I just submitted a proposal for a session at the re:publica 15 conference being held in Berlin from May 5-7. If you are interested in speaking contact me and let’s talk about the idea. Here’s my session idea:
The session will focus on how information technology can be used to help improve public participation in city planning and operations (i.e., city services for day-to-day life). The emphasis is on using technology to help people identify, discuss and decide rather than delegating more and more city services to automatic black-box type smart city applications. In other words people working with technology to create a smart city, not technology replacing people.
The session will consist of four presentations describing (1) frameworks for using information technology in the public involvement process; (2) case studies of cities using information technology applications in public involvement; (3) descriptions of specific public participation applications; and, (4) identifying new applications and functions for improving public participation (with the involvement of audience members).
The first three presentations will touch upon all four of these elements. The last presentation will focus on the fourth element and challenge the attendees to think about new ideas for public participation and how they could be used. Then the session will open-up to consist of a discussion of ideas.