Thank you to all participants & contributors for joining our Travelling Academy in Kraków this October, gathering about 50 professionals from 10 European countries. We hope these 3 days allowed you to get fresh perspectives on your work and to tackle better topics linked with digitalization and civic participation.
A few insights and memories of the meeting: we got a better insight on Human centered design, met for the second time the sTART project; we hope you had some time to mingle with our colleagues from AMATEO network, and for our polish colleagues to discuss networking at the national level. 2 projects were prepared on the topics of Territorial development in rural areas and of Migration. Migration and the welcoming of refugees is indeed an important topic for societies in Europe and we wish to pursue a specific work on this; in order to prepare this, you will receive very soon a specific e-mail.
On TA follow up , you will find pictures of the meeting, as well as all the resources gathered by the contributors (power points, etc.).
We are looking forward to meeting you very soon!
For smart cities to reach their full potential, they need to focus on the citizens living in them, not just technology. This new report, “Rethinking Smart Cities From The Ground Up”, explores how many city governments are now trying to look for answers that involve the public in both shaping ‘collaborative technologies’ and implementing them.
Read more in this article from Nesta: 10 people-centred smart city initiatives
A much more interesting and complex transformation is just beginning, one driven by a growing tension between two distinct forces: old power, held by few, and new power, made by many. The battle and the balancing between old and new power will be defining the feature of society and business in the coming years.
Read more in this article from Harvard Business review: Understanding “New Power”
The enhancement of citizen’s active participation in cultural and democratic life is at the core of the Cultural centers missions and ambition. In a context in which digitalization deeply impacts our societies and cultures, a variety of experimentations linked with civic participation, artistic practices and audience development, are emerging in Europe.
Digitalization implies new ways of connecting, collaborating and sharing with each other. It offers new possibilities for instance for citizens to organize and tackle shared challenges, to invent new forms of resilience, solidarities and powers in urban and rural neighborhood. It also opens new fields in amateur practices and education: new forms of education, do it yourself practices, etc.
The Internet in Society: Empowering or Censoring Citizens? – From RSA Animate