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Our cities are life forms, but they have smaller brains than they need. To help our cities thrive we need to help them know themselves.



For cities to know themselves they need to be able to organize their thoughts. We’ve all been furiously learning how to play neuronal roles via our use of social media, MOOCs, etc..we need software tools that will collect, categorize, and reflect back the thoughts and opinions of the residents of communities, in fluid, interactive and ongoing manner.

Who will take these actions?

Stakeholders are all residents of a community. An open source software development effort would also be essential.

What are the projected costs?

There would need to be funding of the software development. This would best be accomplished through a grassroots fundraising effort. How much would you give to help your community develop consciousness?


Many years. Helping communities develop neocortical structures is going to take a while. Especially since we don’t yet know how to do this. There’s going to be a lot of trial and error.

About the author(s)

Fred Bartels is a retired educator who worked with computers throughout his career. He is passionately interested in helping communities evolve into better places for all their participants.

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Ayoola Adeogun

Jan 21, 2021


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I think your analogy is similar to the octopus' neural system in which each tentacle has its own brain. Creating a platform that allows for networking of people within neighbourhoods could prove to be very efficient during a crisis period. It's also similar to the way online communities freely provide information and support member. Neighbourhood forums can be formed within a defined radius and then networked across areas where are each is local, but also connected to see the big picture.


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