Storytelling by Motorbike

The Changing Gears Expedition is a research and storytelling project about how cities and businesses use digitalization to accelerate change for positive impact on society. The aim is to collect common challenges, discover trends and share solutions in order to accelerate change and help shaping a positive future.


Arthur Lankester (Researcher and Storyteller)

As Business Intelligence manager and Innovation Consultant I worked with new digital technologies and used models, data and analytics to enhance product innovation, efficiency and speed. However, I learnt that excluding cross-stakeholder collaboration hinders digitalization from reaching its full potential. I believe that storytelling, personal stories about motives and concerns, is the catalyst for cross-stakeholder collaboration and helps to maximize the value derived from digitalization.

Why the Changing Gears Expedition?

Travelling from city to city through Europe, Middle East and Asia by motorbike is an adventurous journey. The same is for cities, citizens and business today as they are on a journey, too. They have to consider why and how digital becomes an integrated part of their daily lives.

“Life is about the people you meet, and the things you create with them. So go out and start creating”

The aims of this expedition is to identify trends, share learnings and inspire people. The outcome is free accessible online best-practices catalogue with inspiring stories for professionals and citizens with real-life examples to shape a positive future.

Pavlo Odnonozdriev (Story editor and Videographer)

A few years ago, I discovered the world of digital art: photography, and then videography. And I cannot put into words how much running around with a camera, coming up with project ideas, writing scripts, and doing all the editing mean to me, for they allow me to share thoughts and feelings in a more cohesive way. I absolutely admire videos that have a soul. That is why whenever I am working on a project different from a simple coverage of an event, I do my best to put a message in the video, to match beautiful videography with thought-provoking words.

Life is not just about finding yourself. It is about changing, too. Day by day. Insensibly and inevitably.

This journey we are embarking on will give us a deeper involvement and understanding of the environments our cities can become and how it can shape our lives. I am excited to be sharing the stories about change and what impact it can have on our daily routines as well as on the entire planet.

Micheline Logan (Journalist)

I fell in love with the Smart City concept when working at our national power utility in South Africa. We live in a critical time where we have the choice to save or destroy our planet and only a few years to do it, but I am optimistic about the future. Active citizenry and the sharing economy will mitigate the over-consumption of our remaining resources.