It is hard to imagine what life will look like in 2050, given the speed at which technologies are advancing and society is progressing, and that is why we must start planning now for a city that meets the needs of future generations.
Oxford is a shining example of how knowledge, innovation and creativity can benefit billions of people around the world. From autonomous vehicles and motorsport engineering to breakthrough medical diagnostics, space science and social enterprise initiatives, we have a wealth of talent and opportunity. However, less recognised and supported are the people and businesses that are instrumental in this success, for example the architects, designers, coders, artists, philosophers, administrators and teachers.
By 2050, I hope that Oxford will become a city where everybody can contribute towards its success and that that contribution is heard and acknowledged. I want a city where politicians, academics and planners work creatively alongside citizens to solve problems, where we educates our young people to maximise their future opportunities and where we use cutting-edge technologies to address our most challenging problems –air pollution, educational standards, effective transportation systems, affordable housing, loneliness, social care and access to healthcare.