Do you still live in the present or already in the future? How will we live in the future, how are we mobile, how will urban and rural structures develop, whole regions and the habits of the people living there? Yes, how will we live? How will our life, our education and our everyday life be structured?
Co-Working has become a kind of fashion. One imagines rooms that one rents temporarily. And of course there’s a table football and good coffee. But it’s actually much more than that. There is a deeply developed structure behind good co-working. And not only with a wide range of office services. There are co-working spaces for specific industries. For example, food start-ups settle in a space … right through to legal advice and the mediation of investors, and in the meantime support in company building has also become part of this. In this way, completely new constructs are created, which in their entirety are suddenly larger than existing market sizes. And we are not only talking about the so-called “West”. Asia, Africa, India, huge structures are being created here on this basis – and extremely quickly and perfectly adapted to the respective needs of consumers. By the way, there are also places where so-called crypto-currencies are no longer a foreign word, because in many regions of the world they are more stable or secure than regional conventional currencies. Even the United Nations is paying micro-farmers with them and thus bringing them back into, no, not ours, but a new global economic system with increasingly new structures and paths.
But we came from co-working. What about co-living? It’s a much bigger market in itself. And we’re not just thinking of temporarily rented apartments as they already exist today. In the future, families will no longer share the newly built terraced housing estates, but living space in urban or suburban regions. They will enjoy the fact that their children will find other children there, that there will also be rest areas, that everyone can be with or without children, that educational opportunities will partly be offered in co-living spaces, that medical care will be available locally. New infrastructures are being created, which are possible because digital technology enables a doctor to take photos of the skin with a smartphone and check which skin disease might be present here using artificial intelligence. Of course, the elderly will also benefit from co-living – incidentally, they will no longer be pushed into retirement and thus into social insignificance, as is the case today, but will remain, according to their possibilities, a valuable part of society. These new digital structures and possibilities will also create a new social ethic in broad areas.
In this way, gigantic new “systems” are emerging. It is not simply a matter of changing a few habits. Copenhagen, with its largely new urban infrastructure, is way ahead of the rest of Europe. Over 60% of daily traffic is carried by bicycle. Bicycle paths are partly heated with industrial waste heat so that they can be used in bad weather (this includes avoiding splashing water when it rains). Subway trains run every 2 minutes and that autonomously and thus almost completely without delay … all this means that any further processes in our everyday life can change more quickly! But even Copenhagen is only the beginning.
“80% of our everyday life changes – that’s 80% chance to make it better.”
One of the biggest problems is indeed urban housing, which is the slowest to develop. Cities have been optimized for industrial processes in over 100 years. Efficient structures for industrial processes. People should be brought close to their workplaces, start families. For this purpose, living space has been developed and laid out in an urban grid. All this is now being questioned, because digital processes no longer need these structures. Transport systems can still be converted, but real estate? Here too, Copenhagen is making progress. Its goal is to relocate its center. A bit down to the right, towards Nordhafen. New housing concepts are being developed here, some of them already in co-living structures, but also with artificial intelligence that suggests the optimal neighborhood when people move in and connects people with each other. In this way, new social structures are created in urban areas that lead to more togetherness, a significantly lower crime rate and more social interaction and balance. And to an infinite number of new business and social models that build on this.
The future lives differently! However, we cannot shape it in the future, but only today. That means: only what we do today will have an effect on the future and will influence it positively (I hope so). So we must not wait for the future, but we must understand that our future is being shaped right now. By each of us, by each organization, each company, each political institution and many more. We therefore need clear scenarios where we want to go.
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