- Bernd Fesel
Deputy Director, European Centre for Creative Economy - ECCE
Your Future: Cities - Maker or Solution of Crisis?
City and urbanism is at the heart of the founding myth of democracy: of course they provide freedom of social control and space for individualism and at the same time breeding ground for economic growth. But of course they account also for the major problems and frictions in democracy - from poverty ranging to social war and climate pollution. Cities produce also dangers to our future.
While city and urban planning was the domain of policy makers and specialists for decades, the digital shift leads in the last two years to a power drift in the city - in advantage to the residents and locals. This reaches from bike sharing models via facebook to voter protest against large infrastructure investment like railroad-renewals in Germany – also via facebook. Apps for Democracy shows the new digital city evolving - www.appsfordemocracy.org.
The CITY FUTURE will be USER-DRIVEN in a way WE CAN NOT IMAGE NOW.
So it is time to ask the user what they want from a city attractive to them in the future, from a city being of daily support in bettering our lives. Please PARTICIPATE and
1. name three services and benefits that are most important to you.
2. name three disadvantages that are most important to you.
Your answers will add to a GLOBAL DEBATE about the future of cities - see for example:
- PICNIC 2011, Amsterdam - www.picnicnetwork.org
- Forum Avignon 2011, Avignon - www.forum-avignon.org
- Expo Shanghai 2010, Shanghai - Columne by Charles Landry on "Better City - Better Life" - http://bit.ly/nuNFEe
Only when cities generate more value than crisis, only when they are a model for YOUR AND OUR FUTURE, they will survive as the spacial model of our lives.
Let us build our future cities starting at TED !