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..:: Open Living Lab Agenda

In several activities, work is ongoing to advance the practice and usability of the “Open Living Lab Agenda”. This is particularly the case in URBiNAT, where the link between living labs, which are relatively concentrated in space, and more far-reaching "Communities of Practice", is explored. Several experiments are undertaken as part of this agenda. In Thessaloniki, 3-5 September, 2019, the URBiNAT Consortium partners Americo Mateus (GUDA – Lisbon), Nathalie Nunes (CES – Coimbra), Ingrid Andersson (IKED – Malmö), and Knud Erik Hilding-Harmann (DTI – Copenhagen) were invited to conduct a workshop during the Open Living Lab days organised by ENOLL, the European Network of Open Living Labs to conduct a workshop . The URBiNAT team took this opportunity to establish the foundations for building a sustainable community of practice on citizens participation in sustainable development. Prior to the workshop, analysis was carried out on all European living labs for the purpose of identifying and clustering common key words. It resulted in four clusters of key words that we introduced as "work in progress" within the workshop. We also mapped out the list of factors that URBiNAT has identified as key to achieving successful citizens participation.

At the workshop we presented our approach to citizens’ participative processes, making use of the tool Mentimeter to engage with 40 participants. On this basis, participants were enabled to identify what factors are most important in each of the clusters, as well as proposing names for the four clusters. Participants then contributed based on their own experience with their chosen cluster group, and each group produced a statement that they would like to unfold in a coming Zoom meeting, which subsequently were followed up on in a series of three zoom meetings, which started 29th of October, picking up on the following topics developed at the workshop:

  • Plunge (have guts) – risk as a means to achieve the cutting edge.
  • How can we inspire a new meaning of life? – How do we create togetherness being authentic, transparent, inclusive, working on a shared agenda and common vision?
  • We need to go local to be able to scale up. But how can we do so sustainably? (Key word seeding/obvious change)
Along a separate but related track, URBiNAT was invited to contribute in a round table on ‘Human and Nature Centred Cities’, in a session ‘Scaling up challenges‘, moderated by Charles Landry, Chair of the European Commission’s High-Level Expert Group on Innovating Cities.

Participants were invited to share with other projects and cities:

  • examples of tools/solutions (systemic, cross-sectorial and solutions) implemented in cities that can be replicated, adapted and up-scaled by other European cities and beyond;
  • examples of processes (participatory multi-stakeholder, co-creation etc.) already implemented in cities that could be further advanced and scaled-up to other European cities and beyond.
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