Civil Sandbox

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“A building, that is reprogrammable, that has custom functions that are decided upon by the citizens, that incorporates the newest experimental social technologies to explore the fringes of our imaginations into where civilisation should be going.

Then, imagine one in every city. Imagine that each one has a brain (like a starship computer) that talks to each other and provides the citizens with amazingly detailed societal analytics. Oh, I did it again, I used two words that have not been used together very often or even at all!

Some people like imagining something new that they don’t understand. They will be the people who will want a Civil Sandbox. When people come together, there is an energy of new capacity generated. Exploring new ideas together, they will attempt to collectively create participation projects to involve people in their ideas of the future.

On the whole, the visitors to the event can concretely explore the big themes society is currently dealing with, participate in actions and explorations, enjoy art and music created by local and internationally invited people. A wide range of new technologies help to provide the backdrop for social events involving many new ideas and expressions from creative people.”

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  1. Nice description, but you went a strange way there saying that ppl who are not interested in vague and artistic wouldn’t like it, but none the less: in 10 years everybody will use it…?

  2. Also regarding the everyone will use it, I think it’s better to say that if it has the potential I AIM for, then yes – many people will use it to steer the direction of certain decisions being made in the bigger picture.

    I discussed a lot around public security and identity and i’ll write about that later on since it’s a heavier and deeper subject. It’s better we focus on the basics of what the building is and how it works before trying to understand how it can achieve these kinds of things.

  3. yes, it’s a practical “collective utopia” space

    What if there is an event or space where people go to be utopian?

    The old model for that is a temple, but this is more practical in terms of outcome – people go there to try their ideas, to create projects, to dream of a better future and to try and build it in some small way

    There are many new initiatives that try to move something forward in a better way, most of them are document based, heavily academicised or profit oriented.

    On the whole they create a flow which can influence society in many ways, just because they are even trying. To create a framework for Social profit is definitely Utopian, but is it impossible?

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