Near Future Design and Ubiquitous Commons at Wired NextFest

Join us in Milan for Wired’s NextFest.

Art is Open Source, Nefula and Ubiquitous Commons will be there for an exploration on the implications of technologies and networks on our near-future lives.

On May 24th at 10:30 in the Giardini Porta Venezia Nefula will hold a Near Future Design workshop. This 6 hours long, hands-on, full immersion workshop will allow all the participants to move through the tensions and conflicts of the present, to imagine and design possibilistic future concepts, which will be designed as complex transmedia narratives.

The workshop will be held by Nefula’s Oriana Persico, Salvatore Iaconesi, Tommaso Cappelletti, Alice Meniconi and Mirko Balducci.

Access to the workshop is open: register here and come early if you want to make sure to join in.

On May 23rd at 11:30 at the WNF Audi Dome we will hold a talk and conversation about the Ubiquitous Commons: the commons in the era of ubiquitous technologies.

We will present the Ubiquitous Commons project, introduce the technological and legal toolkits which we are preparing, together with a wide network of researchers, lawyers, hackers, institutions and organizations, to re-appropriate our data and create positive, constructive processes for its sharing and common management.

This will be a talk, but also (and most important) a conversation. Everyone is invited to browse through the documentation and information about the Ubiquitous Commons, and to participate actively to the conversation.

All the events are found within the main area of the Wired NextFest festival, in the Giardini Indro Montanelli, Corso Venezia, 55, in Milan (take the underground MM Palestro stop). See a map here.

Festival dell’Innovazione: in Bari with Human Ecosystems and Nefula

Join us in Bari on May 21-23 2015 for the “Festival dell’Innovazione” together with Art is Open Source, Human Ecosystems, Nefula and ISIA, for a workshop on the Human Ecosystems and a Human Ecosystems installation about the real-time digital life of Bari.

The Human Ecosystems Lab will be a hands-on experience, and will give everyone the tools and knowledge to observe the public digital life of their city, and to use it for citizen activation and participation, to create generative artworks, designs, services and peer-to-peer emergent dynamics in the city. On Thursday 21st, from 9:30am to 6:30pm, at Fortino S. Antonio in Bari. Register Here.

The HE/BA (Human Ecosystems Bari) installation will feature interactive information visualizations which will show the real-time public life of the city of Bari, with all its locations, places, discussions, relations, voices all shown in real-time. From May 21st to May 23rd, from 9:00am to 8:00pm, at the Teatro Margherita in Bari.

Playing with Data: Ubiquitous Commons at King’s College in London

Come with us on June 3rd for a performative, full day workshop at King’s College in London in which we will experiment just how much data we generate as human beings, citizens and members of communities.

Register here!

Using the Human Ecosystems we will learn how to use this data in useful, positive and ethical ways, and how to regain control in deciding how this data should be used, through the Ubiquitous Commons.

These are the details for the workshop:

Workshop title: “Playing with Data in the Ubiquitous Commons”

Held by: Salvatore Iaconesi  and Oriana Persico

When: 3 June 2015 – 10:00-18:00

Where: King’s College London (Strand)

Playing with Data in the Ubiquitous Commons is a  day-long performative workshop using Human Ecosystems–a series of technologies are combined to harvest and analyse public data. We will explore our collective data to gain insight on the flows of communication, information, knowledge exchange, and of the patterns for emotional contagion. Together participants will use techniques such as Natural Language Analysis, Geo-referencing, Machine Learning, Network Analysis, and various Computational Sociology techniques to gather information about the communities in the city, including the places, locations, times, topics, emotions, opinions which they express, and the social architectures which they describe. Outputs will range from a series of research insights; interactive visualizations or installations; game concepts to be enacted with different communities; models for community engagement, and their testing through playful modalities; the description and enactment of meaningful urban rituals which promote public, inclusive collaboration and participation to city life under one or more issues.

The workshop is an interdisciplinary, critical and playful approach to our material assemblages as data-subjects; that is, our ubiquitous data and information generation, which express relations, emotions, locations, opinions, behaviours and the potential inferences therein. Participants will collectively explore the data and present insights. People of all levels of technological expertise are warmly welcome.

Salvatore Iaconesi is an interaction designer, robotics engineer, artist, hacker. TED Fellow 2012, Eisenhower Fellow since 2013 and Yale World Fellow 2014.

Oriana Persico holds a degree in Communication Sciences, is an expert in participatory policies and digital inclusion. She is an artist and writer and she currently teach Digital Design at ISIA Design Florence.

Register here!

“Iperconnessioni Rurali”: hyper-connectivity in rural space

Join us in Calvanico in Italy from April 12 to 14 2015 together with the Rural Hub who made this possible, for an intensive workshop in which we will learn to use social networks to create hyper-connective human dynamics and relations, to promote wide, inclusive participatory and collaborative actions in rural space.

View the program online on Rural Hub’s website.

View additional information about the workshop.

IperConnessioni Rurali, the workshop

IperConnessioni Rurali, the workshop

How can we use network theories – and all of the things we have learned from Netnography and from social networks – to create participatory and collaborative processes whose aim is to build social conscience and activism in cities and in rural areas?

We will find out by using the tools and solutions available in the Human Ecosystems and Ubiquitous Commons projects during the 3 intensive days of workshop held by Oriana Persico and Salvatore Iaconesi from Art is Open Source, and by Alex Giordano, co-director of the Centro Studi Etnografia Digitale, in the mediterranean scenario of the Rural Hub in Calvanico.

IperConnessioni Rurali

IperConnessioni Rurali

Human Ecosystems is a project which is running in multiple cities across the world (Rome, Berlin, Sao Paulo, New Haven, Montreal) to gain better understandings about the relational ecosystems of territories by harvesting opinions, emotions and relations among people in real-time: the dynamic relational architecture of communities and local cultures.

This information, published under the form of accessible Open Data, become part of an inclusive education process in which citizens of every age, designers, researchers, entrepreneurs, public administrators, artists and activists can understand how to use them to create peer-to-peer organizational models, shared decision making processes, collaborative initiatives, social conscience, new services and products, artworks and more.

The project began in cities, using the information spontaneously produced on social networks, and has also been experimented in rural areas and small towns (like Castrignano de’ Greci, in Apulia), using different modalities, Describing what has been called P2P Ethnography.

Ubiquitous Commons is the corollary and necessary complement for all of this. Created by an international network of researchers and activists, the project is designing a legal and technological toolkit which allows people and communities to decide how to use the data and information they produce every day, for example on social networks and in the scenario of the Internet of Things.

At IperConnessioni Rurali (Rural Hyper-Connections) we will work on all of these concepts, theories, data, software, visualizations, social graphs, and flows of information and knowledge in the relational ecosystem of the territory, to understand how to design and implement participatory, inclusive models in rural areas and in small country towns, creating prototypes and application examples.

An opportunity to reflect of the approaches and tools of smart rurality, as enablers of communities.

Understand: a new simple app, and some source code

Understand is a new simple smartphone application in which we publish a magazine entirely made of abstracts of great articles on the web.

It is also an easy way to create a magazine on smartphones using a WordPress Blog, with full source code available.

Here you can find the Understand on the Apple Store for iPhone and iPad.

Note: Please download it! we publish our favourite articles on it, and we also get a few coins from the advertisements, so that we can keep on doing beautiful things. :)

And here is the full source code for it, on GitHub: Understand on GitHub

You are free to download it and re-use it as you see fit. (For example, we are using it with our students to create a magazine).

Please read the instructions on the GitHub page, let us know if you do something with it, and feel free to participate!