Linking dispersed enterprises
The central concept of Distributed City defines the whole of the Highlands and Islands as a city, helping to create better links across the region.
The Distributed City is spread across a much wider geography than cities such as Glasgow and Edinburgh. In this model, towns and villages correspond to the localities and neighbourhoods of a typical city. But it is an alternative to the political “hub and spoke” model that exists in Scotland, with everything relating to Edinburgh as the capital.
The Distributed City concept challenges thinking about a dispersed region. These communities will soon be connected through digital technology, raising questions about how they could work together. We can create a mutually beneficial economy in these communities by treating them as connected and encouraging use of local assets. For example, if an SME is developing an online presence, instead of going to a Glasgow design agency, there could be one available in Inverness.
A function of Distributed City is to make proximity count and to co-create and develop relationships that are beneficial to all. We need to work across our geography and create a holistic view of a region to allow it to thrive.
Professor Irene McAra-McWilliam