The Fluid Society

Digital Democracy

On social media numerous discussions are taking place about the influence of Big Tech on society, about the danger of a digital ID that is supposedly being developed through the QR code, about a “Great Reset” that the World Economic Forum is advocating. The fact is that traditional society is being overrun by a digital… Continue reading Digital Democracy

Digital Utilities

This blog is the paragraph on “digital utilities” from the book “The Digital Challenge for Europe Exponential growth and dominance of tech giants There is a lot going on right now around the world’s major tech giants. Approximately 90% of the 70 largest Tech Giants operate from the US and China and dominate almost all… Continue reading Digital Utilities

Our thinking gets in the way of solutions

Politicians fail. Anyone who addresses problems in meetings that the world is currently struggling with, quickly comes up with the question to what extent people expect ‘politics’ to solve those problems. The recently published IPCC report, widely embraced by scientists and the public alike, is another good test case. The general answer to this question… Continue reading Our thinking gets in the way of solutions

Society in digital transformation

Reordering the world. The world is becoming more digital every day, to the extent that more and more transactions between people and organizations, as well as between organizations themselves, are taking place digitally. Digitalization is rearranging the world. Numerous new networks are created worldwide, through which organizations have contact with each other, do business with… Continue reading Society in digital transformation

Debunking Strategic Autonomy ; Paul Timmers

The article is reproduced with the author’s permission from Directions Cyber Digital Europe, 23 July 2021 Strategic autonomy continues to be “hot” in Brussels, Berlin and Paris. Not a week passes without a new policy proposal by the European Commission or a letter from a number of European Heads of State urging the strengthening of… Continue reading Debunking Strategic Autonomy ; Paul Timmers

Digital awakening

The positive side effect of the corona pandemic seems to be that many who were not yet convinced that humanity should radically change course, may now think differently. On top of the barely controllable climate crisis, unimaginable loss of biodiversity, overconsumption due to overpopulation, came the corona pandemic, which forced millions into a temporary domestic… Continue reading Digital awakening

Review by Indrasish Banerjee on “The Digital Challenge for Europe”

Originally published on Reedsy Discovery Loved it! 😍. Like me, if you are fond of making sense of a changing world through facts and arguments, this one is for you. Just like the industrial society had to be governed differently from the peasant society, the digital world increasingly demands other forms of governance. Traditional laws… Continue reading Review by Indrasish Banerjee on “The Digital Challenge for Europe”

The Digital Challenge for Europe

“The Digital Challenge for Europe”(including”The Fluid Society”) is available as an e-book from Apple Books, Google Books, Kindle, Kobo and The book with hard cover can be ordered via this website. “There is no doubt that the world is in an important phase of its evolutionary development” writes Herman Wijffels (Among other things, former… Continue reading The Digital Challenge for Europe

Review by Patrice Chazerand on “The Digital Challenge for Europe”

There is much to love in Peter Hagedoorn’s vision of a “Fluid Society”. There is also much to question. This is precisely what makes this reading so compelling. Europe’s self-inflicted woundsTake the “We-they” stance legitimately portrayed as blocking progress. But what else should we expect from sovereignty or national security raising their not-so-pretty heads around… Continue reading Review by Patrice Chazerand on “The Digital Challenge for Europe”

To build a better world after the COVID crisis …

To build a better world from the Covid crisis, we need a global push to connect the world’s young people Web Foundation · March 12, 2021 As the World Wide Web turns 32, Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee and Web Foundation Co-founder Rosemary Leith reflect on its power to catalyse change, and celebrate the young people stepping… Continue reading To build a better world after the COVID crisis …