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Contactless Sociability and Hybrid Communities of Place

By Desis Network

April 13, 2020

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Ezio Manzini is founder of Desis Network.

What will the world be like after the COVID-19 crisis? It will certainly be different. But how?

In Italy, the first days after the issuance of the "all at home" decree, we all saw flash mobs of people on the balconies: driven by the desire to feel less isolated, they appeared on their balconies to sing and play together. They are more than a moving expression of humanity. They indicate one possibility: that of inhabiting a hybrid physical-digital space.

This same possibility emerged in (numerous though less flashy) other initiatives. They are examples of a contactless sociality, which solves problems using the network and physical proximity. A sociality cultivating a network of relationships that, after the crisis, could evolve into hybrid communities of place. That is, communities capable of living in both the physical and the digital space.

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