Scenarios for a Sustainable Information Society Strategy for the Mediterranean Region


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Policy Document for the EU ASIS Project, Conference "Towards a Sustainable Information Society for the 21st Century: Strategies, Research and Policy Actions", Brussels (BE), 22 February 2000

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Scenarios for a Sustainable Information Society Strategy for the Mediterranean Region

  1. 1. Scenarios for a Sustainable Information Society Strategy for the Mediterranean Region Jesse Marsh Atelier Studio Associato [email_address]
  2. 2. Globalisation <ul><li>Three main centres of power: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>USA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>European Union </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>South-East Asia </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sources of competitiveness in the global economy: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Systemic technological capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Access to a large, integrated, affluent market </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Differential between production costs and market prices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Political capacity to steer growth strategies </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The new international division of labor : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Producers of high value , based on informational labor ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Producers of high volume , based on lower-cost labor ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Producers of raw materials , based on natural endowments ; </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Redundant producers, reduced to devalued labor … </li></ul></ul>From Manuel Castells, “The Rise of the Network Society”
  3. 3. Technology Definitions from The American Heritage Dictionary, Microsoft Bookshelf 1. a. The application of science, especially to industrial or commercial objectives. B. The scientific method and material used to achieve a commercial or industrial objective. 2. Anthropology. The body of knowledge available to a civilization that is of use in fashioning implements, practicing manual arts and skills, and extracting or collecting materials. A humourous invention for a fork-pen that allows employees to work during lunch. A material object produced for an industrial objective (shipping wine), transformed by social practice.
  4. 4. Creativity of milieu From Charles Landry/Comedia, “Helsinki: Towards a Creative City, Seizing the Opportunity and Maximising Potential”
  5. 5. Sustainability
  6. 6. Cultures: Centrum CENTRUM
  7. 7. Cultures: Peripheria CENTRUM PERIPHERIA
  8. 8. Cultures: Mediterranea CENTRUM PERIPHERIA MEDITERRANEA
  9. 9. Creativities
  10. 10. An example: tourism <ul><li>What are people buying from other people? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>In relation to sustainable well-being, in increasing order of local added value and not considering getting there... </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nice pictures of the natives </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Redundant producers, reduced to devalued labour” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A week on the beach </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Producers of raw materials, based on natural endowments” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cheap carpets, ceramics, etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Producers of high volume, based on lower-cost labour” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New knowledge about other cultures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Producers of high value, based on informational labour” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 11. Knowledge Economies KNOWLEDGE PRODUCTION KNOWLEDGE “ MINING” CENTRUM PERIPHERIA MEDITERRANEA Metaphor: patents per year of T. A. Edison Metaphor: mining gold in the Mekong river Raw Material: Capital Resources Raw Material: Cultural Resources Transforming “embedded knowledge” into global niche market products Creating “new knowledge” for global mass market products
  12. 12. Policy directions <ul><li>The promotion of open local networks which can interlink different types of actors </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Political capacity to steer growth strategies” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Emphasize cultural added value rather than lower cost of labour </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Differential between production costs and market prices” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Integration of electronic commerce and international networks with local realities </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Access to a large, integrated, affluent market” </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Diffusion of media and communicational competence for bottom-up empowerment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>“ Systemic technological capacity” </li></ul></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Enabling trends <ul><li>INFORMATION  COMMUNICATION </li></ul><ul><li>PRODUCT  PROCESS </li></ul><ul><li>SECTORIAL  INTEGRATED </li></ul><ul><li>HOMOGENEITY  MOLTEPLICITY </li></ul><ul><li>LINEAR  CYCLICAL </li></ul><ul><li>COORDINATION  ANIMATION </li></ul><ul><li>EVOLUTION  RUPTURE </li></ul>