Sustainable practices as a strategy to living under uncertainty

Our societies and our economies are struggling to transform in response to the climate crisis with the speed and intent that the rapidly deteriorating environmental situation requires. Resistance to change is invoked as one of the reasons for the slow adoption of new sustainable practices. In this paper, we argue that the transition to sustainable … Continue reading


How Smart Citizens live

(as published by the Royal Society for the Arts) As visions for Smart Cities gather momentum it is becoming clear that one of the major goals of urban areas will be to use data and technology to optimise cities’ resources and assets.  Smart Citizens are already around us and are relating to their cities’ resources … Continue reading

The future of work

  I argue for a collective answer to the instability and uncertainty of work in the IPPR’s book Technology, globalisation and the future of work in Europe: essays on employment in a digitised economy.   When thinking of the future of work, automation and robotisation are often invoked as probable scenarios which will lead to the … Continue reading

At the roots of collective intelligence

Our workshop At the Roots of Collective Intelligence. On the 15th October 2015 our group Collective Intelligence at Nesta and The Human Mind Project brought together experts from the social and cognitive sciences, public policy and information analysis, to discuss what makes groups smart, and how collaborative platforms can generate results that individual agents cannot achieve on their own. … Continue reading

The challenge of developing a governance models for collective intelligence

A blogpost for The MacArtur Foundation Research network on Opening Governance Collective intelligence often refers to the process by which large groups of individuals pool their knowledge, data and skills to contribute in solving societal issues. By inputting environmental or clinical data, mapping territories, discussing and voting, coding and writing, citizens can contribute their knowledge … Continue reading

Predicting collective knowledge production

A blog post about predicting collective knowledge production Thinking back 15 years it was nearly impossible to imagine that most people’s daily routines would include the production and sharing of pictures, videos and texts.  As a researcher who was already observing emerging digital practices in those years, I have to confess that I was blind to the potential … Continue reading

Collective Intelligence how does it emerge

My Nesta report on the mechanisms of collective intelligence written with Mattia Gallotti of University of London. Key findings: Collective intelligence emerges when there is a balance between technology, governance and joint goals. Collaboration builds on our cognitive capabilities to think as we and have joint intensions. Technology should make visible the assemblages of information and … Continue reading

Intimacy at Work

In my revised english edition   Intimacy at Work LeftCoast Press 2015, I discuss how precariousness and personal digital communication go hand in hand. Dealing with fragmented professional trajectories and unforeseeable economic conditions is expected to increasingly become the norm for most people relying on work income rather than capital. While professional and economic instability is neither … Continue reading