Anticipatory Public Budgeting

A new report on public budgeting co-authored at Demos Helsinki for the Global Innovation Council. The report is available here

A statement by TELT and Demos Helsinki for the Mediterranean Corridor of the TENT-T network

A statement co-authored with Tunnel Euralpin Lyon Turin for cross-border sustainable transport. Upon our imminent return to a world connected through travel, we have to face the challenge of respecting the environment while also supporting the transport industry. TELT, the French-Italian public promoter of the cross-border section of the freight and passenger railway line Lyon-Turin, joined…

From smart to people-first cities

The pandemic has disrupted and reconfigured urban life. What is the potential for shifting to a people-first lens for urban transformation? Damiano Cerrone from Demos Helsinki and John Hadaway from SPIN Unit highlight and interpret the signals of change they are seeing.

Land Cover of Early Life Environment Modulates the Risk of Type 1 Diabetes

The study suggests that exposure to an agricultural environment (comprising nonirrigated arable land, fruit trees and berry plantations, pastures, natural pastures, land principally occupied by agriculture with significant areas of natural vegetation, and agroforestry areas) early in life is inversely associated with the risk of type 1 diabetes. This association may be mediated by early…

Building Vitality – Regenerative Construction

A white paper co-created with YLVA to lay out a vision of regenerative urban development that challenges and redefines the human-nature dichotomy. We should strive towards it for our self-interest. Science indicates so, and it is our moral obligation as members of this planet. Achieving this vision implies refusing the normal to re-imagine, experiment, learn…

The future of work in the Smart City

Moderated by Alex Irwin-Hunt, Global Markets Editor and co-host of Rising Ecosystems Podcast at fDi Intelligence We will discuss the future of work and how this differs for smart cities versus cites less focused on urban technology. Will urban tech solutions trigger better ‘liveable city solutions’ for people working, as well as for those living…

City Experiment Fund Webinar series: Humble governance: addressing complex challenges through a networked model

We are currently facing substantial societal challenges, such as climate change, polarization, and racial tensions. We believe that the only way forward is to collectively strive towards increasingly humble public governance, in which broad collaboration and collective learning build trust. Humility begins with an acknowledgement of our own fallibility. In a context characterized by great…

Next Stop: Make transportation work for people

It’s 2021. The transportation sector needs to pay attention to one of the elephants in the room of our times: equality and how power imbalances became embedded in cities and regions’ transit services. One of the tangible consequences of the status quo is the upholding of invisible barriers that hold back a just and equitable…

People First @ MAJA architecture magazine

The People-first vision is a new perspective to how cities can govern and benefit from digital technologies in the global urban age, by developing people’s rights and technologies in harmony. It is the result of a collaboration process of the Nordic think tank Demos Helsinki and the four biggest cities of Finland: Espoo, Helsinki, Tampere,…

The future of shrinking cities

The report for the Estonian Ministry of Finance is not out. This is a nearly year long process to map population shrinkage in Estonia utilising novel datasets. I will soon update this post with a summary in English and more information is also available on the website of the Ministry.

Unfinished city, group exhibition @ Museum of Estonian Architecture

A group exhibition at the Estonian Museum of Architecture named “Unfinished City. Tallinn’s urban visions ”, open from Jan 22nd to March 25th 2021. Visitors to the exhibition will get an overview of Tallinn’s urban planning challenges and problems, and hopefully also an answer to the question of whether Tallinn will be transformed into a…

Towards regenerative cities @ Tampere smart city week.

Regenerative thinking is part of an ecological narrative where human and natural systems evolve together. People see themselves as part of an ecosystem and their actions enrich, reinforce and refurbish their living environment. It’s about finding the right balance between our growth ambitions and the one-earth boundaries. The regenerative cities narrative is about transforming urban…

Interview @ Estonian E-Residency program

From time to time though, a leap forward is catalysed by unforeseen external events, and as e-resident Damiano Cerrone, an Italian based in Finland — consultant at Demos Helsinki, Researcher at Tampere University, and Co-Founder at SPIN Unit — explained, the global health crisis of 2020 is part of an ongoing cycle of change. More on Medium

FIN/EST data-art at Wild Mazzini

Exhibition of digital cartographies in Turin at Wild Mazzini gallery for the Torino Graphic Days 2019 – I’ll be present for the opening on September then 26th. During the Torino Graphic Days, Wild Mazzini exhibited two cartographies I co-produced with Jesus at SPIN Unit about the digital footprint of Helsinki and Tallinn. We gathered all…

Talk @ World Summit on the Digital Built Environment

During the coming few months we are going to experience a new urban transformation driven by novel acceleration schemes and industrial innovations. This is far from unprecedented as we have faced similar crisis about twice every century. The upcoming stimulus packages will boost new planning and building practices that will require the development of new…