managing ourselves and our global wealth.

2014 marks the year of alliances between people and organizations, between local and global. Let 2014 be the year we reach out to the world and form alliances. With this, the Mayor of Bonn, Jürgen Nimptsch, highlights the importance of cooperation and collaboration on a macro and micro level. With the same collaborative mindset, the panel of the Urban-Nexus approach stresses that our interlinked and interdependent resources systems require an integrated approach.

The focus of the session was on how the Urban Nexus approach and inter-sectorial coordination make cities more resilient. This approach has a strategic nature as it considers multiple dimensions and has a long term outlook towards managing the building blocks of human societies: Water, food and energy. Regardless of the current troubles we face as a society, resource efficiency and its effective deployment is a must. Understanding that the management of resources is more of a challenge then where to acquire resources evolves our perspective from short-term operational thinking towards a more strategic mindset. How can we design our societies to fully utilize our resources with no waste? What tools can be used to achieve resource efficiency? And why is it necessary to develop a strategic mindset?

By reflecting upon these questions, we begin to understand that one of the biggest challenges we face in our contemporary world system is management. Management originates from the need to guide, facilitate and direct resources, human and material. Developing tools which support decision making and captures the data needed to gain insights, integrates the human and material element needed for effective management of resources. It combines the human rights and resource efficiency dimension as it indicates where the synergies are and identifies opportunities to streamline processes.

Employing the Urban-Nexus approach by local governments’ means they identify opportunities to generate their own income independent from the national government and gives them tools to help focus the attention where it is needed. This encourages decentralization and increases the local governments’ capacity for decision making and resource management which impacts and results in effective changes on the community level. In order to avoid the unwanted side effects of unplanned urban growth, a future orientated and long term mindset is essential in local government, as well as a high degree of knowledge and community engagement, which can ultimately deliver the desired results and achieve the required targets.

This indicates that a behavior change is one of the main challenges in our society and that we need to develop competencies which evolve our societies: flexibility, adaptability and most importantly, resilience. In a world which is ever evolving, managing at the speed of change will determine our future.

If you are interested for more information about the tools available and to get involved and collaborate, visit: www.pando.sc

Written by Noelle Decuypere

Social Media Volunteer