The Knowledge Compass is a curated and private online space for project teams at municipalities, knowledge institutions and corporations that work on Smart City challenges. more
Crowd-sourcing of new insights. We activate the collective intelligence of citizens and make transparent what they think the city’s strengths, opportunities and weaknesses are.
Co-creation sessions in which participants work together to develop solutions to city problems. Includes expert guidance, visual presentation of outcomes and realization strategy.
With our network of urban innovation experts we develop custom city concepts and implement projects from initiation to launch. We assemble the right expertise for each city challenge.
As we’ve entered the age in which the majority of people live in cities, we are as a result also faced with our generation’s biggest challenges. Challenges that impact the livability and resilience of our cities and have raised the urgency of cities to become Smart Cities. New innovations and technologies are continuously explored to find breakthroughs in areas such as mobility, energy, health, education and social cohesion. Municipalities work together with academia, (creative) industry and sme’s to shape the landscape of the future city.
Many traditional systems have broken down the last 5 years and new ones have emerged. We have moved to the era of open data, crowd-funding, sharing economies, quantified self and personal fabrication. The time of the Smart Citizen is upon us: people self-organize, create new services and products (online) and find new ways of distribution and sharing information. They are certainly not just consumers.
One of the essential ingredients of Smart Cities is civic participation. Nowadays citizens are often excluded from the decision making process. They often feel unheard, not even facilitated to contribute. When asked to share their opinion, they tend to answer that their contribution will not have any impact anyway. Never forget: citizens are professionals, intrinsically motivated to help their city and need to adopt new solutions in the end anyway. To come to successful smart solutions, cities need to harness the creative power of their people.
Cities Next is an agency for civic innovation design. A global network of urban innovation experts. We design projects and tools that empower citizens to co-create Smart City scenarios. We make citizens explicit stakeholders by connecting their creativity to the real-life challenges of their city and supporting the dialogue with city officials and companies that develop for smarter cities.
Ronald is an urban innovation expert & entrepreneur with a focus on mobile.
Daniela is an educated media strategist, culturepreneur, futurologist and founder of Cows in Jackets.
Janina is an illustrator and graphic & interaction designer based in Vienna, Austria. more
Marco is Research Principal Urban Futures 2011 – 2014 for Philips Lighting EMEA. more
Do you have an urgent challenge in your city that you would like to solve through co-creation with citizens? Let us know!
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