Solidarity needs to be reinvented: To tune or not to tune to the rhythm of others, human and non-human, that is the question.

Caroline Nevejan

Chief Science Officer of the city of Amsterdam

Prof. dr. Caroline Nevejan is a researcher and designer who has been involved with the emerging network society and digital culture since the 1980’s. Nevejan is a regular presenter at national and international fora. She is an advisor to national and European policy makers.

Caroline Nevejan is professor by special appointment with the Amsterdam School for Social Science Research, University of Amsterdam (2018-2023). Her research is focused on Designing Urban Experience and she supervises 5 PhD candidates in this context.

As of 20th of March 2017 Caroline Nevejan has been appointed Chief Science Officer of the city of Amsterdam. The Chief Science Officer orchestrates research between the municipality of Amsterdam and the different scientific, academic and artistic universities in the city. With a small team she makes sure that civil servants and researchers can find each other and invent different new ways of working together.

Statement Caroline Nevejan:

Rhythm for well-being and survival

In rhythm we meet, work, dance, pray and rest. Regaining rhythm as society, as neighbourhood, as group of friends and as family  is a great challenge ahead of us. Rhythm is variation in a pattern in a given structure. The pandemic broke many patterns and rhythms were lost. Without rhythm we only hear noise or are faced with mechanical structures that make us tired and uncertain up to the point that we cannot rest anymore. 

In the times that come, we need to tune to people and beings we do not know and cannot meet. We need to reinvent solidarity in these times of climate change when local impact defines the future of all. To tune or not to tune to the rhythm of others, that is the question.

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