Human Ecosystems: New Haven


Citizens, artists, designers, activists and public administrations are, in fact, currently the only people without access to the information we produce across social networks. We produce it everyday with our online expressions but only social network operators, large corporations and secret services worldwide can access them. Human Ecosystems challenges that by capturing data and processing it to extract meaningful understandings of the many points of view in a city. It can teach citizens, students, researchers, designers, administrations, organizations and companies how to use this data in positive, interesting, participatory, civic, poetic and beautiful ways. 

This is our new Public Space. We should be able to access it. 
The Human Ecosystems project was created by the organization Art is Open Source (founded by Salvatore and his partner, Oriana Persico). The project has already been to Rome, Sao Paulo, Montreal, Toronto, Cairo, Istanbul and Hong Kong and in the next few years will move across the globe, generating scientific research, artwork, community projects, education projects, and participatory decision-making and policy shaping processes. Everything produced by Human Ecosystems NHV will be released as Open Source, so that they can be used freely by anyone in the community.
“My name is Salvatore Iaconesi, and I’m CEO and CTO of Human Ecosystems LTD in the UK and a 2014 Yale World Fellow. I arrived in New Haven. in August for a four month stay, and I have found the city incredible, with its campus, cultures and initiatives, with an energetic community and so many public spaces. But as with all cities in the world, it’s also a space of differences and distances. We’re trying to understand what opportunities for interconnection are being missed here.”  
“Our desire as humans is to interconnect: students, professors, researchers, New Haven’s diverse communities, cultures and organizations. We can learn, together, how to use the Digital Public Space to create awareness, shared knowledge, civic action, beauty and communal desire.
“This can be done through the Data, Information and Communication we produce and perform every day of our lives. We can learn and teach each other how to use and transform that data into artworks, services, designs and research in playful, serious, and often poetic ways.
“We can transform the many micro-histories lived each day of our lives into shared fragments of a diffused knowledge, which can be used as a tool to unite, interconnect and collaborate. I hope you will join me in creating this project for the City of New Haven!” 
Check out a video installation from Human Ecosystems Detroit to get an idea of what’s possible here: 

And another one from Sao Paulo

In learning how to use the system, you will be able to create art, data visualizations, generate information about the city and its overlapping, ever-connecting communities, conduct research about your town (and its hopes, fears, dreams needs and more), conceptualize innovative models and paradigms for management, urbanism, participatory decision making and more.  See for yourself with the following teaser: 

Salvatore and Oriana conducted the following workshops and presentations in New Haven. More to come:

Yale University’s Betts House | 393 Prospect Street  
November 8, 2014 | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
November 15, 2014  | 2:00pm - 5:00pm
The Grove New Haven | 760 Chapel Street 
November 18, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:30pm (geared towards entrepreneurs and startups)
November 20, 2014 | 5:30 - 7:30pm (geared towards developers and hackers) 
Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design | 15 Prospect Street | Becton Center 
November 16, 2014 | 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Yale School of Management | 165 Whitney Avenue
November 21, 2014 | 9:00am - 12:00pm | Room 2220

October 29, 2014 | The Grove New Haven | 760 Chapel Street | New Haven | 5:30pm
November 4, 2014 | Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design | 15 Prospect Street | 6:00pm
November 12, 2014 | Yale School of Architecture | 180 York Street | 6:00pm
November 13, 2014 | Yale School of Management | 165 Whitney Avenue | 11:30am - 1:00pm
November 13, 2014 | Italian Society of Yale Students and Affiliates | 6:00pm - 8:00pm

Hashtag us! 

Find and like the Human Ecosystems: New Haven page on Facebook

Find Salvatore on Twitter

HENHV in the New Haven Independent:

The New Haven Register:

On News 8 WTNH

In YaleNews

Salvatore, Oriana and #HENHV on WNPR’s Where We Live:

And in the Yale Herald:


Uma Ramiah, Director of Communications, Yale World Fellows | +1 203-432-1916