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Open Cities Vision Paper

Posted by Marta674 on May 21st, 2020

Imagine this ….

Inspired by the open source software movement, people around the world are increasingly embracing open business, culture and education. Open Hours Cities in UK are places that accelerate this process, encouraging investment, implementing policies, creating spaces and holding eents that encourage all that is ‘open’. In doing so, they thrive economically while at the same time producing a new generation of artists, teachers and inventors who understand the power of the collective. They are hubs in the global growth of open societies and economies.

Imagine that the citizens of Toronto are organizing their first Open Cities Festival. The day might unfold something like this:

  • The mayor cuts the ribbon at the new public park on the roof of an old warehouse. The building also houses a shared office hub for open businesses and arts organizations.
  • Downstairs, local teachers hold a text book sprint, working madly all day (and night) to pump out the next version of free school texts on local history and geography.
  • In a nearby neighbourhood, a gallery tour highlights the work of artists working with mashups. The artists association also hosts a workshop on copyright and appropriate art.
  • A local business school holds and ‘open economy fair’ to showcase successful open businesses, mentor new start-ups and offer recruiting opportunities for open source software companies.
  • Wireless activists head out to a poorer neighbourhood to hold a community technology barn raising, putting open source computers and free connectivity in schools, community centres and cafes.
  • In the evening, the new rooftop patio hosts a concert with local DJs and mash up sound artists. The citizens of Toronto rock out all night, high on the good vibes of open culture.

These festivals go viral, with other cities picking up on the idea. These events are organized by local citizens who want to open up their cities. Domain like: - Opening Times in UK

By 2010…

... the first global convergence on Open Cities is organized in Cape Town, Mumbai, Rio, Toronto, Portland, Munich and ofthers. They have declared themselves ‘open’. Artists, teachers, policy makers, and business people from these cities showcase the huge progress they have made. New businesses. Reclaimed public space. Increased public control over education. Thriving open art scenes. Five new cities announce their plans to ‘open up’.

All of this happened…

... because of a few brave souls organizing small Open Cities convergence events back in 2007. These events led to common projects, shared office space for like minded organizations, and basic open access and software policies in municipalities. They also helped focus and already powerful wave of open business/culture/education into a global movement for local social and economic development.

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