Whether you’ve moved to a new town, started a new pursuit or interest, are visiting, or just want to make some new friends, smart cities can help you connect with like-minded people and find places of interest. Because smart cities are social cities, social innovations will be among the most profound and long-term smart city innovations. After all, without its people, cities aren’t alive.
A thriving social infrastructure is needed to improve the quality of human interaction in the homes, streets, and neighborhoods of a city, and across the city as a whole.
In a world where smart cities mainly seem to focus on technological innovations that increase the efficiency of resources, improve the effectiveness of transportation, and enhance our sense of security, the “social city” concept is one that deserves more attention. Our communities are already social places. How can digital capabilities support social behavior already common in place, and how can it support new behaviors?