CitizenScienceLab - System Dynamics Think Tank for a Smart Zero Net Carbon City by CitizenScienceLab
Dr. Alexander Aylett
Apr 8, 2016
Thanks for submitting your project to our contest. There are lots of interesting facets to the work that you are proposing. Overall though, it is not clear exactly what you are proposing. I would suggest that you use the "Summary" section to provide a better overview of exactly what you would like to establish. You mention setting up a system dynamics institute - is that the core of your proposal? If so you should provide more detail about why you want to set up the center, what it's mandate will be and what it will do.
You also mention making information on renewable energy installation more transparent and accessible. But it is also not clear how that is connected to your other objectives, or how you will do that work. (i.e. are you proposing a website, a publicity campaign, a community awareness campaign led by citizens...?)
You key benefits section also mentions a real variety of issues, so be sure that your project description makes it clear how you will achieve these things.
With a bit more clarity on these issues I think your proposal would be a lot stronger!
Apr 9, 2016
Thanks for your message, and intriguing questions. The idea is to establish a system dynamics institute that enables the stakeholders of civil society (citizens, scientists, politicians, business, students, tourists) to learn about the "hidden" forces and "unintended" consequences of their current actions in respect to carbon emissions. On a next step, especially as Dresden is home of of diverse interdisciplinary focused scientific bodies, focusing on new technologies (solar, semiconductors, nanotech, biotech, life science, as well as social technologies) and a strong arts community this asset shall be facilitated to help to bring into reality startups, social organizational and social behavior (at large) through the catalyst of local SMEs whose employees especially here in the region bring along highly creative and innovative mindsets.
Dr. Alexander Aylett
Apr 12, 2016
thanks for the quick reply. That clarifies quite a bit. I still have some questions though about the specific kind of programming you would be doing at the institute. Would you be offering classes, or short workshops or training sessions? (Or other kinds of events altogether, like hackathons or networking events...).
It seems like the underlying aim of creating the institute is twofold:
1) To teach people systems dynamics thinking and
2) To support interdisciplinary partnerships between various different communities in Dresden, in the hopes of catalyzing innovation in the area of urban sustainability.
They are both great goals. And seeing as you are proposing to do both together, it might be worth discussing the synergies or overlaps that exist between the two of them.
Looking forward to reading the next version. Please leave us a comment once it is done that quickly summarizes the spots where you have made changes.
Apr 22, 2016
Next iterations on the prototype have been made, as well as some extensions. Especially after attending #SUGermanySummit in Berlin this week.
Looking forward to hearing from you, and best
May 9, 2016
Thank you for the changes you've made to the proposal,
Do you think it would be possible for you to indicate where you've made your changes so we can keep track of the evolution of it?
May 9, 2016
Hi Alexandra - will do so, indicating with [x].
Thanks for reminder, and greetings from Dresden
May 22, 2016
Hi Ralf! Very interesting proposal! Just a wanted to provide with a link to something we have in Geneva that could be of use called the Citizen CyberLab, which is partnership between the University of Geneva, UNITAR and CERN. In addition, this lab is offering a summer school called "Crowdsourcing Sustainable Development."
In addition, you do provide quite a lot of interesting information, across a variety of domains and stakeholders. It could be helpful if your proposal broke down certain sections or action plans (for example, timeline for summer school launch, timeline for a citizen engagement platform, etc.) Looking forward to see it evolve!
May 22, 2016
Hi Ashley! Many thanks for your comment, and leading to the CERN-partnered Citizen CyberLab in Geneva. We had an inspiring talking during last year's #SEMICONEuropa (see on Twitter about this yearly conference and trade show on microelectronics and semiconductors) here in Dresden with a representative of CERN active on the edge to bring the research findings into business and practical applications. Accelerating the research findings (and there is a rich eco-system around science here in Dresden) into processes, and applications to new solutions to lower the "Carbon Footprint" (starting within the city of Dresden itself, and enabling the scaling of knowledge sharing across disciplinary and location boundaries is the deeper intend of the CitizenScienceLab).
The timeline is actually the last thing I am about to add before the deadline closes - thanks for the reminder ;-)
I'd be happy to connect, and see where complementary value creation is possible in collaboration with your activities.