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The Fourth Industrial Revolution and the City


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Self Paced 4 Hours Digital Badge $199


Course Overview

How do we define the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) and why does it matter to our communities today? The challenge with big shifts like the 4IR is that the past ceases to be a source for guidance as to how to deal with the present or future. If we accept that truism for city management and the larger urban innovation agenda, then what are the criteria we apply as we navigate our smart community futures? What design principles do we articulate as we move forward? What are the required leadership skills in the 4IR era? What does effective governance look like in driving successful community innovation and digitalization initiatives? The first two decades of this century produced a series of digital evangelists stating connectedness would bring our communities enhanced resilience. Where do we stand? What is the role of digitalization (as opposed to digitization) in (re)shaping our communities and our markets? What is the balance between connectedness and self-reliance in conducting the art of resilience?

What topics will be covered

  • Identify how different technologies and innovations have transformed or are transforming the city and its governance, and the implications of this transformation on societies, economies, governments, and people’s lives.
  • Recognize the benefits of and tools for agile governance of the city.
  • Develop an agile regulatory approach for a given scenario.
  • Design a use case that leverages a given digitalization fundamental that is relevant to (y)our community.
  • Give examples of how digitalization and the fourth industrial revolution represent an organizational paradigm shift as opposed to a technology trend.










Thunderbird Professor of Practice Pieter Bas Boorsma

Professor Bas Boorsma 

Bas is a leading urban innovation and digitalization specialist & executive with over 20 years of experience in the 'smart city' space. He serves as Professor of Practice at the Thunderbird School of Global Management at Arizona State University. He also practices what he preaches: Bas serves as the Chief Digital Officer (CDO) to the City of Rotterdam. Bas is also Vice President EMEA of the Cities Today Institute, and also serves as Member of the Board, at the Smart City Association Italy (TSCAI). Bas is the author of the well acclaimed book "A New Digital Deal". (September 2017/February 2020 (revised 2020 edition) -

Thunderbird Managing Director and Professor Landry Signe

Professor Landry Signe

Professor Landry Signe is a world-renowned professor and leading practitioner who has won more than sixty prestigious awards and distinctions from four continents for his academic, policy, business, and leadership accomplishments, receiving as well the fastest reported tenure and promotion to the highest rank of full professor in the history of United States universities, for a scholar who started at an entry-level position in his discipline. 


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To earn the digital badge you must finish this self-paced online course with a finale score of 80% or greater. It provides approximately 4 hours of content. Participants have up to one year from the purchase date to complete this course.