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Serendipity City Challenge (GloNet Edition)

Serendipity City Challenge invites thinkers and designers in 5 international cities to discover chance encounters, the invisible and unknown, in order to hone the creative edge of the city.

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If there is no creativity without serendipity, how do we foster serendipity in the networked city?

The Serendipity City Challenge (GloNet Edition) invites thinkers and designers in the five international cities participating in GloNet 2010 to discover chance encounters, the invisible and unknown, in order to hone the creative edge of the city.

The joy of cities, their creativity, energy and diversity, comes from the clash of many cultures and systems in close proximity, or layered on top of one another. This is the essence of the city: there is no creativity without serendipity. Adam Greenfield has observed that this diversity and edge risks being lost in the networked city of tomorrow, if social and online tools are going to replace the more haphazard ways people find things and people in the city.

This has been the spark for the Serendipity City Challenge: if there is no creativity without serendipity, how do we foster serendipity in the networked city?

Serendipity City Challenge
We have challenged thinkers and designers in the five international GloNet cities to respond to this call to action in their own local setting, to feed into the networked conference discussion.

Serendipity City Challenge Workshops
The GloNet champions will lead workshops in each of the GloNet cities responding to the Serendipity City Challenge brief by Drew Hemment. Thinkers and designers in the cities participating in GloNet are invited to respond by creating a series of statements (140 characters or less, naturally) on their own local situation, which will be published online and debated during GloNet.

Serendipity City Challenge Discussion
During GloNet at FutureEverything 2010, the GloNet champions talk us through their statements developed in the workshops, and Adam Greenfield will himself be on hand to respond to the statements, reflecting on how they answer the challenge of serendipity in the networked city.

Learn more about the Serendipity City Challenge project here and read an article on the Serendipity City Challenge by Drew Hemment here.

Serendipity City Challenge is devised by Drew Hemment in collaboration with Adam Greenfield, it is a project by FutureEverything and ImaginationLancaster responding to the festival themes of Open Data and The City Experiment.

Serendipity City Challenge Questions
These are the questions we will be posing to people in Sendai, Japan; Sao Paulo, Brazil; Istanbul, Turkey; and Vancouver, Canada:

- Name some places of serendipity in your city, describe the nature of the serendipity.
- Is it true that the creative edge of urban people comes from serendipity, chance encounters, and creative places?
- Is serendipity in your city necessary for the creative economy?
- What other factors are essential for a thriving creative and digital sector in your city?
- How is this situation different in your city to in other cities you know around the world?
- What can you do to create more a) serendipity OR b) another of these factors?
- How can a) serendipity OR b) another of these factors be enhanced by remote collaboration (such as GloNet)?
- How can a) serendipity OR b) another of these factors be enhanced by Open Data and Free Culture?

Serendipity City Challenge Discussion
These are the questions guiding Adam Greenfield's response:

- How do they answer the challenge of serendipity in the networked city.
- What do they tell us about the local situation in those cities.
- Do these statements reinforce or lead you to question your thesis.
- Practical steps people in those cities could take to achieve creative, diverse, serendipitous cities.

 
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