My post the other day on the gaps in thinking on resilience was motivated by an effort to pull together some threads from this literature, social media and transparency, public health 2.0 and urban planning 2.0 to help rethink innovative approaches to the Healthy Cities and Communities movement. This was a movement that began in the 1980s to bring together urban planning, public health and grassroots movements to improve health in cities and regions. Joe Flower has an excellent, but somewhat dated overview of the approach and resources here and the Center for Civic Partnerships has a lot of useful resources as well. One can also find some interesting examples of “participatory budgeting” used by municipalities around the world prior to the social media ‘revolution’ we’re witnessing today.
In the last year there has been a tremendous amount of innovative work around mobilizing social media and mobiles to open up city planning, opportunity mapping, smart grids, green cities, policy design, open data, and what I called “open health” (building on the work of the UK Design Council’s RED Project by the same name). I also think the idea that “Villes 2.0” has of the city as an open innovation platform could be an organizing theme to structure Healthy Cities 2.0 interventions around. I’d like to look at locative media and learn more from my colleague Andrea Saveri on open education and learning practices as well.
Here are some examples that we could potentially build on to rethink Healthy Cities in the so-called Network Society:
Vancouver’s open city concept
eParticipation in the EU
The Open Planning Project
via air roots, “Singular Text, Many Authors: User-Generated Urban Plans”
Michel Bauwen’s P2P Urbanism tags
Open Data is Civic Capital
Open Data Principles
The Where Project
And there are many more examples that I’ll be blogging about as we develop our thinking.