How does the Human Ecosystem work

How does the Human Ecosystem work

Human Ecosystems is a technological platform which was built to observe the digital lives of cities in real time, as it emerges from social networks, through the information that people constantly publish during their daily lives.


It is composed from 3 major building blocks:

  • the Relational Ecosystem of the City, in which we collect enormous quantities of public messages from social networks to understand, in each city, what people discuss, which emotions they express, where they are located, their movements across the city, their relationships, how they aggregate in emergent communities
  • the Real-Time Museum of the City, in which a beautiful interactive experience allows people to physically enter the real-time relational ecosystem of the city, and to find themselves within the city ecosystem, to observe their relations, and to ask questions to the city, to learn more about how people feel, express and perceive their environment and society;
  • the Human Ecosystems Laboratories, in which you can actually lear how to use the Human Ecosystem for your own purposes; schools wishing to provide your students the tools to become the citizens of the future, active and aware agents of their city; designers and enterprises wishing to create novel products and services; administrations wishing to learn more about their city, to obtain strategic information, or to engage large number of citizens in participatory actions; or even if you are a citizen looking for ways to self-organise with other fellow citizens to clean-up that park in your neighbourhood, or to create a project together; anyone can access the Lab, through workshops, mentorships, tutorials and classes.

Feel free to navigate through the links above to learn more.

Human Ecosystems is dedicated to multiple forms of research, and we constantly work with city administrations, universities, organisations and companies worldwide to explore the future of citizen activation and participation, by performing research, designing novel products and services, and by teaching people how to use the Human Ecosystem in their city.

We openly promote the adoption of a new type of Public Space in which Knowledge is a Common: we define this as Ubiquitous Commons.