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Smart Citizens Making Sense

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A rapidly growing number of Smart Citizens take the future of the cities in which they live, work and play into their own hands. This takes knowledge, stamina, and access to networks of likeminded people. A large number of labs – like Fab Labs, Wet Labs, Maker Spaces and Code Clubs - are the places where this is happening at an increasingly massive scale. Their protagonists are artists, scientists and hackers, together cracking the code of hardware, software and wetware, coming up with new ideas and developing meaningful applications. In doing so, they gain a deeper understanding of the issues and forces that shape our world, and become (once again) the makers of change that our societies dearly need.

Presentation delivered at the Joint Research Center on April 9th.

Smart Citizens Making Sense

  1. 1. Smart Citizens Making Sense Frank Kresin Research Director @kresin / frank@waag.org
  2. 2. Smart Appliances
  3. 3. Smart Assistants http://www.pixedge.com/lastmoment
  4. 4. Smart Cities
  5. 5. Smart Citizens
  6. 6. Smart Citizens • Will take responsibility for the place they live, work and love in • Value access over ownership, contribution over power • Will ask forgiveness, not permission • Know where they can get the tools, knowledge and support • Value empathy, dialogue and trust • Appropriate technology, rather than accept it as is • Will help the people that struggle with smart stuff • Ask questions, before they come up with answers • Take part in design efforts to come up with better solutions • Work agile, prototype early, test quickly, start all over • Will not stop in the face of huge barriers • Continuously share their knowledge and their learning http://waag.org/nl/blog/manifesto-smart-citizens
  7. 7. Agency
  8. 8. • Institute for Art, Science & Technology • Since 1994, 63 Staff, based in Amsterdam • Artistic Research, Critical Design &
 Social Innovation • Exploring emergent technologies & opening them up Waag Society http://www.waag.org/
  9. 9. Creative
 Care Creative
 Learning Future
 Heritage Future
 Internet Open
 Design Open
 Wetlab Research Labs
  10. 10. Code = Culture
  11. 11. http://www.techshop.ws/TheMakerMovementManifesto.html
  12. 12. Critical Engineering Manifesto 1. Critical Engineer considers Engineering to be the most transformative language of our time, shaping the way we move, communicate and think. It is the work of the Critical Engineer to study and exploit this language, exposing its influence.
 2. The Critical Engineer considers any technology depended upon to be both a challenge and a threat. The greater the dependence on a technology the greater the need to study and expose its inner workings, regardless of ownership or legal provision.
 3. The Critical Engineer raises awareness that with each technological advance our techno- political literacy is challenged.
 4. The Critical Engineer deconstructs and incites suspicion of rich user experiences.
 5. The Critical Engineer looks beyond the 'awe of implementation' to determine methods of influence and their specific effects.
 6. The Critical Engineer recognizes that each work of engineering engineers its user, proportional to that user's dependency upon it. https://criticalengineering.org/
  13. 13. Fablabs, Wetlabs, Maker Spaces http://fablab.waag.org & https://waag.org/en/lab/open-wetlab
  14. 14. More than just Spaces Laboratory Workshops Exhibitions Performances Waag Society - CC-BY-SA 3.0
  15. 15. Urban Environmental Challenges
  16. 16. http://www.eea.europa.eu/media/newsreleases/air-pollution-still-causing-harm
  17. 17. Official Measurement Stations
  18. 18. National Measurement Network http://www.lml.rivm.nl/meetnet/index.php
  19. 19. IAAC Smart Citizen Team https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R90fsItpzT4
  20. 20. https://smartcitizen.me Smart Citizen Kit
  21. 21. Participation Environment Technology
  22. 22. https://smartcitizen.me
  23. 23. Visualisations http://waag.org/en/project/smart-citizen-kit
  24. 24. Lessons Learned • Thorough issue mapping is needed • From sensing to action is challenging • Sensors need improvement • However, this is not about accuracy • Citizens love it http://waag.org/sites/waag/files/public/media/publicaties/eindrapportage-sck-asd.pdf
  25. 25. Smart Citizens Lab https://waag.org/en/project/amsterdam-smart-citizens-lab
  26. 26. SenseMakers Amsterdam
  27. 27. Empower people to: • Acquire, Read & Manipulate Data • Understand their environment • Turn data and insight into action • Using public networks of low cost, open source sensors
  28. 28. Resulting in:
 • Better informed, more engaged citizens • Impactful dialogues between citizens and governments • More data, more insight, better policies • More enjoyable, social, inclusive, healthy & livable cities
  29. 29. Methods https://publiclab.org/
  30. 30. From Needs to Knowledge A reference framework for smart citizens initiatives 1 AMSTERDAM SMART CITIZENS LAB LAURENCE HENRIQUEZ NATASHA DE SENAFRANK KRESIN TOWARDS COMMUNITY DRIVEN DATA COLLECTION A PUBLICATION BY WAAG SOCIETY & AMS INSTITUTE author editor editor https://waag.org/en/news/amsterdam-smart-citizens-lab-publication
  31. 31. https://www.waag.org/en/project/making-sense
  32. 32. How to join?
  33. 33. How open are you? 1. Problem Definition 2. Research Strategy 3. Tools & Sensors 4. Data Acquisition 5. Interpretation
  34. 34. Labs (Fab-, Maker, Wet-, Citizen)
  35. 35. Use & Promote Open Technologies
  36. 36. Enable Collective Engagement
  37. 37. Empower
 Smart Citizens
  38. 38. THE OLD WAY TOP DOWN DECISION MAKING
 LINEAR APPROACH
 REDUCING COMPLEXITY
 MINIMIZING UNCERTAINTY STIFLING INNOVATION
  39. 39. THE NEW WAY BOTTOM UP DECISION MAKING NON-LINEAR APPROACH ENCOURAGING COMPLEXITY EMBRACING UNCERTAINTY ENABLE & BOOST CREATIVITY
  40. 40. Sint Antoniesbreestraat 69 1011 HB Amsterdam waag.org / info@waag.org Frank Kresin Research Director @kresin / frank@waag.org

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