OrganiCity, as a project, is underpinned by a series of principles. We believe our cities should be built around these principles too, so we encourage our experimenters and participants to embody these principles themselves.
We experiment with a critical mindset and evaluate results. It takes a daring spirit to release new ideas, and humility to continue when things don’t turn out as expected – but it’s worth the effort to gather valuable insights and results.
You can see some of these learnings in the Journey section. Since we are involving people in ideas (which are not fully tested), we need to clearly communicate that they should expect to encounter drawbacks and failures; but that it’s only through their involvement that we can improve.
We expect experimenters to co-create their work too, ensuring that their innovations deal with real local issues and are built with a collaborative approach. Having people with different skills and perspective at the core of innovation ensures that we future-proof our solutions – everyone is invested in producing a positive impact, so they become the best critics of the process of how that is achieved.
Instead of creating information overload, we try to select the right time and message to keep people on the same page along the journey. We write in the same tone as if we were speaking with a friend. We are building relationships with a very wide variety of people, so it’s essential that we ensure that what we explain is easy to understand for everyone – avoiding acronyms and jargon and explaining complex words.
As technologies evolve, they tend to leave many people behind. Given OrganiCity is in the early stages of development, we expect that most of our users will be technology enthusiast or advanced users. However, we have framed our development so that people from different backgrounds and skills can join. For example, we encourage collaborations to allow data scientists to work with communities and help them achieve impact. Likewise, we try to create processes with a low threshold and invest resources in taking users by the hand.
Experiment: Testing an idea at a small scale through various methods (including data and technology) to tackle a specific urban challenge.