DEBATE Thursday 22 of October from 20h to 21h30 at IED


Historically, the city has been known for offering opportunities. This has to do with the fact that cities bring together three fundamental characteristics: they attract a critical mass of people and resources, provide spaces for the emergence of fortuitous encounters between strangers, and varied infrastructure. In this panel discussion moderated by Ideas for Change, we will discuss how new technologies, citizen-driven collaborative modes of production, and open licenses can generate new infrastructure in cities and with them new opportunities for their inhabitants.


Javi Creus @javicreus
Javier Creus is the founder of Ideas for Change and the creator of @pentagrowth. Javier is considered to be one of the primary strategists and thought leaders in collaborative economy, open and P2P business models, citizen innovation and the networked society in Spain. Author of “the @pentagrowth report, the five levers of exponential growth”. Clients include Telefonica, Repsol, Leroy-Merlin, Transdev or Bristol City Council among others. He has been a freelance strategic planner, co founder of Digital Mood incubator and @kubik multidisciplinary space and services marketing professor at ESADE. Co-author of “We are not ants”. Advisor at Ouishare and Secretary of the Open Knowledge Foundation in Spain.


Mara Balestrini @marabales

Mara Balestrini is a partner and Director of Research at Ideas for Change where she consults on innovation, citizen engagement, and participatory technology interventions for cities. She has worked on citizen engagement strategies for smart city programmes with city councils (e.g. Barcelona, Bristol, London), corporations (Telefonica, Intel, Buro Happold), and startups. She is a PhD candidate at the Intel Collaborative Research Institute for Sustainable Connected Cities (ICRI-Cities) at University College London (UCL). She is also a member of the UCL Engineering Exchange, advisor at the Open Faculty, contributor to the Sharing Cities Network, and co-organiser of the Ouishare Collaborative Economy Research Network.


Tomas Diez Ladera

Tomas Diez is a Venezuelan-born urbanist, who specializes in digital fabrication and its implications on future cities. He is co-founder of the Smart Citizen project and StudioP52 in Barcelona, and director of Fab Lab Barcelona at IAAC, one of the main fabrication laboratories of the MIT global network. He is developing a new framework for cities to engage with digital fabrication and distributed sensing as urban development tools, to create positive social, economic and environmental impacts. He is a tutor in Design Products at the RCA.


Domenico de Siena

Domenico Di Siena is an Architect, Civic Designer and Researcher. He works to improve the cities and the territories we inhabit. He designs and develops processes and tools to help local authorities, organizations and universities to collaborate with citizens for the common good. He promotes a culture of collaboration with the use of new technologies for Situated Collective Intelligence processes, where citizens (re) become protagonists of the actions, which determine the identity, and character of the territory they inhabit. Domenico Di Siena founded the Urbano Humano agency that works on projects of Urban and Civic Innovation and is instigator of the community CivicWise that is generating openly and distributed the first consulting p2p platform for the promotion of participatory planning and processes for citizen empowerment.


Mauricio Cordova

Mauricio Cordova is an economist (LSE/UT Austin) with work experience at Intel Corporation and ten years running a small startup. Born originally in Peru, he haslived in Chile, the US, England, Germany and Spain. Thanks to the openness of the maker movement, he started this year the Faircap project, a small, low cost, portable water filter that can be screwed into any plastic bottle, trying to help solve the problem of access to clean water in developing countries. He is very interested in open collaborative spaces, open innovation for social and environmental causes, and skillsharing thru co-creation.