Day 0 – Mobility Project – Why do you move?

Up early for Day 1.  Noble intentions to blog last night crashed in face of jet lag following great ‘food truck party’ in hotel parking lot. 

But to start yesterday, we met up as a Mobility Project team for task 1 – what question are we trying to answer?  Lots of good discussion for grounding.  Mobility – what is it… does it include mobile phones as well as cars and bikes?  Easy to converge on concepts that mobility includes both movmement of physical stuff (people, goods), and virtualizable information (ideas, money).  In many cases, substitution can enable tradeoffs (telecommuting), in others, not so much (did my new book come in the mail yet). 

Interesting aspects of the scope and scale of movement – across vs up/down, within 20 ft, across town, across the planet.  Wonder what a trace-plot of that would like for each of us?  How would  our physical and virtual movements connect within ourselves and with each other.  Sense that the magic may lie in the ‘last mile’, especially in increasingly dense urban settings. 

Overall, a sense not so much of making the whole world smaller, but in making each of our *worlds* smaller… or maybe it’s about making ‘me’ bigger?  How can we connect across the virtual to solve a physical problem – a car or a hammer not in use?  What would viable business models look like? 

In the end, feels like the trend is about making it easier for each of us to bring 2 or more things together as fast as possible (instantly) as cheap as possible (free).

So in the end, an overarching question about how do we facilitate mobile, using social methods, in order to make our worlds more local.

But also an interesting question still worth peeling back… why do we move?  Fairly easy to map possibilities to our old friend Maslow, but Udayan makes the point that more specificity might be interesting.  My favorite new answers from food truck party chats last night:  because we’re made to (biology), and because it changes our perspectives (neurology).

Will be interesting to thread it back together at our next chat this morning.  Meanwhile, why do you move?

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One Comment on “Day 0 – Mobility Project – Why do you move?”

  1. jodyturner Says:

    Thank you for this great run down beautifully captured! It was all that with extra good descriptors added in.

    If I could add anything in I would add: Fast+Cheap+Quality, which is really value driven or what is valuable in life. Today the macro trends are ever present with us from climate to global to personal economic stress. We want it all, fast and cheap and yet we all have this modern malaise, a mass dissatisfaction – Which is why quality of life must be included in all we do even if it seems to be in contrast to other desires.


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