Sharing Cities participation failure: The Digital Gap.

Truly Smart Cities, Sharing cities will be the ones using technology for building a new common decision cloud.

We all know that humans tend to collaborate. What we use to forget is that cities were, by its very basis, born to be shared. We daily share services, spaces, infrastructures, goods…

Our present and future cities are being develop as giant networks of physical and psychological relationships technology driven.

IoT growth is, and will be, exponential during the next years. SO we should be very careful about how we guide this new intensive relationship between citizens, data and sharing culture.

Sharing Economies have started to fight strong with several number of start-ups for crowd sourcing an also for crowd lending.

Shared decision making is also starting to be accepted despite being used nowadays just as a citizen’s “interest report” for the town Hall decision making processes and not a real tool for management and real-time decision making.

What is not so commonly understood is that sharing as a citizen means not only sharing spaces or transaction but also experiences and skills.

We are natural sharers but nowadays reports of participation failures in some of the first experiments of this decision making processes is opening a wide new question:

If we are natural sharers why we are failing in participation in open processes?

Anonymity can be a clue, but also the lack of results in a human life time duration can influence.

On the other hand, just citizens that understand the kind of implications this type of decision-making will have in their lives are currently enrolled.

How can we make citizens understand that, despite not maybe in a short-term, changes and improvements in the built environment the city, will influence their daily routines?

Also, studies to date have just have samples of individuals with not the enough variety in age, race, or social condition.

The main problem for sharing Cities is the Digital Gap.

We use to forget that technology access is nowadays just currently possible for some clusters of societies in cities and some cities well located in the world.

Prof. Pasel from the TU Berlin has been working for the last years on solving the Digital Gap in 3rd world cities. Using South American mid-size cities, Pasel has started a series of experiments for social inclusion of all layers of society in the future shared city decision-making process. His project in Temuco for collaborative slum design decision making is a good example of a Shared City without technology being an obstacle for lower classes.

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