CATALYST – NEMO Science Museum as catalyst for inclusion of citizens in the digitalization of the city of the future

Summary

The rise of the smart city comes with a seemingly endless array of possibilities, but is also accompanied by uncertainties, dilemmas and concerns. The question should not be whether smart cities are good or bad, but how digitalisation can be developed and implemented responsibly. It is clear that all parties should be involved, but there are still many questions on how to engage (all of) them effectively. There is a need for new methods to discuss the impacts of emerging technologies in a contextualized way, engaging a variety of publics and perspectives.

In this project, we aim to contribute to this discussion (/to this collection of methods, /development) by experimenting with the role of NEMO Science Museum as a platform for inclusive deliberation and co-creation to enhance responsiveness of policy-makers and innovators in the digitalization of the city of the future. Science museums could be ideal hosts for such processes, for they are trusted places by the public and are capable of designing narratives on the intersection of science and society. We adopt a three-phased, emerging design approach to develop and test different engagement and dialogue strategies.

As a result, we articulate the visions of citizens on the responsible introduction of digitalization in the city of the future. In terms of process, we collect insights into the methods and techniques that facilitate these kinds of collective inquiries. In terms of organization, we collect insights in the roles of science museum and science centers in innovation ecosystems.

Details

Project number

CISC.CC.007

Main applicant

Dr. J.F.H. Kupper

Affiliated with

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Faculteit der Aard- en Levenswetenschappen, Athena Institute

Duration

15/11/2017 to 15/11/2018