Redesign all. Democratising cities. A common reflection with Indy Johar

“What is democracy? The power to create society through open making.

How do we make buildings that both look good and do good?

By focusing on civic architecture and transforming real estate to real value, we can reinvent and create better cities…”

Indy is a speculative mind which invitation today is a deep reflection on an unusual topic: democratising cities, telling us the story of our everyday focus to the power to create society through open making. I’m still turning around it since our first conversation time ago, dear Indy.

If we consider cities as places for collaborative innovation, how citizens can learn and transform in the process of open making? What design can do?
”Every human is a phenomenally powerfully intelligence machine, yet we all treat them as bad robots who won’t get it” said Indy.
Ari:What if we Redesign all? This is a thought I have since time.
Indy: Yes. Redesign Business Models, Model Canvas, Entrepreneurship models, the meaning of social innovation and to think as design as a comprehensive system of systems( from silos to systems). A new vocabulary, taxonomy and common understanding. What we have now is an illusion- said Indy ( and I fully agree).

To avoid indoctrination, in my opinion, if we consider design as the capability to inform democracy through dialogues, as dispositif of collaboration as shared accountability, transparency and cross-boundary teams, we stand for public common goods, for people first.

Image: Tim Davis

In this process of open policy making, where are the smart citizens? Its possible to think about a self-governance from one hand and the policy makers priorities as civil society ones? Can we co-design common principles and practices in the delivery of public services in which citizens are involved in the creation of public policies and services since the beginning? Not only gives opinions but take part of the budget allocations, decision-making of the use of the space of their neighbourhood and so on. If every act is an act of design, we can allow policy makers to be more experimental in their dialogue with citizens? Being open to new ideas, new ways of working, new insights, new evidence and experts.

We challenge you as citizens to be co-designer and co-productors. It is contrasted with a transaction based method of service delivery in which citizens consume public services which are conceived of and provided by governments and is our first interest, we stand for a new partnership with citizens, a new social pact. Co-design puts people at the core of policy creation so that policy is more informed and responsive to their needs, to our needs from the beginning of the process in the everyday.

There’s no excuse. Are you ready to Redesign all together?

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