Nat's view... everyone should read (or at least scan) the open innovation material here. a massive and comprehensive overview of how new forms of technology, interaction, expectation and demand, purchasing, community and movement are all moving dynamically to alter the way we as a species use objects, converse, access knowledge, make decisions and affect each other. the irony, in a sense, is that of course all this change is revealing is that this 'New way' of doing all these things is simply the old, fundamental and more instinctive way, given new clothes and tools and relaunched as a 'New human behavior' brand. it is what we like to think of as the traditional model of exchange, communication and interaction which is both new and complicated. these models of exchange and interaction and influence, which are rooted in the models of structure that arose with the nation state, the mercantile system (then capitalism as we know it), and the industrial revolution, were the 'best fits' then. they were the best way to apply influence, move goods, produce essentials. but they are not the old models. the real old models are those that are natural and intuitive. that allow free movement, choice, and action. and as the technology and communities of technology that are accreting around our buying, production, conversation, and even power centres make it easier for individual choice and action to be seen, understood and shared, the way we make things, get things, share things, and decide to act on ideas is becoming more dynamically democratic, hypervisibe, and instantly effective. this means in a nutshell that as technology and behavior enables us to behave and decide and select more like we did when we lived in trees (but now on a global, viral scale and speed) we see creating a 'new old' order for economics ( from online commerce to kickstarting) production (interactive supply chains, lean production, 3d printing) and perhaps even citizen / state interaction. the old models we see cited all the time are just new models that had their day. they are no longer the most effective and efficient ways to talk, decide, access, produce, and obtain. we need to see the debate between these models in this light. this document sheds empirical light on how this subtext is becoming more prevalent and how it's affecting states and post industrial economics in Europe. perhaps we need to look wider and deeper however and think about how to create more effective hybrids of 19th/20th c models and these more intuitive and 'basic' modes of exchange in a hyperdemocratised world of rapid choice. how does this apply to cities? well how does it not? cities are a unique human construction (ignoring anthills for the mo) and perhaps also need to be examined for their validity as models in this world of different, more human centered production and community ideas. the coming decades will.decide if cities, like production, economics and states, are still relevant and how they must change form, become more flexible and adaptive, to cope with far more people, dynamic expectations, and flexible action in human communities.
Via Nat Sones