New technology enables collective thinking and acting in a transdisciplinary manner. Flexibility, networking, real-time information and utility, rather than possession, are impulses consumers learn in the virtual world of ICT and expect action in the physical one. The use of new technology can change the way people consume, produce and relate to each other. This development accelerates with the growing group of Generation Z who are used to curating information online at a rapid pace, sharing thoughts and observations on a variety of machines, topics and products.
New paradigm is “possession vs usage”.
I am of the generation where one thrived to possess things. A one to one relationship. My car. My book. My … whatever. The object is in my possession until the end of its live cycle and then it is my problem to dump it. This one-way-, or silo-mentality perfectly fits the sort of old-fashioned structures in city authorities. There is an administrative office for every segment. Collecting data within each silo. Providing segmented data in a one on one relation for passive use. City is the sender. Like in the Web 1-0. Uni-directional, in a one on one or one to many relationship. Fostering silo-mentality.
The principle of “usage” however expands the number of participants. Transferred to cities this means information changes from single to multi purpose. And using an object or data only in a fragment of its live cycle. By making data accessible (e.g. open data) citizens even have the possibility to actively create value. Like in the Web 2.0 content is generated by users and city becomes the moderator. Multi-directional, in a many to many relationship. The prerequisite for collaboration.