In recent years there have been several attempts to define paradigms that are different or partially different from the analytical one. Research is still in an exploratory phase, but enough useful hints are available to start building prototype systems to face the challenge of supporting young people in the process of creating and transmitting digital culture.
Upstream of the first edition of the "Crowddreaming: young people co-create digital culture" competition, some working hypotheses have been taken up, in order to select a new paradigm and to test it on the field.
The creation and transmission of digital culture is a problem that falls within the field of change management.
By the very nature of a change process there is never a definitive solution and every intermediate solution is different from the one assumed at the beginning of the path before having been changed.
The process of creating and managing digital culture is too complex for it to be defined in a top-down manner by a planning team. Human, economic and especially time resources are insufficient. Quoting prof. Otto Scharmer of MIT "we must be able to learn from the future as it emerges" with a holistic approach to problems.
A holistic approach makes it difficult, if not impossible, to guarantee the independence between observer and observed phenomenon. This condition must not be necessary for the new paradigm to work.
A holistic approach must leave aside the necessary identification of the components of a phenomenon and their relationships. Therefore, even the description of the roles of individuals and their specific competences must not be a necessary condition for the new paradigm to work.
A holistic approach tends to obfuscate the internal transactions of the system, which however are the main mechanism in an analytical logic for the identification and monetization of the generated value. Given that economic sustainability is a fundamental factor, alternative monetization mechanisms must be studied.
There is no separation between the digital and objectual dimensions of reality: they are two seamlessly connected systems.
The products of digital representation techniques of reality are material and consume energy.
The processes of transmission of digital culture over time are extremely delicate and require uninterrupted attention from the community that generates them.
The transformative power of digital technologies requires the development of a high social sensitivity to ethically guide the choices they imply.