The end of the day has already come… So it’s time for the presentation of the results!
The labs in Cape Town, Nairobi, Buea, Ramallah, Cairo, Kampala and London have worked a full day on questions from different organizations in The Netherlands, and people in Amsterdam have worked on questions the labs have asked to them, and vice versa.. Understand?
An example of a question: The lab in Cairo is involved in a independent public initiative to write the new Egyptian constitution. They asked: How to make this a ‘real’ public thing, and not just for the (online) elite? The solution from the Dutch team: ‘KISS’: Keep It Short and Simple! Link it to popular things like: the national football team! Go to a football match and ask people there what they want for their children. Gather these answers and use them to co-write the constitution. A big tasks… But hey!
Posted by Peter Vlam on 30 September 2011, 4:35 pm
Two ladies dressed as angels and some magic power on stage. ’Incubator’ shouted Hassan and loud applause from the people in the room, during the closing ceremony. It is hopefully for Hassan the start of the realization of an Incubator in Somaliland. Hassan is setting this up this Hub in Somaliland. ‘Please join me in my dream to make this come true.’ Next year ho hopes to be co-creating from Somaliland.
“You see that cheetah running?” Marlon Parker from South Africa points at the screen: “I was running next to that cheetah, that is what we do in Africa. I took a picture with a mobile device.” Changing your lense is what the South African social entrepreneur is talking about today. “Because without that nothing happens.”
To illustrate that he asks the audience: “Who wants to win the latest Nokia, much better than the Iphone?” When a girl raises her hand, he asks her to come on the stage. “What would you think if I came walking next to you and told you my extreme difficult relation status, give you my telephone number and tell you I want to be your friend?” I’d tell you you are strange,” the girls answers. “Exactly”, Parker answers, ”yet Facebook has changed that around. Now you see a name and you just push: friend”
“Name all of your Facebook friends”, he then summons. “All?, the girl replies.” “Well ok name five”. After the girls names five she is awarded an old Nokia. “Nokia was once a rubber company. They changed and became a cell phone company. That is what this talk is about. In order to change you have to get out of your comfort zone and change your lense.”
“For example my grandmother she was the creator of ice tea. Yet she didn’t realize it at the time. Boiling water where I grew up was too expensive so she used cold water. She then hung the teabag in 5 cups and it had a faint idea of tea. Now changing the lense is a mix of thinking out of the box
and an accidental change. The accidental change was that my grandmother did this in the sun and found out teabags regained strength
The other thing is that change might mean sacrifice. For example this 17 year old girl got pregnant and her boyfriend more or less told her that if she wanted to keep the relationship she had to not have the baby. The girl was a good athlete and keeping the baby would mean a huge sacrifice.”
My mother chose to get rid of the boyfriend and kept me. So who knows what happens when you start changing your lense. Who know we might see the next big explosion of what the world is waiting for?”
Posted by Peter Vlam on 30 September 2011, 4:15 pm
Michel Frenken is the technical guy at Pakhuis de Zwijger, the location of the 1 Percent Event. Although hosting ‘the largest global co-creation event ever’, he looks pretty relaxed. With an eye on tens of screens: ‘It is clearly set out and it helps that it is the third time now. This events uses all our capacity, there is not much more we can handle. But right now, all is smooth. There is an open stream via Skype to 8 countries with whom the presentator can talk to via a mobile mic. There is live stream radio and tv, with crews producing items and there are many people who use our wireless capacity. It is challenging and great fun to do. Yesterday we started setting it up at 11.30 AM, we finished at 1 PM and early in the morning we were there again. And it pays out. There is a lot of energy between people from everywhere.
For the first time a 3D printer has made a fully functioning hybrid car
“People are as loyal as their next mouse click”, says Alexander Klöpping when asked about the future of the Dutch company Hyves. He finds it a pity that Hyves has become something laughable as if it is only for the little people. We should be proud of our national company. They are a lot more trustworthy than Facebook.”
The 24 year old student who transformed from a student in a new media expert shows the public the implications of new inventions. The first one he shows is the first world printed car by a 3D printer (see image above). “Can you imagine in the future, you have lost something from say Ikea and you just print it? And it is mainstream because tomorrow de 3D printer is going on sale at the Dutch warehouse Bijenkorf. There are groups already now printing out cathedrals together
The future of this is quite interesting as well because what is happening with the outsourcing in the future? If you can print your Iphone cover what will that do to outsourcing?”
“Now another example is this little white thing.” Klöpping shows a little plastic square thing to be attached to the Iphone. “You plug it to your phone and change it to a credit card terminal. This thing cost 20 cents. You take a picture of your transaction and then draw a signature on your phone. Where credit cards are a pain and expensive for small shops, this is easy.”
“Another interesting thing a journalist from the Guardian wrote about is Facebook credits. Take for example Farmville. People pay with real money to buy stuff on Farmville. Now what if your Facebook friends start paying your beer with Facebook money and take it one step further yet. What if you loan money from the Facebook bank? These guys know everything about you! They know when you are ill, misbehave, how much you drink etcetera. This means that in theory you have to make sure your kids behave on Facebook otherwise they won’t get a mortgage.”
The last example of how technical inventions change our lives is Uber Cab. It is an app used in San Fransisco, where you press a button and the nearest can will stop for you. You pay them through the app and you give the taxi driver stars for service. Imagine what that would do in Amsterdam!