Helsingborg Stad, Creating Digital Futures

Role: Creative Strategist, Video Editor. Team: 5 Students. Span: 8 Weeks.

Helsingborg has a vision of how the city should be like in 2035; a creative, vibrant, united, global and balanced city for the people and businesses. They also want to attract young creatives to come live in Helsingborg and feel the openness of the city so they can live and breath their creativity.

Our task was to work towards defining the idea of the city becoming a platform for the citizens and visitors of Helsingborg, now and in the future. How could we spark engagement and build the co-creating community of tomorrow? The desired outcome was to be delivered in form of documented research, relevant ideas, prototypes and strategies.

A vast amount of time were spent on research, it was definitely necessary since a city is a crazy huge ecosystem. We started off by getting ourselves a broad foundation of information; attending and facilitating workshops about the future visions, challenges and opportunities for Helsingborg. This allowed us to identify friction points in the organization as well as getting up to date what the different departments were planning for the next 10 years. We scanned our networks, attended urban planning conventions and watched hours of ted-talks. We soon realized that the project was already too complex to boil down to three prototypes of ideas as we first had estimated.

This meant that the delivery was comprising of an insights report where we elaborated on the most valuable insights of today, how this would look in the future and what concrete actions Helsingborg would have to take in order to meet these. These are the five areas:

– The Borderless Society
– A Frictionless Everyday
– Redefining Success
– Movements in the Making – Reshaping Democracy

We also created a prototype of a platform, which were one of the concrete actions Helsingborg would have to take today. The platform is essentially a means for people with an interest in Helsingborg to effect and make suggestions to the development of the city. Explained simply, it is a mix of a traditional e-petition site, liquid democracy and reddit.com. Anyone can post an idea, or petition. Politicians publish their petitions that are up for debate. The petitions are then made available for up- and down voting. Moderators support the publishers and maintain the content on the site, and all petitions are open for commenting.

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