We need imagination. We need risk taking. We need curiosity and we need criticism. As Rotterdam is on a quest for the next economy, our city must keep posing questions. The Next Economy is not a simple rollout of renewables and random smart tech, it holds the challenge to come up with fully new economic models and bring them to our people. We are not there yet.
As a matter of fact, we are in the fuzzy frontend of things, where new technologies are emerging but not being put to actual use; where data are taking over while we have not cleared issues like ownership, governance and fair revenue models; where new paradigms are being preached, consulted and pitched – but still need to be visualized, prototyped and proven. Who takes the leap?
When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. (HST)
It will most probably be our city’s creatives: the designers, artists, makers, developers and serial innovators. They are the ones that specialize in experimentation and questioning. They tinker, they hack, they iterate. They consciously focus on the human side of things and somehow they are always first on the scene.