May 04, 2015

Zürich is becoming a more bicycle friendly city

At nextzürich I noticed that a large number of ideas have been communicated about making Zürich a more bicycle friendly city. So as I saw this invitation to the event Nextsalon Velocity, I decided to participate to help contribute to making Zürich a more bicycle friendly city.

At the event, I found it very interesting to share ideas with other participants about what we can do to improve conditions for everyone moving from a to b in Zürich. I found it fascinating that the event was complemented by work on the internet, for example on nexzuerich.ning.com, Facebook , nextzuerich.ch, and on ronorp.net.

In this blog posting, I read that to be an innovator, you have to be a relentlessly curious anthropologist and a keen-eyed ethnographer, so with a mobile electronic device, I walked / cycled / drove around the city to take photos of the areas in Zürich where I have experienced there is a strong potential for making conditions better - not least for people who use 2 wheel / 3 wheel vehicles with or without engine / battery.

Here are some more experiences / ideas / inspiration on making cities more bicycle friendly:


March 18, 2015

What I learned during open education day in Zürich

During open education day / Tag der Schulen in Zürich on March 17th, 2015, I learned this:

# 1: Teachers help students learn how to take initiative
After a class, a group of students was going to walk from from one location to another location outside the building. A teacher asked students who would like to walk in the front of the group, and who would like to walk in the back of the group. Two students raised their hands, and they each chose whom they would like to be accompanied by. Earlier in the day, the same teacher also encouraged / helped a student take initiative in another way: The group / class had received a letter from another group / class indicating that paper had been disposed in the playground by members of the group. The teacher asked students who would like to take the lead in ensuring that the littering problem would be reduced. One girl took the initiative.

# 2: Use of own mobile electronic devices
One student liked using mobile electronic devices so much that, when asked during a drawing lesson to draw anything he wanted to draw, he chose to draw / create a smartphone using a paper and various materials. The interest of this student and many of his fellow students to use mobile electronic devices for education stands in relatively strong contrast to the fact that students were not allowed to use their own mobile electronic devices.

# 3: Students teach each other and give feedback to each other
In one class, I noticed that students were helping each other understand a particular topic, for example by sharing research they had done and giving feedback to each other. The teacher served students in various ways, for example by involving all students in one way or the other, praising what students were doing well, and by helping students give and receive feedback to / from each other. For inspiration on giving and receiving feedback, please visit this link.

# 4: Gender diversity
For every male teacher, I saw during open education day in Zürich. I saw at least 5 female teachers. And for every father I saw during the day, I saw at least 5 mothers. For more information about gender diversity around the world, please visit this link.

# 5: Work across age groups
One teacher had initiated that children help each other across age groups. For example, I learned that students from 6th grade had made a chocolate workshop with students from 2nd grade - helping them learn how to make chocolate.

# 6: Parents are involved
One teacher, I had an interesting conversation with, had involved parents in an innovative way. She had found out, for example, that five of the students in her 2nd grade class had parents who worked as architects. And she had facilitated that some of the parents participated in educating the children in, for example, understanding buildings and the environments they live among / are a part of. I learned that during a session, students walked from the school building to the centre of Zürich - reflecting on questions such as these along the way: 
- How do I use this space?
- What are the differences between the spaces?
- To what extent do I shape which spaces? To what extent do which spaces shape me?
- Does a space have feelings?
- How do I want to live?
- How does my favourite city look like?

Learning about this creative initiative, I came to think of the many exciting ideas communicated on NextZürich.

# 7: Elderly people are involved
During open education day in Zürich, I had a wonderful dialogue with an elderly woman who had worked as an educator for 39 years. During the day, she assisted the son of her neighbour, a couple who were both busy during the day and did not have the possibility to participate in open education day.

# 8: Help doing homework at the end of the day
One of the many good learning experiences I had during open education day in Zürich was an hour at the end of the day tailored at helping students get their homework done. I was happy to be able to help a boy, who had come to Switzerland from America, as well as a girl. With the two, I worked, for example, on doing various exercises aimed at learning math and German.

# 9: Some people are more introverted than extroverted - and some are more extroverted than introverted
During open education day in Zürich, I saw students who were more introverted than extroverted and students who were more extroverted than introverted. More on personality here. It was great to see that teachers supported students well by moderating a variety of different individual exercises, exercises in groups of two people, and exercises in groups with more than two participants.


# 10: Wish hour
Following a math class, a teacher initiated, with students in 1st grade, a wish hour / "Wunschstunde."  During this hour, kids could choose to do anything they wanted. The only requirement the teacher set during the hour was that students documented, during the last 5 minutes of the hour, what they had done during this wish hour. It was interesting to observe what the children decided to do during this period of time, i.e. what they were passionate about. I noticed that some children were playing with musical instruments and others with a ball. Also, there were some children who were reading, others who were communicating with each other, and others who were building things with different materials, for example materials made of wood.


Observed during open education day in Zürich: Small guitars in a variety of different colours.

February 10, 2015

How well do you know what the reasons for the problem are?

Try to think of a problem you have / a problem you found? Now think about the reasons for that problem. What reasons do you find? How sure are you about what the real reason / reasons are that the problem exists?

On goodreads I came across this quote by Albert Einstein:
“If I had an hour to solve a problem I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions.”


January 26, 2015

How to make an attractive city

Watching the video embedded below, I learned that there are 6 fundamental things a city needs to get right.
# 1: Order and variety
An example: Every house in a neighbourhood has the same width and height. In addition, every house has been allowed freedom regarding form and colour.
# 2: Visible life
People like when they can see things going on where they work / live.
# 3: Compact
An example: A square should not be too small - and should be no larger than 30 metres in diameter.
# 4: Orientation and mystery
We need a good balance between a) big streets / boulevards that offer orientation and b) small streets / lanes that offer mystery. People love cities that have lots of backstreets and small lanes where you can feel cosy.
# 5: Scale
A suggestion is made that buildings should be maximum 5 stories tall. Above that, people start to feel small and insignificant. When, occasionally, there's a big building, make it a building that's really special and loved by everyone.
# 6: Make it local
An example could be the use of local materials for building infrastructure. It could also be something else that makes something uniquely local. When you think of beautiful local place, what comes into your mind?

January 25, 2015

Idea by Christopher Pissarides about child care services

Listening to this very interesting World Economic Forum briefing by Christopher Pissarides, I learned this:
  • At 8:45, Christopher Pissarides mentioned that in Sweden, child care is subsidized - encouraging people, who have children, to buy child care services in the market. This initiative helps child care services develop, raises incomes for people, and reduces inequality. He also mentioned that, currently, this does not work in, for example, Italy, where the government - at the moment - does not take much interest in services like child care. This is one reason why we are seeing high gender inequality - including low rates of work participation by women - in Italy.
  • At 19:35, Christopher Pissarides said that in Sweden, at least twice as many jobs are being created in child care services and other health care services as in Italy.


Reflections by Hikmet Ersek

At 11:55 and at 42:55 in this World Economic Forum session entitled Escaping from poverty, Hikmet Ersek reflects on his experiences working in the USA and in Vienna, Austria. He explained, for example, that 
  • in the USA, people were asking him: What do you do / what can you do? He also said that in the USA, it was not important for people what his name was.
  • in Vienna, Austria, people were asking him: Where are you from? He also explained that in Vienna, his name changed everything.

January 24, 2015

A brave new world

During this World Economic Forum session entitled "A brave new world", Stuart Russell mentioned at 24:30 that with autonomous vehicles, the need for parking spaces and taxi drivers will be reduced.


January 23, 2015

An insight, an idea with Jack Ma

Listening to this very interesting conversation between Jack Ma and Charlie Rose I learned this:  
  • At 6:25, Jack Ma mentioned that the average age of a person working for Alibaba is 27-28 years old. And at 39:15, he said that 47% of people working for Alibaba are women. In this regard, Jack Ma said he has found that women think about others more than they think about themselves. 
  • At 7:25 Jack Ma explained that he failed several exams. He also said that he got rejections to many jobs he applied for. Being asked by Charlie Rose what effect it had on him getting rejected, Jack Ma said "I think we have to get used to it. We're not that good."
  • At 11:45 Jack Ma mentioned that in 1995, when he was in Seattle, USA, he did a search on the Internet for the first time in his life. He mentioned that he could not find any information about China when he was searching. That inspired him. 
  • At 25:40 Jack Ma mentioned that he was enthusiastic / excited about what he was doing and happy that he could help people with what he made available on the Internet. He also talked about a surprising experience he had: Once he was in a restaurant, he experienced that a person who wanted to express his appreciation for the work Jack Ma was doing, had paid for his meal. 
  • At 33:15 Jack Ma mentioned that he loves Forrest Gump because he is simple, believes in what he is doing and does not give up. He also said that he likes the phrase "Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you get."  
  • At 34:35 Jack Ma explained that he worries about that a lot of young people lose hope, lose vision, and complain. Jack Ma explained that he was also depressed and said that it's not a good feeling being rejected. He explained that later, he found out that there are many opportunities in the world, and that it matters how you see the world. 
  • At 38:00 Jack Ma explained that many years ago, he wanted to change the world. He went on to explain that today, he thinks that "if we want to change the world, we need to change ourselves. Changing ourselves is more important - and it is easier than changing the world." He added that he wants to improve the world.


In tech we trust

During an interesting World Economic Forum session entitled "In tech we trust" I learned this:
  • At 3:40, Marc R. Benioff mentioned that only through radical transparency are we going to get radical new levels of trust. He added that we need more openness regarding where data is, what is going on with the data, who has the data, and - if there's a problem with the data - provide immediate disclosure, total transparency.
  • At 5:15, Marissa Mayer made the point that personalized technology is better technology, and a personalized Internet is a better Internet. To have a personalized Internet, you need to store data in the cloud. She continued saying that trust is about each person making a trade of between how much privacy and security he / she wants vs. how many benefits he / she wants? She emphasized the importance of transparency, that users own their own data and have control over it, so they can examine it, take it with them, bring it to other sites / to other vendors that they trust more.
  • At 15:25 Tim Berners-Lee agreed that a personalized service is a better service meaning, for example, that you can buy your clothes more quickly.
  • At 17:50 Günther H. Oettinger mentioned that we are in a digital revolution, and that we need a smart and pragmatic data revolution. He added that with all technology, there's a potential on the one hand and risks on the other hand. And we have to balance it out. He agreed that transparency is important and noted that we need a UN agency for data protection and security. At 45:00 Günther H. Oettinger said that many people are not informed. We need more information, more education. Citizens need to become more competent.

January 21, 2015

Inclusive growth in the digital age

During the session "Inclusive growth in the digital age" I learned this:

  • At 5:00, Erik Brynjolfsson mentioned that technology has always been destroying as well as creating jobs. Recently, there has been an important change, for example in the way that median income has stagnated. He added that when you digitize something, you can make a free, perfect copy of it and distribute it instantaneously anywhere around the world. Those 3 attributes - free, perfect, and instant - we did not apply to goods and services throughout most of history.
  • At 12:30, Hans Erik Vestberg mentioned that throughout all technological revolutions that we as human have lived through, we have always created jobs. He added that due to the fact that Ericsson is transforming fast, there are changes regarding the people working for the company. Last year, 19,000 people started working for the company, and 14,000 stopped working for the company. Hans Erik Vestberg also mentioned that today, less than 15% of the people working for the company are based in Sweden.
  • At 14:40, Vishal Sikka mentioned that technology makes people more productive. He also mentioned that there's a new frontier of "problem finding" that people will continue to do. 
  • At 18:15. Ajay S. Banga mentioned that the most important thing you can do is invest in education and infrastructure. He added, that the smartphone is an unbelievable opportunity to connect people with each other. The many different networks / communities that people can connect to using mobile electronic devices help people find new opportunities. 
  • At 22:20, Peter T. Grauer mentioned that technological changes are happening at a higher speed than changes in institutions. As an example of an area where we need changes to happen, he mentioned educational institutions. At 32:25, Peter T. Grauer explained that he spends much of his time helping people with low income get access to higher education. At 35:30, Vishal Sikka put focus on the need for each one of us to continue to educate ourselves throughout our lives - no matter where we are. He also noted that Internet access / being connected to the Internet will help us educate ourselves anytime and anywhere. Erik Brynjolfsson added that there's a need to rethink / reinvent education.

At 38:28, the moderator, Gillian Tett, asked each of the five panelists the following question: Who thinks that income inequality is going to decline over the next 5 years in the Western world?

  • Vishal Sikka said "It's not going to decline in my view". 
  • Hans Erik Vestberg said "I hope not. I'm optimistic." 
  • Ajay S. Banga said "I would say it's not going to decline, although I wish it would change." 
  • Peter T. Grauer said "no."
  • Erik Brynjolfsson said "It's a tricky question. It's our choice. The people in this room can help decide whether or not that happens."


January 20, 2015

Disrupting classrooms

During a very interesting Shaping Davos session entitled "Disrupting classrooms", I learned, for example, this: 
  • At 6:55, Lucian Tarnowski mentioned that things have changed. We don't need everybody to look like each other. We need much more creativity.
  • At 27:00, Arunas Mark talked about the importance of quality content.
  • At 36:00, Fatin Bundagji talked about the importance of people from different cultures communicating with each other, for example about understanding their respective beliefs / values / ways of thinking and thinking creatively / innovating. At 39:50 Christian Morales Collado added that diversity brings more innovation.
  • At 51:25, Lucian Tarnowski made the interesting point that the mobile phone is far more universal than the classroom.
  • At 01:09:30, Christian Morales Collado emphasized the need to connect more people to the Internet around the world.
  • At 01:10:40, Lucian Tarnowski put focus on life-long learning of everyone of us - and the need to recognize / reward the effort people, who learn individually, make.


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January 06, 2015

What are your values?

Have you tried defining what your values are? How sure are you, which values are more important / prioritized higher than which other values? To find out, try answering these questions. As an alternative, ask someone else, for example a friend of yours, to ask you the questions.



January 04, 2015

Praise / reward the process

The talk, by Carol Dweck, embedded below highlights some interesting initiatives for praising / rewarding people. Why not try and start out this year doing this:
# 1: Stop praising / rewarding a person’s intelligence and talent.
# 2: Start praising / rewarding process, for example by a) giving grades such as “not yet”, b) praising / rewarding a person’s improvement / progress from period A to period B, c) praising / rewarding a person’s focus on a topic, d) praising / rewarding a person’s perseverance, and/or e) praising / rewarding the effort a person makes to learn something / reach a certain goal.

January 01, 2015

What a wonderful world


I see trees of green,
red roses too.
I see them bloom,
for me and you.
And I think to myself,
what a wonderful world.
I see skies of blue,
And clouds of white.
The bright blessed day,
The dark sacred night.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.
The colors of the rainbow,
So pretty in the sky.
Are also on the faces,
Of people going by,
I see friends shaking hands.
Saying, “How do you do?”
They’re really saying,
“I love you”.
I hear babies cry,
I watch them grow,
They’ll learn much more,
Than I’ll ever know
.
And I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.
Yes, I think to myself,
What a wonderful world.

December 09, 2014

The ugly duckling

The ugly duckling is one of the greatest and most beloved fairy tales by Hans Christian Andersen. It is a wonderful story of a little bird that matures into a beautiful swan, a story about personal transformation. This includes the process of of disovering one's own values, listening to one's inner voice, listening to what one feels, finding one's own path of happiness in life, and developing / creating one's own personality.

A key topic in the story is also the seeking of acceptance / recognition / love from others that one lives among. I read here that the duckling is born in an environment in which
1. the duckling finds that is is different than the others: It does not look like the others, it does not behave like the others, and it does not think like the others.
2. the duckling is confronted with other animals who have little social competence. The duckling is not appreciated by the others and not wanted by the others. Through various signals / messages, it is eventually pushed out / ejected by the others - directly and/or indirectly.

I read on the English Wikipedia that when the critic Georg Brandes asked H.C. Andersen about whether he could write his autobiography, Mr. Andersen replied that it had already been written - The ugly duckling



December 07, 2014

December 04, 2014

Quotes

Some quotes that I have found useful. What quotes would you add?


October 23, 2014

Buurtzorg

Buurtzorg (“neighborhood care”) is an innovative approach in the Netherlands which was set up to deliver home care to all kinds of patients. Compared with traditional nursing organizations in the Netherlands, Buurtzorg’s patients heal faster, require only half the amount of care, experience one-third fewer emergency hospital admissions, and have shorter average stays when they are hospitalized. Here are some inputs on how the nurses do it:
  • Teams of nurses consist of maximum 12 nurses.
  • There is no management structure and no hierarchy.
  • Teams are responsible for patients and have the autonomy to deliver the best possible care.
  • Patients are able to develop a relationship with 1 nurse over time. 
  • The nurse also acts as a coach and navigator for the patient and family - helping them find the most relevant and innovative solutions to receiving the care they need.
  • Patients are able to get the care they need where they most want it.
  • The personalized attention and team approach allow patients to stay in their homes and communities as long as possible - thereby avoiding more costly institutional care.
  • Teams correct things themselves when productivity drops.
  • Nurses are encouraged to build expertise in areas that most interest them.
  • All nurses are able to identify and access experts through the organization’s intranet.
  • Coaches are available when specific problems arise. The coaches may suggest solutions that other teams have used, but they have no power to impose these solutions.

October 16, 2014

Examples of dairy industry innovations

Watching this video I learned about the Rosa Brothers Milk Company, a company that have innovated quite significantly across the dairy business supply chain system. At Rosa Brothers Milk Company, milk is processed at the farm and packaged in refillable glass bottles. The milk is then distributed to and sold at farmers' markets / stores / cafes / coffee shops / grocery outlets etc.

At Stadtmilch I learned that milk is processed directly on the farm Längimoos in Rüschlikon near Zürich. I also found out that milk is then distributed to and sold in glass bottles at Tritt-Käse in Markthalle, and that customers do some of the work themselves by filling glass bottles with milk from a machine. To see how it works, watch the short video below.


October 14, 2014

What ideas do you have to make change happen?

There’s some great sharing of ideas going on across many different social media / crowdsourcing platforms / brainstorming tools as well as in many different meetings / seminars / workshops. The book / report embedded below centers on what we can do better to make the great ideas, that are shared across these and other fora, happen — and thereby create even more value for more people.

 



October 10, 2014

What is good leadership?

What do you think about when you hear the question “What is good leadership?” When you think about situations in your life during which you have experienced good leadership, what comes into your mind? What happened in those situations? Who did what? How was it done? Why was it done?

 


October 08, 2014

Learning strategies

How do you like to learn? When you think about a time and place when / where you learned something really well, when and where was that? What were you doing?

 

October 07, 2014

What do you do when you want to listen well?

When you listen well to a person, what exactly do you do? And what do you not do? What does it mean to really listen well? In situations during which you listened well or experienced that the person listening to you listened well, what was characteristic of the way you and/or others listened? When you reflect upon the way you listened to someone today, what did you well, and what do you think you could do better to become an even better listener?

 



October 01, 2014

Bicycle friendly cities

Some ideas for cities that want to become more bicycle friendly. What would you add?


September 29, 2014

Rebuilding the Western part of Aarhus in Denmark

As I was in Denmark this Summer visiting my mother, I took the opportunity to visit the Western part of Aarhus, a part of the city that is undergoing significant transformation. Due to my interest in innovating work and living environments, I found it interesting to observe some of the changes going on in the area which will contribute to improving the lives of people. While I was there, I made the 1 minute video embedded below. To know more about the rebuilding work that is going on in the area, have a look at Helhedsplan Gellerup.

 

September 25, 2014

Six thinking hats

What about trying something new for your next meeting: Here's the six thinking hats method, a creative thinking exercise during which people think creatively together. In other words, we put the "argument culture" on hold, during which people discuss until people are so tired that someone wins - and the other part, yes you guessed it right, loses. The method can be used in a variety of settings, I have experienced. Try it, for example, at home with your family. Also, try it in a business setting with people, you work with, for example customers, supplier partners, and/or co-workers. Or try it with neighbours as you work on developing / renewing / innovating work and living environments in the neighbourhood. And for politicans, why not try it in parliament? Just try it.

 




September 16, 2014

How useful is multitasking?

Reading this interesting posting by Clay Shirky I noticed, for example, this part: "People often start multi-tasking because they believe it will help them get more done. Those gains never materialize; instead, efficiency is degraded." Reading the book Visible learning and the science of how we learn I learned something similar: At location 2500, for example, I read that the human mind is unable to genuinely focus on 2 activities at once. The moment you remove your attention from a task, you can expect no meaningful learning or skill development to take place. In other words, to learn well, we need to stop multitasking.

That people stop multitasking may not be realistic, however. And via this tweet I learned that in Chongqing, China's first “exclusive sidewalk for mobile phone users" has been introduced. At first, I was a little shocked about this initiative. However, after reflecting on the idea, I would think that it is not far out after all. And watching the video below, which is somewhat on the humorous side, one does, I think, get the idea that a new need may be on the rise ;-)


September 15, 2014

Great examples from Africa about innovation in farming

These 2 examples are among the innovations mentioned In the video embedded below that reduce food loss:
# 1: Lower quality peanuts are used to make soap.
# 2: Spoiled fruits are processed into juice.


September 09, 2014

Ideas for hospitals

An update to a report / e-book with ideas for hospitals.



August 28, 2014

Coffee and values

Via Isabella Lo, I came across this interesting 2 minute video with Tony Conrad brewing coffee. Being a coffee lover myself and - for some time - also fascinated by about.me and how the about.me website helps people to, for example, learn about and connect with other people, I almost instantly found the video inspiring.

Being interested in discovering values people have I had a look at, for example, Tony Conrad's collections. I noticed that he is inspired by many different topics / areas. Tony Conrad's collections represent a large variety of interests - ranging from founders over chefs and fashionistas to musicians, farmers, architects and interior designers Reflecting on 1) the relatively strong variation in interests of Tony Conrad, 2) that he has lived in such diverse places as New York, New Delhi, Jakarta, Chicago, Paris and San Francisco, 3) that he has done a lot of different things in his life - including working operationally, for example as a yogurt merchandiser, 4) that the colours on the painting in the room where he's brewing coffee are relatively varied, and 5) that Tony Conrad has been involved with / invested in several different companies with different purposes, I would think that values such as variation / diversity / creativity / experimentation / learning would be among one group of Tony Conrad's values.

As Tony Conrad - in the coffee brewing video - talks about coffee being a metaphor for, for example, "let's get together, let's talk, let's slow down and have a moment for ourselves", I couldn't help think about the possibilities you have on about.me for sending a reply to a compliment you receive on the platform. For example, there's the possibility to simply reply "Thanks". There are also other reply possibilities such as "Thanks, I'd love to bounce an idea off of you" or "Thanks, I'd love to meet for coffee". Reflecting on 1) the coffee metaphors that Tony Conrad shares with us, 2) the connecting possibilities on the about.me platform, 3) that Tony Conrad likes to laugh with others, 4) that he sees life as a contact sport, and 5) that Tony Conrad grew up in a small Indiana farming community, it struck me that another group of Tony Conrad's values would be values such as togetherness / friendship / community.
A little more about coffee:
Just about a month ago, I visited Hamburg. Being curious about how people, who live in Hamburg, are changing the way they get from a to b I also came across Speicherstadt Kaffeerösterei, a quite unique place - at the impressive harbour in Hamburg - where coffee is roasted, brewed, and served. Visiting the coffee house, I not only tasted splendid coffee; I also learned a lot about coffee while I was there, for example where coffee is grown and how coffee is roasted. In addition, I learned at this coffee house - and  later on also over at Blue Bottle Coffee - that there are many different ways of preparing coffee. Reflecting on the different types of coffee, that exists, and the different ways coffee can be prepared, I developed even more understanding that determining what good coffee is is a highly personal matter - as I also read here

Being excited about the coffee quality and the unique experience of visiting Speicherstadt Kaffeerösterei, I did this 1 minute video while I was there:


August 23, 2014

Event about city development in Zürich

The other day, I participated at this event initiated by nextzürich. Watching the movie the human scale at the start of the event, I learned, for example, that to rebuild the city of Christchurch, New Zealand, more than 100,000 ideas were developed by citizens. Watching the film, I also learned that, in New York, USA, ideas on city development were continuously tried out / tested. By testing / trying out ideas, one could, for example, find out how life in the city changes. Among other advantages of continuously testing / trying out ideas that people have developed for certain parts of the city, I come to think, for example, of the positive influence it has on the motivation of citizens: People experience - first hand - that their voices are being heard, that their ideas are taken seriously. They see the result of their creative work. Innovation is happening.

The moderated discussion after the film was interesting, I found. Reflecting on what was said, I recall, for example, that Frank Argast talked about that city development is not just about development of the inner part of a city / the centre of a city. It is not least about developing the outskirts of a city. During the discussion, I noted, also, an interesting question by another participant. She asked, as I understood it, about the degree of diversity, for example regarding the design of buildings. As I heard it, she was trying to make the point that there could be more diversity. I found the question relevant and came to think, for example, to what extent more buildings could have a form that is different from the squared / rectangular form. 

Looking for ideas to develop a city, I came across these outdoor work and living environment initiatives.

August 10, 2014

People in Hamburg are changing the way they move from a to b

Reading this article and this article, I learned that Hamburg is working on a plan that, over the next 15-20 years, is going to expand the number of green spaces considerably. The hamburg green network will connect parks, recreational areas, playgrounds, gardens, and cemeteries through green paths. These changes are not least being made, as I have understood it, to respond to environmental changes such as increasing temperatures and sea levels and - more generally - to make the city a healthier and more pleasant place to live. 
Digital technologies contribute to changes that are going on in the way people get from a to b. Via betahaus hamburg, I learned, for example, about citeecar. What I like about the solution of citeecar is, for example, that it is simple to understand - and a relatively inexpensive transportation solution. In short, it seems to be a carsharing solution for the average joe. Studying other transportation innovation initiatives around Hamburg, I also found out that by using the hvv mobile app you can actually save money when you buy your ticket online. And I learned that in Hamburg,  transportation by bicycle is being upgraded in priority - as this nexthamburg idea also suggests. For example, I was quite impressed by StadtRAD Hamburg, a very well developed bike sharing solution that enables people to pick up and leave bicycles at any StadtRAD Hamburg station that are situated - quite close to each other - all over city. The StadtRAD Hamburg bike sharing solution is, I noticed, very popular among the local population. Lots of people use the bikes to get from a to b. What I found great, for example, was the very good quality of the bikes and also, that within the first ½ hour of a rental, you use the bike you rent for free. In addition, I liked the very well developed bicycle streets in Hamburg that, as you can see from the photo below, are painted red.  On the photo, the bicycle path is the right part of the sidewalk.
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Want more inspiration on the topic? Then take a look at this presentation about bicycle friendly cities And in this work on transportation innovation  I have tried to pinpoint some further, broader changes going on in the transportation / mobility space. Have a good time getting around.

August 09, 2014

Feedback tips

The last time you gave a feedback to someone, how did you do it - and why?
The last time you asked for a feedback from someone, how did you do it - and why?