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PROPOSITION

Project consulting and advisory [plug-in] services to enhance knowledge sharing and global best-practice aimed at creating shared value that supports sustainable, resilient urban growth and development.

The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented document that will set global standards for sustainable urban development, and help us to rethink how we plan, manage and live in cities... achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals will depend, in large part, on whether we can make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
— António Guterres, 9th Secretary-General of the United Nations, 2017

WHO IS SUPERFUTURE PROJECTS

SUPERFUTURE PROJECTS is a social enterprise founded in 2006 using corporate finance and equity market principles to provide ‘project plug-in’ consulting and advisory services to enhance knowledge sharing and global best-practice to create shared value that supports sustainable, resilient urban growth and development. Conceived as a Masters of Architecture project investigating THE FUTURE OF CITIES, CITIZENSHIP and TECHNOLOGY. We have delivered many projects over the past 15 years and during that time our proposition has expanded, as has the technology that governs our lives. Our goal is to help communities, companies and organisations, individually and collectively, achieve greater SOCIAL IMPACT through embracing technology and digital citizenship. Our approach is founded on the belief that corporations and government through COLLABORATION and INNOVATION can drive sustainable improvement in the world and CREATE SHARED VALUE by using their core capabilities in ways that contribute to both SOCIAL PROGRESS and ECONOMIC SUCCESS. Our suite of technology platforms have developed over time to meet our project needs and are aligned as one service offering and to contribute to deliver on the United Nations (UN) NEW URBAN AGENDA and the UN’s SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS. This allows us to examine alternatives by combining bottom-up and top-down means of regenerating SUSTAINABLE and EQUITABLE URBAN GROWTH and DEVELOPMENT.

Data at the moment is about developers and it needs to be about communities. If cities are to enjoy truly transformational benefits from the opening up of data they need to find ways to get data into the hands of ordinary people, so they can interrogate that data and begin to solve their own problems.
— LEIGH DODDS, AUTHOR OF DATA PATTERNS & CHAIR OF OPEN DATA INSTITUTE, LONDON

We work with urban designers, architects, city managers, local business chambers and the property sector to provide a range of project services to, asset owners, suppliers, cities and communities, our stakeholders and project partners.

WHat is SUPERFUTURE PROJECTS

SUPERFUTURE PROJECTS is a suite of INTERACTIVE TECHNOLOGY DATA PROJECT [plug-ins] that provide a COLLABORATIVE PROJECT MANAGEMENT system, that develops and implements your SOCIAL IMPACT PLAN into specific projects for CREATING SHARED VALUE and SOCIAL CHANGE. We develop comprehensive project options that can extend beyond a company’s core business and include engaging in RESEARCH and EVIDENCE BASED INSIGHTS that consign THOUGHT LEADERSHIP to develop and deliver SOCIAL INNOVATION and BUSINESS IMPROVEMENTS in the BUILT ENVIRONMENT and in the CITIES and COMMUNITIES within which you do business. Our international teams work across all sectors by PARTNERING with communities, corporations, foundations, non-profits, and governments in every region of the globe providing a foundation for our partners to COLLABORATIVELY IDENTIFY projects and measure and evaluate the impact of their interventions. Driving economic success and CREATING SHARED VALUE is a model in which a corporation leverages all of its assets to deliver a SOCIAL IMPACT, it’s not only a responsibility but also an opportunity to rethink the way we do business and drive SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH. Experience the multiple ways you can [plug-in] our services through the PROJECTS page.

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WHAT IS SHARED VALUE…?

Shared value is a MANAGEMENT STRATEGY in which companies find BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY in social problems. While PHILANTHROPY and CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY (CSR) focus efforts on “giving back” or MINIMIZING the HARM business has on society, shared value focuses company leaders on maximizing the COMPETITIVE VALUE of solving social problems in new customers and markets, cost savings and talent retention. More companies are now realigning and REBUILDING BUSINESS MODELS around social good, which sets them apart from the competition and AUGMENT their SUCCESS. With the help of NGOs, governments, and other stakeholders, business has the POWER OF SCALE to create real change on monumental social problems.

Shared value is not social responsibility, philanthropy, or sustainability, but a new way for companies to achieve economic success.
— Michael E. Porter and Mark Kramer, “Creating Shared Value,” Harvard Business Review, 2011

Why engage in CREATING SHARED VALUE…?

There are three (3) CSV DRIVERS that can disrupt markets and affect your profit and opportunities for growth. These market disruptors act as levels of incorporating a shared value business model into your day-to-day operations. LEVEL ONE is driven by RECONCEIVING PRODUCTS AND MARKETS by meeting societal needs through products and addressing unserved or underserved customers. LEVEL TWO is rethinking internally REDEFINING PRODUCTIVITY IN THE VALUE CHAIN by changing practices in the value chain to drive productivity through better utilizing resources, employees, and your business partners. LEVEL THREE is to act externally ENABLING LOCAL CLUSTER DEVELOPMENT by improving the available skills, supplier base, and supporting institutions in the communities where a company operates to boost productivity, innovation, and growth.

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Where do you fall on the SHARED VALUE SPECTRUM…? 

We work with our project partners, asset owners, architects, urban designers and organisation that are just beginning their journey and with government organisations, communities and companies who have been creating shared value for years, we have developed a suite of technology platform services to meet the different resources and support required. Read our METHODOLOGIES and FRAMEWORKS and then navigate to the PROJECTS [PLUG-IN] PAGE to recognise which SHARED VALUE approach suits your business, then send us an ENGAGEMENT FORM to get started.

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CONNECTING CITIES & COMMUNITIES WITH ADAPTATION PROJECTS & PATRON FINANCE.

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PROCESS

We strategically connect your business to our project services, investing in equitable cross-sector global partnerships to better prepare cities and communities around the world to confront the challenges ahead.

Cities as distinct entities require different things to develop and expand, so if we can look at how the centres of cities change through time, it can tell us something about the relative power of places, how resources are used, and the level of governance, institutional or economic development in these places.
— MEREDITH REBA, SETO LAB: URBANISATION & GLOBAL CHANGE, YALE UNIVERSITY

DATA ANALYTICS

To ensure the analysis conducted is appropriate for addressing the underlying project objective, it is vital that we understand the issues you are investigating. It is also necessary to understand the interrelationships that exist between relevant POLITICAL, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL, TECHNICAL, ENVIRONMENTAL and LEGAL factors relating to your project. We formulate a set of questions and criteria for which you’re seeking solutions and specify your objectives for creating key datasets. We analyse the datasets with spatial, statistical, and mathematical analysis tools to reveal patterns, anomalies and variables. We identify indicators and trends, that provide insights that allow a dynamic concentration on a large volume of data responding to the set criteria. 

AREAS of PRACTICE

• PROJECT MANAGEMENT CONSULTING
• PROJECT GOVERNANCE & ADVISORY
• DUE DILIGENCE RESEARCH & REPORTING
• BUSINESS CASE RESEARCH & WRITING
• ECONOMETRICS & (I-O) ANALYSIS
• FINANCIAL FEASIBILITY STUDIES
• COST BENEFIT ANALYSIS & MODELLING
• SOFT-LANDING SOLUTIONS & PLANNING
• MEASURING & EVALUATING SOCIAL IMPACT
• ESG PERFORMANCE RATING & REPORTING
• ‘THREE PILLARS’ PROJECT MANAGEMENT
      - PROJECT SCOPING
      - EVIDENCE-BASED DESIGN
      - P.O.E. & BENCHMARKING

AREAS of SPECIALTY

• POPULATION & DEMOGRAPHIC CHANGE
• HOUSING DIVERSITY & AFFORDABILITY
• HUMAN SETTLEMENT PLANNING & PATTERNS
• URBAN & ECONOMIC COMPETITIVENESS
• TRANSPORT ECONOMICS & LAND USE
• URBAN GOVERNANCE & PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
• COMMUNITY & STAKEHOLDER CONSULTATION
• SMART CITIES & KNOWLEDGE ECONOMIES
• CITY FUTURES, CIVIL SOCIETY & PUBLIC SPACE
• CITIES & SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT GOALS
• TRANSPARENCY & BPM IMPROVEMENT
• CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION & RESILIENCE
• FOOD SECURITY, RENEWABLES & CARBON
• CONSTRUCTION SUPPLY CHAIN & LOGISTICS

BENCHMARKING TOOL

We visualise the data with a series of visualisation tools including charts, maps, and dashboards and animations or purpose built data application products. We commission, collect and extend data from various public, open and government data sources, combined with our own global benchmarking tool. Our benchmarking databases are organised, classified and indexed into datasets: URBAN PEOPLE, URBAN ECONOMICS, URBAN POLICY, URBAN FORM, URBAN INFRASTRUCTURE, URBAN SYSTEMS & SERVICES, (and) URBAN ENVIRONMENTS. 

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LivEability & Enterprise [RATING index] for Smart Urban Growth Strategies.

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METHODOLOGY

We use strategic and applied futurism methodology, research insights, prototyping and design thinking to illuminate what’s next, so projects succeed and the communities and businesses that you serve thrive. 

Futures Studies is not really about prediction, in the common sense of the word as a statement of something that will happen; but that, rather, it is about thinking about, writing about and speaking about what alternative futures might happen.
— DR JOSEPH VOROS, AUSTRALIAN FORESIGHT INSTITUTE, SWINBURNE, 2005

APPLIED FUTURISM

A futurist’s paradox is this, if you don’t at least try to predict the future, are you guaranteed to fail? We define this as good planning or our APPLIED FUTURISM METHODOLOGY, and is one of the most important characteristics of a sustainable project, the ability and commitment to ANTICIPATE CHANGE and prepare for the RISKS and OPPORTUNITIES it presents. We use the Association of Professional Futurists (APF) Foresight Competency Model - we continually update and revisit our competency model based on global best practice, research and new technology. The first stage of our APPLIED FUTURISM METHODOLOGY is collating and absorbing multiple relevant sources to the specific topic. Stage two is to conduct pattern recognition and defining how the disparate evidence sources come together into recognisable trends. Stage three is presenting and distilling the identified trends and data into a consumable package, whether it be seminar, workshop, business case, project scope or social impact plan and feasibility study .

MAPPING THE FUTURE

• SHARED HISTORY
• ENVIRONMENTAL SCANNING
• STRATEGIC MAPPING
• FUTURES LANDSCAPE

ANTICIPATING THE FUTURE

• EMERGING ISSUES ANALYSIS
• FUTURES WHEEL
• CONSEQUENCES of ISSUES
• SORTING by IMPACT & ACTIONABLE

DEEPENING THE FUTURE

• UNPACKING WAYS of KNOWING
• CAUSAL LAYERED ANALYSIS
• INNER & OUTER MAPPING

CREATING ALTERNATIVE FUTURES

• SCENARIOS, SINGLE & DOUBLE DRIVERS
• ARCHETYPE & STRUCTURED ARCHETYPE
• PROBABLE, PREFERABLE, PLAUSIBLE
• CONTRADICTIONS & INTEGRATED FUTURES

TRANSFORMING THE FUTURE

• USES of the FUTURE, VISIONING & ANALYTICS
• QUESTIONING BIAS & BACKCASTING
• ANTICIPATORY ACTION LEARNING
• TRANSCEND CONFLICT RESOLUTION 

TIMING THE FUTURE

• LINEAR MACRO HISTORY & FUTURE MACRO  
• CYCLICAL, BIFURCATION, PENDULUM, SPIRAL
• IMPLICATIONS of LONG TERM TRENDS

 

COLLABORATIVE CONTRACTING & SUPPLY CHAIN ANALYTICS CREATING SHARED VALUE

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CONSULTING SERVICES

We provide project plug-in services as a source of independent knowledge and research supported by our network of international specialist consultants and practitioners, academic researchers and technology platforms. 

The human condition can almost be summed up in the observation that, whereas all experiences are of the past, all decisions are about the future…. The image of the future, therefore, is the key to all choice-oriented behaviour. The general character and quality of the images of the future which prevail in a society are therefore the most important clue to its overall dynamics.
— Kenneth Boulding, General Systems Theory, 1973

CONSULTING services

We provide INSIGHTS to COMPLEX TECHNICAL DETAIL to reduce client expense, and protect our clients from the consequences of approval delays and design errors, which are often the cause for considerable cost increases. We provide project management and advisory services to ensure a RETURN ON INVESTMENT. Under the project scope the client can also leverage on the expertise and the experience of our strategic project management services to guide our clients safely to project handover and ongoing asset management. Our projects provide a better understanding of the dynamic behaviour of URBAN SYSTEMS by going beyond the physical appearance and by focusing on evidence based impact factors. We research and analyse the city as a wholistic complex human-made organism with a metabolism that can be modelled and provide informed approaches for the development of data-informed design projects and the management of SMART and RESPONSIVE CITIES.

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City Data

We collect, and obtain and contribute to city data and metrics from the world’s best, standardised data sources, created by Global Cities Institute (GCIF) 255 member cities, spanning across 82 countries. By collecting and analysing data from a variety of government and open sources, we're able to create detailed, informative profiles for most city and communities globally.The city data sets we use and create are aligned with the global benchmark set of indicators and the framework for ISO 37120, the first international standard on city metrics.

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Project PLANNING

Our data analysis and research establishes the best project planning and design questions that align with UN New Urban Agenda (Habitat III). Including questions on exponential growth and affordability, and what city ‘form’ best combines livability with density. Increasing levels of mobility across expansive urban geographies and how the form of cities and technological advancements improve the health and wellbeing of communities. Our services assist in the planning and design for critically needed infrastructure across the globe? Our project partners are positioned to harness the benefits of data-driven planning and decision-making for intelligent city development into the future. 

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project DESIGN

On the surface, design practices and data science may not seem like obvious partners. But these disciplines actually work toward the same goal, helping designers and project managers understand users. Our projects conduct data-driven testing for making design decisions on everything from small projects to large-scale urban infrastructure. Our work provides insights to the relationship between data, business, and design to define opportunities, formulate hypotheses, and test different design options to co-creating sustainable design outcomes.

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Data Analysis

We work with our project partners to interpret and understand society's trends and make informed project decisions, we collect, store and analyse data to assist in making and implementing evidence based project decisions. Intelligent analysis of the challenges facing fast-growing cities requires credible, standardised city level data and knowledge sharing among the world’s civic leaders. We gather and convene collaborative, cross-disciplinary research that builds on the GCIF metrics and other data sources and integrate urban governance with design, technology and economics. 

 

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Urban Governance

Cities occupy a pivotal position in building global sustainability, not only in economic and environmental terms, but also in policy terms. Our data research provides insights into communities and urban governance, envisioning and guiding urban change into sustainable futures and project success. Our projects can focus on large economic and spatial formations with complex political-administrative jurisdictions that often demand new forms of governance. 

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Project Delivery

Our project processes and modeling supply data for downstream applications, such as facilities management and performance. BIM produces datasets, such as COBie (Construction-Operations Building Information Exchange) spreadsheet, as part of the regular deliverables. Project specific and performance COBie data is changing the business process from technical specifications to contract wording. We harness data from the built environment, and project based procedures to verify and exchange data with our project partners. Our evidence based approach to project delivery allows project data to quantify value to our clients ensuring the project data is as rigorous as the contract documentation.

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Performance Data

Our clients are interested in the data generated by buildings. We can provide a suite of performance management data, where elements can be associate with data-driven technology, this data enables building owners to measure and improve performance. Innovative building owners are using data to conduct holistic assessment and performance of buildings to public space. Globally standardised data enables civic leaders to learn from each other globally and sector peer groups.  Project metrics are the cornerstone of our work and enable project managers and asset owners to use standardised data as a crucial tool for benchmarking progress, to weigh infrastructure investments, undertake in-depth evaluations, and monitor project performance. 

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Data Visualisation

Our services enhance project success by addressing the challenges for analysing project datasets and visualising that information across project teams. To approach the core questions confronting city transformations requires accurate city level data, and the capacity to calculate and visualise new, alternative and progressive forms of urbanisation. We work with the best global data scientist and computational analysts to model cities and projects.

 
 

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CONTACT

We know and understand the complexity of our proposition. We also know and understand that small projects can have big effects in alleviating risks and contributing positively to improving life outcomes.

BUSINESS CHALLENGE

The Centre for Innovation at Leiden University completed extensive research into the complexities and opportunities of adopting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s). The research highlights the multiple relationships that exist among the 17 goals. The challenge is to better understand the interrelation between SDGs and how policies that contribute to their realisation could complement each other. Institutions working on specific areas of sustainable development tend to explore and focus on limited aspects of the SDG roadmap. The following study provides an overview of the various links between the sustainable development goals throughout key policy documents - with a specific focus on the message that relates to urban development (SDG 11). The Centre for Innovation has developed an interactive (automated) classifier to identify how certain policies (texts) relate to specific aspects and how these focus areas might be addressed in relation to each other.

The classifier has been trained on the basis of the formulation of SDGs and their pertaining targets. Take a look at the complexity of the problem at the following link. http://linkssdgs.herokuapp.com/

BUSINESS AGENDA

Our work aligns with the UNITED NATIONS NEW URBAN AGENDA (Habitat III) our projects support science, research and innovation, including a focus on social, technological, digital and nature-based innovation, robust science-policy that interfaces in urban and territorial planning and policy formulation and generates open source mechanisms for sharing and exchanging information, knowledge and expertise, including the collection, analysis, standardisation and dissemination of geographically based, community-collected, high-quality, timely and reliable data disaggregated by income, sex, age, race, ethnicity, migration status, disability, geographic location and other characteristics relevant in national, regional and local contexts, respecting privacy rights and all human rights obligations and commitments.

BUSINESS ETHICS

Our partners expect us to have high ethical standards in everything we do. We are expected to not have any conflict between our own interests and our obligations to the communities we work with. All of our business partners comply with our Statement of Business Ethics and know and understand the standards the Statement promotes. Our values are committed to good governance and transparent and accountable practices. Economic, environmental and social sustainability practices. Excellence, respect, integrity and making a difference. We act with integrity – consciously informed by a framework of core values and principles that are given consistent, practical effect.  Our consultants and project partners are accountable for their conduct, to be evaluated in the light of our Ethics Framework Policy, (1) Fostering a collegial community based on mutual trust; (2) Respecting the intrinsic dignity of all persons; (3) Promoting equality of opportunity; and (4) Neither initiating nor colluding in harmful acts.

TERMS OF ENGAGEMENT

Our global team of consultants work via a Memorandum of Understanding (Consulting Services Agreement) (“MOU”) and this is designed to be signed as a preliminary non-binding heads of terms document and sets out terms of reference, code of ethics and privacy statements. Once your project scope is developed the MOU is then followed by a binding detailed, definitive Consulting Services Agreement under which the consultant’s agree to provide consulting services to our project partners and business clients. Using an MOU such as this allows for project teams to develop their own mutually agreed terms and prevents cultural misunderstandings. It also aids the process of focusing on and agreeing all of the important legal and commercial points that need to be dealt with by the definitive, binding, Consulting Services Agreement.

 

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