What's up Budapest? - subjective summary

Mindspace has launched „What is up?”, a series of 10 discussion in the frame of Shared Cities: Creative Momentum project. We aimed to target citizens who needed a little inspiration to think outside of the recent global issues and challenging political environment. This only is not enough to change the world, but gave some ideas to kick-start:

TRUST YOURSELF media tries to influence us left and right and we tend to select the source which is the closest to our own beliefs anyway. It takes courage and time to dig deep, read all aspects and to try to look further and seek the motivation behind an article. It is time to be critical and ask questions. This will help minimize suggestibility and to trust more yourself.

STOP WHINING! Is it easy? No. Is it good enough reason for not doing it? Definitely not. So even if the given environment is not the most desirable, we have to know that our future is in our hands. If we don’t want to do anything to make things better, it will not change.

The LACK OF FAITH blocks and negatively affects the collective thinking, the acceptance of each other and joint actions. A reason for this can be that the society is traumatized. Hungarians doesn’t not trust until they get comforted in a situation, while e.g. in the Netherlands or in the USA citizens trust until they are betrayed. We tend to accept unsuccessfulness from the beginning with and it is a very significant difference and „saves” Hungarians from experimenting and experiencing. While we should accept that our goals and skills could improve together with the challenges.

CRITICAL MASS, SPARKLING EYES it takes courage to stand behind our opinions and to be able to share them. Facilitation and community planning offer great solution for this. Everyone’s opinion matters and enables us to see the full picture. We have to pay attention to each other with patience and respect. Many great initiations fail as they want to change people’s opinion instantly instead of considering them. If we disclose people who don’t agree fully with our aims, we will not be able to share our valuable thoughts with enough people. And if that happens, we will not have the critical mass to move forward our cause.

ECONOMICALLY SUISTAINABLE MODEL the Hungarian civil organizations tend to struggle economically, while the profit oriented companies happened to be poorer in temperance or leading by example. There are new approaches emerging which question the sovereignty of capitalist development. According to the new economic model, the spending of given percentage of the profit is decided by a community. This can lead to a more conscious, socially more equal and economically and environmentally a more sustainable solution.

The radically changing field of TECHNICAL INNOVATION might seem dizzying for many of us, as human brain has a finite capacity of accepting new information. Technology knows no borders and we cannot predict how it will change the future of smart cities in the next 20 years.

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Text: Emese Nánási
Photo credit: Győző Horváth
Published: 04.10.2017.