Apr 29, 2012
Hi Erik, Thanks for posting this. Love the sharing theme! Is the corporate case study just a thought experiment or is Continuum actually working with Sedway and looking for ideas for them? Maybe this is an interesting precedent for a closer engagement with businesses? If it's just a thought experiment, did the workshop consider making the same phone app for all sharing (cars, cycles, other big durable items..)? What did you think of the workshop format for crowdsourcing, compared to web-based work over longer timescales? The face to face contact must add a lot. Does the limited time help or hinder the divergent part of the creative process? Would you like the CoLab community to make new proposals in this contest (eg cycling, teleconferencing) or to edit/add to/comment on just this proposal? Should we cross-link with the existing transportation contest? https://www.climatecolab.org/web/guest/resources/-/wiki/Main/Collaborative%20pilot%202012--Transportation James
May 8, 2012
Hi James, Sorry for the delay! As you can see, we have moved this proposal over to the existing transportation contest. The corporate case study was just a thought experiment and Continuum is not (as far as I know!) working with Segway. I also thought this might be an interesting precedent for closer engagement with businesses, especially since a corporation like Segway would have the ability to put a creative plan like this into action. On the whole, the personal interaction at the workshop definitely helped us to get the creative juices flowing and I felt that participants were better able to help one another think through their ideas. However, the limited time prevented most of us from developing our ideas to the extent we would have liked. Our hope now is that CoLab members will see and think about the ideas of our workshop participants and do that extra leg work! Best, Erik
Jun 3, 2012
Great to put this in with other transport proposals! Yes, an interesting precedent, both for attracting more participants and for bringing proposals to life. Have tweeted to Segway in case we can connect with them after the event: @SegwayInc How do you like these g8 ideas by this year's @MIT_S_Summit, @ErikDuhaime, @_Continuum? http://bit.ly/M9BENt I'd say that the potential for business to shape dialogues that support real breakthroughs in sustainability is barely explored so far, due to questions being framed too narrowly - as if business was only interested in the issues to the extent that they can cash in on them. Actually many businesses are aware of the need for scaling up solutions with ambitious new policy frameworks. Here is a Guardian article about the WBCSD on this, http://www.guardian.co.uk/sustainable-business/sustainable-economies-wbcsd-changing-pace-report I bet we could attract business interest in contests by framing questions broadly, for example about sharing in transport rather than just sharing one type of vehicle. This could encourage more diverse ideas and more CoLab participants to take part. Would appreciate other views on this! James
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