Am I leading?

The Internet of Things, pervasive computing, ubicomp, and ambient intelligence, not one of these terms can inspire broad enthusiasm to change practices, relationships, or world views that inform how we are living our everyday lives. The terms are too technical.To be efficient, to optimize is necessary to better control our resources (about 50% of all food globally is wasted), but it is not able to relate to everyday life, our families, our love for our children and relatives, the inexplicable explosion of emotion when your favorite team scores that goal.

We see three main trends.

From Innovation to Maintenance. Innovation is a moment, not a process. People in cities need to see potholes repaired not more Uber services. AirBnB will not pay for social housing.

From Cradle to Cradle to Circular Economy. The European Commission adopted an ambitious Circular Economy Package, which includes revised legislative proposals on waste to stimulate Europe's transition towards a circular economy which will boost global competitiveness, foster sustainable economic growth and generate new jobs.

This report establishes that the interplay between the value drivers of a circular economy, which aims to keep products and materials at their highest value at all times, and those generated by a network of intelligent assets (or Internet of Things), presents significant opportunities for almost every part of society. link

From services to system thinking. Cities need to take agency and leadership in the digital transition. They need to build a single cloud (connecting all EU cities) and own their own infrastructure. In this presentation to Minister of Smart Nation Vivian Barakhrishan (Singapore) a possible trajectory is sketched.

Council is the largest independent thinktank on #IoT, founded in 2009, long before the hype. Membership is free. We have a mailinglist where latest trends are always found first. mail


See also: The Barcelona Digital City 2017-2020 plan is the city's roadmap to drive technological sovereignty for citizens. It aims to promote a more pluralistic digital economy and make a new urban innovation model possible based on the transfor-mation and digital innovation of the public sector and the involvement of companies, administrations, the academic world, organizations, communities and people, with a public and citizen-based leadership.

Technology behind social transformation and public innovation.
Towards a more open and efficient city.


Looking for good practice?

Digital social innovation (DSI) covers a range of areas, from providing tools to improve democratic processes to helping citizens measure pollution in their local environment, and from crowdfunding community projects to creating platforms to scrutinise public spending.

Here you can look through projects which digital social innovators across Europe have submitted to the website. You can filter them by the four categories of digital social innovation which we have identified: Open hardware, Open networks, Open data and Open knowledge.