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EU leaders are too focused on the short term of upcoming elections and lack a strategic vision to give new impetus to European integration and better connect with citizens, said Valéry Giscard d’Estaing in an interview with EurActiv. Speaking on the margin of a conference on how to revitalise the European dream organised by French… » read more
Join the debate here ! Question 1: Will the European Citizens’ Initiative transform the European democratic life and reduce the widening ‘Democratic Gap’ between its citizens and decision-makers? “The European Citizens’ Initiative (ECI) will introduce a whole new form of participatory democracy to the EU. It is a major step forward in the democratic life… » read more
Elder people should be encouraged to remain active as long as they want to, and as long as their health state permits it.
I stumbled upon this site which is the project site of a group who are attempting to realise The Social Computer. I’m in the processing of contacting the right people in and around the project. http://thesocialcomputer.eu “The social computer is a future computational system that harnesses the innate problem solving, action and information gathering powers… » read more
This work is in the Public Domain. The whole project is about “tightening feedback loops” which is aiming to address the fundamental problems with the current world systems communism, capitalism, democracy, organisation etc. The majority of the problems are there because the feedback loops are slow and dumb so the bigger problems can not be… » read more
This work is in the Public Domain. I wrote this in January 2003 to try to describe the kinds of things you would see at a Social Computer building (a Civil Sandbox). The name Prototype comes from the name of the event we were proposing to explore the Social Computer. Please bear in mind that… » read more
Here’s the previous month’s analytics reports for this blog for those who are interested. uniquevisitors – geomap country – geomap city – lengthofvisit – depthofvisit – pageviews
This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/p__tQFLsN-Y” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] “I really like the idea that you can have an environment in which you can test technologies, products and see feedback and see a lot of things happen. You could see a lot of new things get developed, and innovations. Almost like… » read more
This work is in the Public Domain. [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/Nxq4q1UCvKM” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In 2002, Mathew Lowry was website manager for IST 2002. I think, although he was a science journalist for many years, this was the first time he was interviewed. I shouldn’t say interview because we talked most of the time haha.
[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/-WN4hnEuzsc” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] There are many projects we can bring together to create a Sandbox Festival, for example “A Symphony for All” that struck me as precisely the kind of project I would like to bring into the events. I feel that Merlijn’s work represents perfectly the notions that I am trying… » read more
[kml_flashembed movie=”http://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf” width=”320″ height=”346″ fvars=”m=881568;type=video” wmode=”transparent” /] I think a good event reminds people that there are new possibilities out there. It is warm and friendly and gives people a nice backdrop to meet new people and explore common interests or discover new ones. It is open to new ways of thinking and gives room… » read more
This work is in the Public Domain. “A building, that is reprogrammable, that has custom functions that are decided upon by the citizens, that incorporates the newest experimental social technologies to explore the fringes of our imaginations into where civilisation should be going. Then, imagine one in every city. Imagine that each one has a… » read more
[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/YYREeoGCmGQ” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In 2001 we were mostly busy with opening people up to new kinds of art form and expression. It is true, however, that most of our research is useful for other industries as it represents creativity towards approaching change. You could say that designing society is also an art… » read more
[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/af3Nu0d1M2Y” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This was the project that initially sparked the idea of a building with a very special function. This festival is the basic format I will use for the Sandbox festival which is a city wide experimental Civil Sandbox within an event. For me, this is the best way to… » read more