viernes, 16 de enero de 2015

Week picks #22


The Wise City is a socially responsible civic engagement, service design, and product strategy practice. It's a civic production company bringing the right partners and methods together to invent the best future now. It's a network of change agents deeply focused on advancing peer to peer bottom-up movements renewing a social contract based on wise self-governance. It is transcultural, transdisciplinary, ever transforming.
Let's focus on individuals and interactions over processes and tools, working neighborhoods over bureaucratic regulations, resident collaboration over internal planning, responding to change over following a plan. Let's move away from outdated 20th century ideas of a technocratic “smart” city. A better world is not only possible it is already here because wiser ways are increasingly preferred.


i-DAT is an Open Research Lab for playful experimentation with creative technology.
We co-create and share technological prototypes and practices, that push and challenge the boundaries of digital arts and creative media practice. Our main focus is on making ‘data’ tangible, playable and readily available as a material, to generate new meaning and inform participation, audience engagement and innovation in the arts.
i-DAT believes passionately, that it must embrace the opportunities created by digital technologies to be open and collaborative, in order to sustainably co-create social, economic and cultural benefit for society in general and predominantly, for current and future generations of young people.
Hosted by Plymouth University, it has been delivering world class cultural activities since 1998. In March 2012 i-DAT became an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation.
i-DAT manages the development of the Immersive Vision Theatre, delivering shows, productions and research into immersive fulldome environments. Further information can be found here:
Through a rich interaction with teaching [BA/BSc/MRes Digital Art & Technology in the School of Art & Media], research [MADr / Cognition Institute] and enterprise, i-DAT provides access to new technologies, knowledge and ideas. Collaborations with Peninsula Arts and Science and Technology programmes place i-DAT at the heart of Plymouth University’s cultural activities.


Civic Systems Lab has built a body of knowledge on how we understand, seed, and develop citizen-led change and the civic economy. We have done this together with a wide range of partners from across the public private and third sector. Each of our partners and projects has helped us to better understand what’s possible and what’s at stake.
We have researched local innovation extensively through Hand Made, the Community Lover’s Guides and the Compendium for the Civic Economy.
We have a set of prototypes in progress that are testing the conditions, tactics, tools and wider platforms needed for supporting civic change, including The Open Works in Lambeth, Open Hub in Dudley, Hub Westminster in Westminster, The Common Room in Norwich, The Open Institute in London, Library Lab in Brent and Trading Spaces in Sidcup. Each of these prototypes re-designs infrastructures and methods to stimulate and support the emergence of new local initiative. And each of them creates a better understanding of the system in which they are currently embedded and how it needs to change, from project initiation to structural finance, from governance to collective learning.
From March 2014 will be incubating civic initiatives across Birmingham and the Black Country with a £750,000 investment programme: with the Civic Systems Launchpad, part of the Hub Launchpad programme, we are increasing the scale to city level. We aim to scale up our impact by applying and validating what we have been learning into whole-systems re-design through collaborating with a further five major cities over the next 2 years.


In form and content, the Global Urban Commons is a dynamic global directory for urban researchers and practitioners.
Employing a searchable database, the Internet, e-mail, and video-conferencing, it enhances sharing data, collaboration, and learning in real time. It aims to strengthen existing partnerships, stimulate new relationships, and expose scholars and practitioners to new lines of thought that they would not otherwise encounter.

Week picks series features different initiatives and projects I found or want to highlight on this blog. It will help me track new findings from community groups, startups or local governments working and delivering solutions relevant to the issues covered on this blog. I often bookmark them or save them on Tumblr.

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