PICNIC Festival 2012 — New Ownership: The Shift from Top Down to Bottom Up

“We live at a moment when the entire structure of power that held the world together is now disintegrating. And this is happening at every level of society.” Citing Alvin Toffler’s 1990 book “The Powershift”, PICNIC is focusing on how connected technology is empowering people to drive change on a personal, business and global scale. While the Internet has increased our knowledge of issues we care about and social media is providing us with a sense of agency, a new notion of ownership has emerged.

This mega trend unfolds against a backdrop of rapidly declining trust in the traditional institutions and businesses that held our world together, including governments, financial institutions, health care and education. People are taking matters back into their own hands, resulting in iconic examples of self-organization like the Arab Spring uprisings and Occupy, but also the growing demand for transparency as persued through open government, democracy 3.0 and the intensifying privacy debate in the battle for data. PICNIC Festival 2012 investigated, together with its partners and friends, what New Ownership means and what new opportunities it offers for our personal lives, society, business and planet.

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The participants have spoken

Thanks to the hundreds of 2012 Festival participants who took the time to share their opinions. Read a short summary of their responses.

  • Majority of participants continue to work in the creative industries: mostly in technology, media, agencies, artists and designers
  • Number of professionals responsible for innovation and strategy development jumped by 21%
  • Almost 50% of participants work for a start up or SME
  • Most international participants came from UK, Germany, France, Brazil and Spain
  • Most participants attended PICNIC for ideas and inspiration, followed by business opportunities, social innovation opportunities, career and professional development and personal growth
  • Of those who came to PICNIC primarily for business opportunities, most said the most immediate benefits were related to developing new partnerships, generating sales leads, connecting with talent and spotting new technology and networking
  • Most highly rated speakers: Tim O’Reilly (one of the founders of the open source movement), George Dyson (technology historian and philosopher), Mike Lee (initiator of Appsterdam), Daan Roosegaarde (artist and crossover maverick)
  • And most importantly, 90% would recommend the Festival to their colleagues, friends and network!