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Inspired by: interviews » Social technology as the catalyst that helped all the stakeholders in a city to collaborate and understand each others’ opportunities better than ever before

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Originally submitted by: Ivan Montenegro Perini
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The source of the Wild Card is

Joe RAVETZ, University of Manchester, Interviewed by MIoIR


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Social technology as the catalyst that helped all the stakeholders in a city to collaborate and understand each others’ opportunities better than ever before


(approx. 150 words)
Please describe the Wild Card (approx. 150 words)
A sudden step change in the intelligence of a city – and intelligence is not just about information, it is about thinking the information is necessary. This would have big impacts. Suddenly we see the possibility for cities to make rapid changes in the way that they work. They can make rapid progress in the low carbon agenda, or on crime, drugs, unemployment, social welfare, environmental improvement, simply by improving the intelligence of the system. Anything is then possible.


city, information, social technology, technology, social cohesion, social innovation


Closest timeframe for at least 50% likelihood
Please use one of the following options:

Type of event

Human planned (e.g. terrorist attack or funded scientific breakthrough)

Type of emergence

please select (if any) describe related trend or situation
A new development/situation
(e.g. a Romani state is established in central Europe; A message from an alien civilisation existing on a distant planet is received and understood, etc.

Type of systems affected





please specify:
please select
Level 2: important for a particular world region
Level 4: important for the whole world

Latent phase

Obstacles for early indentification

information/communicational filters (media/editorial interests, language, reasoning)
cultural/religious filters (values, traditions, faith, spiritual beliefs)
economic filters (business/market interests)
scientific filters (knowledge/technology access)
political filters (party or ideological interests)
social filters (class, status, education level)

Manifestation phase

Type of manifestation

Very uncertain

Aftermath phase

Important implications
Emergence of a new system (e.g. new technologies, new paradigms)

Relevance for Grand Challenges

where? please justify:
particularly relevant Europe world
Ageing and other demographic tensions
Behavioural change
Coexistence and conflicts
Crime and terrorism
Education dynamics
Ethics and abuse of S&T
Governance and trust in democracy
Social exclusion & poverty
Social cohesion and diversity
Work-Life balance and mental health
Energy security/dynamics
Economic prosperity/dynamics
Innovation dynamics
Urban and rural dynamics
Sustainability and climate change
Water security/vulnerability

Relevance for thematic research areas

please justify:
particularly relevant
Environment (including Climate Change)
Social Sciences and Humanities

Pan-European strategies potentially helping to deal with the wild card

please justify:
particularly relevant
Improving researchers mobility and career development by, for example, realising a single labour market for researchers.
Strengthening research institutions and universities
Facilitating and promoting knowledge sharing and transfer
Increasing the efficiency and impact of public research through Joint Programming (i.e. combining national and pan-European research efforts) or the optimisation of research programmes and priorities, for example.

 Features of a research-friendly ecology contributing to deal with the wild card

For further information about 'research-friendly strategies' click here

please justify:
particularly relevant
Strengthening the actors in the research-friendly ecology
(i.e. Research funding organisations, universities, businesses, Research and Technology Organisations, Researchers and Citizens)
Creating a closer link between researchers & policy-makers
(e.g. supporting both thematic and cross-cutting policies, highlighting the strategic purpose of the European Research Area, etc.