Quadruple helix is a little like a tulip flower – easy to say but very hard to do. In a quad helix, industry, academia and the public sector develop things with citizens. In theory this sounds simple, but as soon as you want it to happen IRL, things tend to get complicated.
How do we do it without getting biased? How do we know that we are inviting the right citizens? On whose terms? In what context? I am actually not even sure these are the right questions to begin with if quad helix is desirable.
So – we do what we usually do in Urban ICT Arena – we explore by doing! To embrace this, I took the opportunity to join the Advisory Board of The Global Village and The Global Village, organizer of Järvaveckan 2018.
The Global Village is going to become a partner in our testbed. Then we will see where it takes us. The next step is to establish a fifth layer in our testbed. The working title is the Enabling Citizens Layer and what we would like to explore is how citizens benefit from digitalization, how personal data can add value for people and how an automagic city can be created together.
My theory is that it won’t be possible in the future to exercise neutral or independent authority over citizens. As an employee for the public sector, you will have to be locally engaged and familiar with the people and the circumstances you are exercising authority over. This is challenging to the ways things work today to such an extent that it actually is disrupting governmentality, which makes it really exciting!