Following my previous post about Design in Life, I’ll share my experience as a participant in the mobility workshop that took place in the afternoon (along with the other ones: life, city and sustainability).
Dominique Levent and Georges Amar took us on a real journey through the mobility issues:
Georges started by defining mobility as something diametrically opposite to transport. Transport, he says, is “lost time” while mobility is “re-found time” in the way that people can do something (or not).
For example, if you take the smart phone, you realize you can get in touch with friends during your daily bus trip to your workplace. This is what Georges meant: “mobility is about going out and meeting people”.
So they went on and talked about the concept of “smart mobility” which is about giving people the ability or the knowledge so that they can manage their time. It can be a schedule, a map, a transport station, some information about your friends geographically close to you, etc.
My favorite example was definitely the Pedibus. It’s a crazy concept which works just like a bus… without the actual bus! There are defined stops and schedules, a specified way and a driver. But you walk! Crazy right?
As long as it serves its users, every invention is worth it. In the case of the Pedibus, one goal might have been to bond between passengers.
This example leads to the conclusion that mobility has to get mixed “physically and digitally” with other fields’ ideas.
So of course we wanted to be part of the thing and, to get ideas, we all brainstormed to add new features, values and so on to the mobility experience.
Obviously it would be tough to describe every idea we had but let’s say that our core values are: human ties, networks (of energy, information, people, etc.) spirituality and pleasure, among others.
These were then drawn by some of the participants …
So what do you think? Any mobility issue you’d tackle?