Special Issue "Utopia and the 5th Wave Theory: Urban 6.0 as a Solution for Today’s Challenges and Tomorrow’s Crises"

A special issue of Urban Science (ISSN 2413-8851).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Prof. Dr. Hamid Doost Mohammadian
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Guest Editor
Department of Business and Economics, University of Applied Sciences (FHM), Bielefeld, Germany
Interests: sustainability; modeling; blue-green urban plan; industry 4.0; IoT; digitalization; clean economy; international management; vocational training, education, business; CSR; SME management; cultural dimensions; 5th wave/tomorrow age theory; future studies
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

A utopia is an imagined community, society or urban space that possesses highly desirable or nearly perfect qualities for its citizens.

The 5th wave theory forecasted a crisis at the edge of tomorrow, which has led to the creation of communities, societies, cities, and businesses founded on high technologies, IoT, and on appropriate business strategies concerned with sustainability which can create new concepts and new businesses, societies, and cities which are capable of tackling future concerns. These are commonly known as “Tomorrow’s Society and Business” and “Super-Intelligent Society”, and they function in a super-intelligent business environment.

Another theoretical basis is the “i-sustainability plus theory”, which is made up of the trinity open innovation, sustainability, and 4.0 smart high technologies, e.g., digitization and ubiquitous and super-intelligent society (Society 6.0).

This construct, which includes the idea of a sustainable ubiquitous and smart society and city, is evaluated as a new idea of urban living in tomorrow’s business, and societies entitled URBAN 6.0 (Prof. Dr. Hamid Doost Mohammadian, 2019).

The theoretical basis for this approach is diverse, but the focus lies on the 5th wave theory, which has various implications: (1) business with environmental responsibility including a focus on blue-green sustainability; (2) business with social cohesion; and (3) business with economic efficiency (Figure 1).

Figure 1. Business with focus on 3D socioecoenvironment (Doost, 2019).

It is critical to focus not only on profit optimizing but also on sustainability and CSR for the environment and saving of resources.

The 5th wave theory concentrates on the readiness to change into the new age that we are just entering. Within this project, the applicant aims to implement readiness strategies and design a future scenario to apply these theories and evaluate the results to design empirical investigation from my theoretical approaches (cf. on 5th wave theory). The 5th wave theory is designed to: (1) forecast; (2) prevent; and (3) face the post-sustainability impact of today’s social challenges and tomorrow’s urbans shocks using (a) open innovation, (b) implementation, (c) development, and (d) application of these technologies to provide a blue-green sustainability and digital readiness and recovery strategies with the CSR approach (e.g., for the Urban 6.0, SME 5.0 in Industry 5.0, and the super-intelligent society entitled Society 6.0).

This urban development aims to make the world a better place to live in with a high blue-green sustainability impact for business and life toward a utopia with a focus on equality in such categories as economics, government, and justice, with the method and structure of proposed implementation varying based on ideology. A utopia's nature is inherently contradictory because societies are not homogeneous and have desires which conflict and therefore cannot simultaneously be satisfied.

In getting the world back on its feet, with environmental responsibility, social cohesion, and economic efficiency for investments, cohesion is crucial to ensure a balanced recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and make sure that no one is left behind. With the REACT-EU initiative, we want to extend the crisis response and repair measures to the most affected sectors and regions. Specifically, this initiative will help us to: (1) reinforce the health care system; (2) support affected citizens by creating jobs for them; (3) enhance basic services for citizens; and (4) make the world economies more resilient and sustainable.

Prof. Dr. Hamid Doost Mohammadian
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • utopia
  • 5th wave theory
  • Urban 6.0
  • today’s challenges
  • tomorrow’s crises
  • CSR
  • i-sustainability plus theory
  • community
  • IoT
  • Business 5.0
  • Society 6.0

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