“It’s our city. Let’s fix it” por Alessandra Orofino (TED Talk)

Alessandra Orofino founded Meu Rio, Rio de Janeiro’s largest mobilization network, which is now expanding to the rest of the world. In her TED talk, she suggests: “It’s our city. Let’s fix it.” 

What this simple statement entails is profound: the citizen’s right to the digital city. The city is more than just a space governed by investments, policies and technology. It is a cultural shift in thinking that people have to be at the core of any smart city agenda. And urban dwellers ought to be enabled not only to actively participate in city-making, but also to lead such initiatives.

“Too often, people feel checked out of politics — even at the level of their own city. But urban activist Alessandra Orofino thinks that can change, using a mix of tech and old-fashioned human connection. Sharing examples from her hometown of Rio, she says: ‘It is up to us to decide whether we want schools or parking lots, recycling projects or construction sites, cars or buses, loneliness or solidarity’.”

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(Via TED)