This year’s ++SIX Summer SchoolSIX is the Social Innovation Exchange, the world’s primary network focusing on social innovation. This year’s program is organised in partnership with the Indian School of Design, the Lower Parel Innovation District, the Viahara Innovation Network and Okapi. Read more takes place in Mumbai, India from the 4th till the 6th of November. The ++ParticipantsRead more about this year’s participants here. come from more than 20 different countries across 6 continents, and bring a very diverse range of skills and experiences. Chris and Thijs will be amongst them experiencing an active and exciting program.
Mumbai is increasingly recognised as a hotbed of some of the most exciting urban innovations. With an exploding population, these innovations build on the civic consciousness and social infrastructures of Mumbai’s dense and dynamic neighbourhoods.
Across the world, everything is changing – the way we live, traditional roles in society, and the way we connect to one another. Recognising this, governments and policymakers are starting to design services with, instead of for people. Increasingly, ordinary citizens begin to see themselves as active agents shaping their own lives. This global shift is reflected in the rise of the sharing economy and the new ways citizens are accessing and using big and open data. Instead of a world in which things move top-down or bottom-up, they now move sideways, from people to people, peer to peer.
Technology is a key enablerHow can new ways of connecting make cities better for all? in these developments. It is reconfiguring relationships between businesses and consumers; amongst communities and between politicians and citizens. Consequently, we have to change old perceptions about the public, and alter established notions about policymaking. Many of our old assumptions have to be actively unlearned as technology enables citizens to lead and make new things happen in their cities.
This SIX Summer School is organised at a time when cities are struggling with this all over the world. We all recognise how new technologies can enhance what we do, but we also recognise the value of bottom-up, citizen-driven community initiatives. How can and should we all be adapting to the new possibilities that new technological and digital solutions can enable? There are pockets of innovation all over the world, but which models have been successful so far? What can we learn from citizen action efforts in India? How can the new ways of connecting, working and living make better cities for all?