The Fluid Society

The Fluid Society

The concept of ‘the fluid society’ represents the unfolding digital society, which will inevitably be organised differently than the current one. It involves more global digital collaboration, in numerous contexts. This is not only desirable, but also necessary to master the major challenges of our time. These collaborations will increasingly happen digitally, as it is more efficient, cost-effective, and sustainable. A different way of thinking is required to overcome the major disparities between people and cultures and to achieve harmony with a healthy nature and living environment. To provide people with new social stability. The current state of the world emphatically calls for holistic, inclusive, long-term thinking that must prevail over the present national, egocentric, and short-term thinking. If we can achieve this, there are good prospects for everyone. On this website, blogs are posted, news items are placed, links are provided, and books and articles are discussed that address this future fluid society.”

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The Digital Challange for Europe

The book “The Digital Challenge for Europe” is published in 2021 and contains a large amount of information and ideas about the fluid society that is unfolding. Besides analyzing the effects of digitalization on people and humanity, the book also addresses the major issues that governments are now struggling with as a result of digitalization effects. Which forms of governance could possibly offer a solution to master the many issues that are nowat stake? The book in particular focusses on the position of Europe versus the US and China.

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Peter Hagedoorn was the first CIO of the year in 2005. He has had a long career with Shell, the government and VP and CIO with multinationals. Now he has written a beautiful book called “The Fluid Society”. In just a few decades, “the economy” and “society” have been digitized. Every citizen can know at any time what is happening (anywhere in the world) and is ‘online’ 24/7.
Rob Beijleveld
In just a few decades, “the economy” and “society” have been digitized. Every citizen can know at any time what is happening (anywhere in the world). All this has enormous effects on the way in which societies function. The physical world is no longer the most important thing, but the digital world is actually the world in which more and more people are literally working and partly living.
Marco Derksen
Digitaal strateeg/ ondernemer/ docent
We are in the process of making a major shift from classical society to digital society. This transition is a phase transition. Peter Hagedoorn compares this in his book with the transition from ice (solid, structure) to water (liquid, fluid, mobile). The problem is that administrators and policymakers think it will all find its place and they just can stick to the old structures. That can’t go well for long.
Nico Jong
Senior advisor Communication research

Peter Hagedoorn

Peter Hagedoorn is trained as a physics engineer and has followed a career in which he has worked alternately for the public sector and business. He worked for Shell, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Bull-Netherlands, RAET, Hagemeyer and Océ. He was Director of the Millennium Platform. He was the founder and first chairman of the CIO-Platform Nederland, in which capacity he was also on the Board of the European CIO Association. He was later appointed Secretary General of this organization.