Router, 2008

Where does the economy provide room for me? We are told that it is about finding a job that fits your profile. But is it? What if I have ideas, ambitions or skills that no one has poured into a job description yet? Can I look for my place based on what I want and what I am able do?

That’s what City Mine(d) thought, and it built the Router. The Router is a wooden box with 7 buttons above which 7 questions are asked. The user is asked to place the buttons on the answer that best fits her or his idea. When all questions have been answered, a ball is put in the top of the Router and lands on one of the eight possible positions at the bottom.

The seven questions are choices between the following oppositions: 1) I want to give something to the world with this idea OR I want to get the maximum out of this idea for all those involved.

2) I want pleasure with this idea OR I want success with this idea

3) This idea is political OR This idea is creative

4) This idea is about changing OR This idea is about sharing

5) This idea is for expression OR This idea is for invention

6) I want a laugh from this idea OR I want a link from this idea

7) This idea is for glory OR This idea is for money

Which leads to 7 types of ideas:

  • business idea
  • fame idea
  • socialising idea
  • fun idea
  • pioneering idea
  • arts idea
  • teaching idea
  • world changing idea

After its first use in London in January 2008, the Router was re-used at several places in London, and in different Belgian cities.

With a different interface the Router also served for the Pacco-test, for greener consumption and for candidate volunteers.


  • Date: 2008
  • Location: Brussels London
  • Type: Tool
  • Status: In progress