Dubbed the “TED meets Burning Man” conference for urban innovators and edgy entrepreneurs, this year’s OuiShare Fest, Paris, focused on the future of the collaborative city.
Building on Nesta’s work in the Collaborative Economy, Nesta hosted an afternoon of discussions on Thursday 6 July to explore how digital technology can bring urban communities together in new ways; solving social problems by sharing resources and collaborating. In the ‘Nesta tent’, city strategists, activists, makers and policy experts discussed how public services, civil society and startups can collaborate to increase social impact.
Visitors heard from the ShareLab Fund innovators, who are addressing the needs of their communities in inspiring ways - from training refugees as language tutors, to helping get safe, donor breast milk to sick or premature babies in hospitals.
We found out about how communities are crowdfunding to invest in the projects they care about, whether restoring community buildings, match funding local arts, or forming community co-ops. We explored how citizens are creating open data commons to combat environmental issues like noise nuisance and damp homes, and ultimately changed the relationship between city leaders and citizens.
The full festival programme can be found here.