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thesocialcomputer.eu

I stumbled upon this site which is the project site of a group who are attempting to realise The Social Computer. I’m in the processing of contacting the right people in and around the project. http://thesocialcomputer.eu “The social computer is a future computational system that harnesses the innate problem solving, action and information gathering powers… » read more

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“We are building society in a box simulations with art, music and other exciting but concrete ways of getting people active.” “I think entrepreneurs of today are challenged by bridging the evolution out of industrial thinking. No more copy and paste, assembly lines and repetitive tasks.” You can download the full pdf using this link… » read more

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Quick update

Just a quick update after a long period of inactivity (on the blog, not in general!). We are now developing the Sandbox Festival. An annual, travelling, city-level prototype Civil Sandbox event. First prototype pencilled in for 2010 in Groningen, in north Holland. 1 We have a physical space where we are building a community to… » read more

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/-WN4hnEuzsc” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] There are many projects we can bring together to create a Sandbox Festival, for example “A Symphony for All” that struck me as precisely the kind of project I would like to bring into the events. I feel that Merlijn’s work represents perfectly the notions that I am trying… » read more

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Playful experiments

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://lads.myspace.com/videos/vplayer.swf” width=”320″ height=”346″ fvars=”m=881568;type=video” wmode=”transparent” /] I think a good event reminds people that there are new possibilities out there. It is warm and friendly and gives people a nice backdrop to meet new people and explore common interests or discover new ones. It is open to new ways of thinking and gives room… » read more

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This work is in the Public Domain. “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… » read more

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/YYREeoGCmGQ” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] In 2001 we were mostly busy with opening people up to new kinds of art form and expression. It is true, however, that most of our research is useful for other industries as it represents creativity towards approaching change. You could say that designing society is also an art… » read more

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[kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/af3Nu0d1M2Y” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] This was the project that initially sparked the idea of a building with a very special function. This festival is the basic format I will use for the Sandbox festival which is a city wide experimental Civil Sandbox within an event. For me, this is the best way to… » read more

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http://www.project10tothe100.com/index.html [kml_flashembed movie=”http://uk.youtube.com/v/M1Mbi-lH0Qg” width=”320″ height=”350″ wmode=”transparent” /] What one sentence best describes your idea? A new kind of city building that serves as a risk-free, continous city-improvement platform for big ideas. Describe your idea in more depth. (maximum 300 words) The Civil Sandbox is a name for a new kind of building. The building is… » read more

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