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Portland's smart city team launches equity consulting advisors project

Equity consulting advisors will participate as members of the smart cities steering committee and help to evaluate proposed projects and shape long-term partnerships.

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The advisors will play a key role in shaping Portland's smart city and urban data programmes.
The advisors will play a key role in shaping Portland's smart city and urban data programmes.

Smart City PDX has announced it is seeking three equity consulting advisors from Portland communities to play a key role in shaping the city’s programmes.

 

Smart City PDX is the city of Portand’s urban data and technology division which aims to use data to improve citizens’ lives.

 

Partnership with the city

 

Advisors will work on contract in partnership with the city and other consultants. They will also work with each other and Smart City PDX staff to make specific recommendations for programme development.

 

According to the recruitment advertisement, programme recommendations will address three driving questions:

  • how can the needs and priorities of communities suffering inequities shape the project mix and priorities of Smart City PDX?
  • what processes can be created to make it easy and rewarding for communities harmed by inequities to propose and take part in projects?
  • how will communities be integrated into the design (including privacy and data protection), implementation, evaluation, and celebration of the programme and its projects?

Equity consulting advisors will also participate as members of the smart cities steering committee. The advisors will help to evaluate proposed projects and shape long-term partnerships.

These types of technical expertise will help it towards its goal which is to advance equity and improve lives through the use of technology and improved information management

According to Smart City PDX, an equity advisors consulting group is an emerging best practice in equity engagement. Expertise in equity issues can come from a combination of lived experience, leadership roles, serving in the community, and/or work history. Applicants do not need prior consulting experience.

 

Smart City PDX points out that joining this committee provides needed expertise and perspective in an understanding of racial and social inequities in Portland. The appointments will help it towards its goal which is to advance equity and improve lives through the use of technology and improved information management.

 

Examples of other needed recommendations include:

  • strategies to build awareness of Smart City PDX in communities experiencing inequities;
  • strategies to include community voices in feedback of Smart City PDX planning and projects;
  • evaluation framework to determine how well the project mix addresses the inequities that are of most importance to affected communities;
  • strategies to build technological capacity and data literacy in communities experiencing inequities.

Advisors will be paid $100 per hour for up to several hours per month during the nine-month contract. Applications are due 15 August 2019.

 

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