The CPS is a community of cities, companies, academia and other organizations that leverages knowledge and experience in cities worldwide to accelerate sustainable transformation. It offers curated guidance and collaborative action so that cities do not have to navigate their transformation journeys alone.
The CP Board of Directors (CPBD) governs all legal and fiduciary affairs of the CPS, and is responsible for membership. The Cities of Amsterdam, Barcelona, and Quito, along with Cisco, GDF Suez, Computation Institute – the University of Chicago, and the New York Academy of Sciences, formed the original CPBD. The CPBD has grown since its inception, with Dubai being promoted to the board at a recent meeting in Amsterdam.
The General Assembly is comprised of representatives from all of the member institutions and is responsible for governance, establishment of strategy, and management of operations; the CP Task Force (CPTF) carries out those operations. The CPTF is an open community of volunteer non-member institutions and individuals who complete the activities necessary to develop CPAs and is organized into Task-And-Finish-Teams (TAFTs) – typically small, delivery-focused teams with a well-defined charter that includes objectives and milestones meant to address a particular transformational challenge to cities. Each TAFT is aligned and integrated within a thematic area identified in the City Anatomy.
And we arrive at the City Anatomy – the heart of the CPS!
The City Anatomy provides a common language with which to describe the different key features of city life. It takes into consideration three systems: Structure (environment, infrastructures, built domain), Information (platform, economy, governance), Society (culture, functions, people). This tiered conceptual approach aims at setting the stage for effective city governance, evaluation and transformation while providing cities with a common structure to describe their unique set of challenges and opportunities to each other, in a way that helps them discover what commonalities they might share.
The City Anatomy is a visual depiction of the concept that cities, like living organisms, take in, process, and release resources continuously. It establishes a common language for talking about the complexity of cities, opens up new opportunities for knowledge transfer between cities, and creates a foundation upon which to build effective tools for transforming cities.