A video about our participation to Societing.
Just out in January 2012: “Societing Reloaded“. Available in all major online and offline bookstores.
Curated by Alex Giordano and Adam Arvidsson, it features contributions by, Bernard Cova, Carolina Bandinelli, Barret Stanboulian, John Grant, Massimo Menichinelli, Salvatore Iaconesi, Oriana Persico, Anna Cossetta, Michel Bauwens, Vincenzo Moretti, Bertram M. Niessen, Riccardo Maiolini, Irene Smargiassi, Francesca Buttara, Jaromil.
Freely translated from the introduction:
“Economy is in crisis, both in Italy and in the rest of the world. The system has to radically change to survive. The biggest problem is not in the lack of ideas (which are abundant on the Net) or in the lack of practical proposals (for technological innovation is so fast), and neither in the lack of people who are willing to enact change (young managers and leaders are rapidly changing their values, dedicating themselves to societal issues). What is missing is a new organizational model: a new philosophy for enterprises which is able to capitalize resources and give them a new direction. This is Societing. Cova and Fabris have already shown how modern marketing – the one dedicated to achieving mass sales – is a thing of the past. The authors of this book assert how consumers are becoming progressively more producers, and describe the ways in which they are transforming commodities in one of many possible types of means of production. Reality is way more radical: Societing has to be reset (reloaded) with new meanings and to investigate the present to escape a crisis which has no future.”
We at AOS have contributed a chapter about the emergence of ubiquitous, peer-to-peer, forms of intelligence in the city, and on its effects and transformations on how people learn, work, express, collaborate, communicate, relate and perceive their environment: the co-creation of the city.
S. Iaconesi, O. Persico (2013). Societing and the Co-Creation of the City. in A. Giordano (ed.), A. Arvidsson (ed), “Societing Reloaded”. Milan, Italy: Egea. ISBN/EAN: 9788823833401
Lately we’ve teamed up with an impressive series of partners to investigate on the future of our cities.
On May 2nd – 4th we will be in Berlin for re:publica to gather up and summarize our efforts so far.
Re:publica represents an enormous convergence of individuals and organizations who are dedicating their efforts to the conceptualization and enactment of innovative scenarios for humanity, with specific focus on urban contexts, as the locations in which most part of the destinies of our territories and populations are shaped and put into action. And, accordingly, Action! is the slogan of the 2012 edition of Re:publica.
We will participate to two sections of the event:
In the panel SMART CITIES : (IN) VISIBLE CITIES we will discuss about the emergence of novel visions for the cities of our present and future.
“How could urban media as temporary communication platform facilitate the exchange between citizens to support the diversity of a city? How can we use the networked infrastructures for the shaping of a socio-cultural urban development? Due to our understanding of the human as crucial reference point for our future cities, the citizen centric model will be a key topic in this session.”
Then, in the roundtable URBAN MEDIA LOUNGE, organised with the kind support of Enterprise Europe Network Berlin-Brandenburg, we will join the project European Urban Media Network for Connecting Cities, a research on three visions for the city of the future: the Participatory City, analysing the communicative potential for community-building through urban media, the Visible City fostering a city that is intelligent, efficient and sustainable and the Networked City. (initiator: Public Art Lab, 2012 – 2016)
The Lounge will also host the launch of the publication Urban Media Cultures (release: April 2012, avedition).
In the roundtable we will present the initial concepts of the Living Cities project, a massive initiative that we initiated with an impressive list of partners to design and implement novel scenarios of the creation of participatory practices for city and community development in cities, focused on P2P models, participatory governance, digital inclusion policies and a high level of attention to the scenarios of diversity and multiculturalism, to create wellness, richness and opportunities in urban contexts. The project has not yet been disclosed, and will be officially presented at the event.
Is it possible to imagine ways to use ubiquitous technologies and the emergent narratives which take place on social networks to design cities using co-creation practices?
On May 7th – 9th we will be in Florence at the ECLAP 2012 Conference on Information Technologies for Performing Arts, Media Access and Entertainment to discuss these issues.
We will participate with a paper and a research contribution in which we explore our most recent projects on the themes of Urban Sensing, Citizen Science, P2P Urbanism, and on novel ideas for the design of smart cities, more focused on the idea of human collaboration and relation than the “classical”, data-focused visions of smart cities.
Here below is the abstract of our intervention:
“Is it possible to imagine novel forms of urban planning and of public policies regulating the ways in which people use city spaces by listening to citizens’ expressions, emotions, desires and visions, as they ubiquitously emerge in real-time on social networks and on other sources of digital information?
This paper presents the theoretical and methodological approach, the investigation and research phases, the design and prototyping processes constituting the ConnectiCity initiative, a collaborative, multi-disciplinary series of projects in which artists, scientists, anthropologists, engineers, communicators, architects and institutions participated to the design of innovative ubiquitous and pervasive systems which were able to transform the ways in which the concepts of urban planning and city-wide decision-making are defined. Novel forms of urban life were imagined, in which cities became the time/space continuum for multiple, stratified layers of information expressing the ideas, goals, visions, emotions and forms of expression for multiple cultures and backgrounds, producing new opportunities for citizenship: more active, aware and engaged in the production of urban reality, and in the transformation of city spaces into possibilistic frameworks.”
A provisional programme of the ECLAP 2012 conference is available at the following link: