meshed society

Society is transforming from the hierarchies of the industrial age to the peer meshes of the Internet age

The Internet and the World Wide Web (WWW) have transformed so much of society. While the Internet provides general-purpose connectivity that can be applied to many problems, the WWW specifically uses that connectivity to enable every person to potentially connect with every other person. Together, they have created a new medium for industry, business and society.

They have also created a new topology for relationships, replacing the hierarchies of the industrial age with a connected mesh of peers for the Internet age. The result is the meshed society, where citizens assume they will always be connected to the people and resources they need without their interactions being controlled by intermediaries.

The meshed society is severely disruptive to traditional, hierarchical models based on leveraging control points. Business models and political movements have both faced challenges from self-organising groups of citizens and then from new movements organising individuals into new ways of interacting.

The first wave of disruption impacted the music industry and the financial industry, with subsequent waves gradually extending further and further into society, including the property industry. As indicated by recent disruptions in the taxi sphere (Uber et al), transportation is not immune.

The needs of modern society are changing the use of contemporary transport solutions in cities around the world. Transport is a derived demand and reflects social needs and changes such as: more flexible working patterns; more individualistic living patterns; an ageing society; increases in urbanisation; services that reflect personal ambitions; and the desire for clean and sustainable urban environments.

We are currently working with Tech North to create a meshed society for the Northern Digital Powerhouse. Download Report Here.