A critical approach to ICT to support participatory development of people centered smart learning ecosystems and territories

  • Carlo Giovannella STF Dept. Tor Vergata University of Rome and Creative Industries - CRR
  • Matthias Rehm Dept. of Architecture, Design & Media Technology Aalborg UNiversity
Keywords: People Centered Smart Cities, Techno-ecosystem for smart communities, Smart Learning ecosystems, flow state, system smartness, social capital


This contribution aims at fostering a collaborative effort by relevant stakeholders - policy makers, entrepreneurs, researchers, teachers, students, etc. – to critically explore the role of ICT in supporting a participatory development of people-centered "smart" learning ecosystems, able to produce social capital and to drive social innovation and territorial development. All this assuming that: a) it can help in identifying the driving factors that in the past have produced time and space singularities (eg. Renaissance, Belle Epoque, Big Deal, etc.) capable to attract people to experience a collective state of "flow”; b) the smartness of a learning ecosystems is strongly correlated with that of its region of reference; c) smartness is an emergent property of any entity that interacts with ICT infrastructures but is not fully determined by this latter. Unavoidably, all this also implies a reflection on the interplay between globality and locality and, as well, virtuality and physicality. 


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How to Cite
Giovannella, C., & Rehm, M. (2015). A critical approach to ICT to support participatory development of people centered smart learning ecosystems and territories. Aarhus Series on Human Centered Computing, 1(1), 2. https://doi.org/10.7146/aahcc.v1i1.21325
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