AMS Let’s Talk Solutions #2: Michael Shin

Let’s Talk Solutions! is a series of public lectures, hosted by AMS. The monthly talks are inspiring, critical and interactive. Through different topics we will explore concrete solutions for metropolitan challenges. Always bringing together engineering, entrepreneurship and Amsterdam. We cordially invite urban professionals and students, from Amsterdam and beyond! The Talk of Michael Shin is organised in special collaboration with the UvA Centre for Urban Studies.

Making the city smarter:
an experiment in civic engagement across Los Angeles

The premise and potential of the contemporary smart city rest upon the optimised integration of big data and ubiquitous technologies. Not all cities however are destined or equipped to become techno-utopias. What makes some cities become smart and others not? Moreover, what role does civic engagement play and how are citizens mobilised in order to take part in the smart city?

Civic engagement is recognised to be an important feature of smart cities, and more generally, an indicator of the quality of urban governance. Nonetheless, not all citizens are privileged or prepared enough to engage with or to benefit from the promise of the smart city. In this lecture, Shin evaluates the potential of text messaging to increase levels of civic engagement across Los Angeles, a city that is famous for its weather, freeways and political apathy. Making use of a geographic perspective, he frames and evaluates the results from a field experiment designed to mobilise citizens during the recent 2014 elections in Los Angeles. By offering insights into political indifference across Los Angeles, and testing replicable citizen mobilisation strategies, Shin will address fundamental questions surrounding civic engagement that are relevant to all cities smart or not.

About the Lecturer
Michael Shin is associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His research interests include political geography, urban geography, and the application and social implications of geospatial information technologies.

15:00 – 15:15 – Welcome by Jan Nijman (CUS) and Renee Hoogendoorn (AMS)
15:15 – 16:00 – Lecture by Michael Shin
16:00 – 16:15 – Discussion with discussants Daan Weddepohl (Peerby) and Justus Uitermark (UvA),  moderated by Jan Nijman
16:15 – 16:30 – Open discussion moderated by Jan Nijman
16:30 – 17:00 – Drinks

Discussants and moderator
Daan Weddepohl, Dutch entrepreneur of Amsterdams based start-up Peerby, will give a first reaction on the lecture of Michael Shin. Daan was the first to create a local borrowing marketplace for goods that has real traction.

Justus Uitermark is associate professor of Sociology at the UvA and part of the research group Dynamics of Citizenship and Culture within the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR) and the Centre for Urban Studies (CUS). His research is located on the intersection of urban studies and political sociology.

Jan Nijman is a Professor of Urban Studies and the founding Director of the Centre for Urban Studies at the UvA and will moderate this session. He spent more than two decades of his professional career in the United States and has over 15 years of research experience in India. His expertise is in urban theory and comparative urbanism with special interests in Amsterdam, Miami, and Mumbai.

Free, followed by drinks.
Please register via: mentioning ‘Lecture Michael Shin’

For more information about the lecture series: Let’s Talk Solutions Calendar