In the past six months we attended several academic and non-academic conferences to discuss the methodological approach we have adopted in Cities-4-People, talk about co-creation and exchange on participatory processes, collective intelligence and (digital) social innovation. We travelled to a large number of countries ranging from Italy to Delft, from The Netherlands to Germany, and from Romania to the UK – the CIVITAS Forum in Umeå, Sweden, aside.
At the two-day COST Connect’s workshop on “How to shape Sustainable Urban Mobility for all” in Bucharest, we had an interesting exchange with several initiatives that share with Cities-4-People similar values and goals concerning greener, more inclusive, safer and smarter urban mobility solutions. These are important contacts that can benefit from our Deployment Toolkit and Replication Guide and from which Cities-4-People can learn.
At the SUMPs-Up (Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans) – Mobility Practitioners workshop in Birmingham we got to know some tools which other projects have used to gather input from citizens and which could be applied to our project. These include best practices to increase the awareness level of younger generations about mobility issues and involve them in urban planning.
In 2018 we also did not miss the opportunity to talk at the Major Cities of Europe conference in Leipzig. Every year in a different city, the conference is an occasion for distinguished speakers from all Europe and worldwide to present the latest ICT innovations in their cities and to share strategies, projects, successes: lots to learn!
In Siena, at the 10th International conference on Sustainable Development and Planning, we found widespread support to our belief that citizen-led initiatives can help develop city infrastructure that is functional and improves the liveability of local residents as well as passers-by. We also agreed that local (non-human) resources should be turned into an additional asset for sustainable urban planning and cradle-to-cradle approaches can be a great opportunity for architecture and urban development.
In Delft we had the chance to present the co-creative approach of Cities-4-People at the final conference of the OpenGovIntelligence project: The first half of the day’s programme focused on government data, why it should be open, and technical solutions aimed at making this data more accessible to citizens, journalists, and researchers. The rest of the day concentrated on the topic of co-creation.
Similarly, at the Open Source Lab in Berlin the discussion focused on the ideal future of mobility, which includes access, sustainability, zero-emissions systems, open source approaches, social inclusion. In this frame, we exchanged on best practices and alternative methods for co-creation and Digital Social Innovation.
Through these events, we aimed at spreading our insights into people-oriented transport and mobility among a wider and wider public. Besides, we also wanted to gather feedback and integrate best practices from other initiatives into our own approach. If you haven’t see us in action or if you have additional evidence to provide us with, make sure to check out which events we will attend in 2019 and come join us!