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Famagusta Avenue Garage
City/Region : Deryneia Municipality , Cyprus

“Famagusta Avenue Garage” is a bi-communal space in Famagusta avenue in Deryneia Municipality, Cyprus, next to the crossing point between the two sides, to be used from both communities for common actions, innovation, gatherings and events. Formally a car mechanic garage, a local family donated the unused space towards community use. The aim is to make it functional, so as to host as many events as possible and showcase to the greater public the potential and dream of a community space for innovation, trust building, collaboration, creativity, entrepreneurship, dialogue, learning, food & drink, networking and entertainment, knowledge and experience sharing.

Agendas addressed
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
Support of active groups and the integration of weaker citizens into society
City/Region : Dačice , Czech Republic

Our transformative action focuses on the equal access of all citizens - regardless of their age, religious, ethnic  or gender - in city life. We try to engage all groups of population in our city events, first of all active citizens in different voluntary and non – profit groups. Our municipality supports those groups financially, promotionally and provides consultancy as free services. Another part of our action is the integration of weaker, disabled, older or anyway threatened citizens into town society, for example to find work for them or guarantee special social services for them in order to empower them. 

Agendas addressed
Social inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Ensure equal access to municipal services
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
Formigine Smart Ligthing
City/Region : Comune di Formigine , Italy

The transformative action focuses on energy transition, committing to reducing consumption and to digitalization through an overall redevelopment of the entire network of public lighting systems.

The project begun in 2015 and is still in progress according to the innovative Energy Performance Contract (EPC) formula, which provides for the redevelopment and management of public lamps by a private company. The project includes the implementation of a video surveillance system. In this project the technology is at the service of the community and the territory for control and security issues and to enhance the beauty of the city's main points of interest.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityClimate change
Public space
Pathways followed
  • Implement sustainable procurement principles
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
Climate-Smart District – a concept for participatory urban planning
City/Region : Helsinki Region Environmental Services Authority , Finland

The concept ‘Climate-Smart District’ presents a large set of concrete participatory measures for shaping low-carbon and climate-resilient urban areas. The concept focuses especially on rail transport station areas, as nodes of sustainable transport and development, but can be applied generally in planning urban areas. The concept offers a three-step path towards the development of climate-smart station areas, including 70 measures in fields of climate change mitigation, resilience, circular economy and social sustainability and health. The measures will be applicable as a participatory web-tool for planners, developers, decisions makers and citizens in urban areas.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationUrban mobilityWater resources and air quality
Climate changePublic spaceHousing
Social inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Circular economy for everyone
City/Region : City of Helsingborg , Sweden

In the city of Helsingborg we are aiming towards circular economy for everyone. Together with citizens, businesses and academia, the city has tested and implemented many different small- and large scale initiatives. Initiatives included in this transformative action are: A quality of life-program, waste collection on demand, an innovative industrial park, turning waste into resources (Vera Park), educating children in 3rd and 5th grade about how to manage a more sustainable lifestyle and a world unique three pipes circular sewer system.

 

Agendas addressed
Water resources and air qualityClimate change
Pathways followed
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Pursue a shift towards a circular economy
  • Accelerate sustainability and innovation through public procurement
Gdynia sustainable by openness
City/Region : Gdynia/Pomerania , Poland

The aim of the city of Gdynia is to ensure a sustainable development in all areas of its functioning with the necessary inclusion of residents in the decision-making processes, among others by above-standard opening of urban data.

In order to meet these assumptions Gdynia has been focusing on high quality of relations with its inhabitants for many years, recently using modern ICT technologies allowing interaction.

Agendas addressed
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integration
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Lens in your pocket to help the species
Organisation : Landscape Laboratory of Guimarães (laboratório da Paisagem) , Portugal

Biodiversity Go! arose from the Guimarães 2030 Sustainability Plan. Using a science citizen concept, this app catalogues fauna and flora species occurring in Guimarães and georeferences them. Data is used to produce information, which helps political decision-making processes to protect biodiversity. Also, this app is important in raising awareness about invasive exotic species and to help prevent further invasions. The success of this transformative action relies on active participation of all citizens in the preservation of the city´s natural heritage. Since 2016, a set of actions involving the scientific community and local inhabitants have been developed in Guimarães using BiodiversityGo!

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationBiodiversityGreenfield land and natural space
Climate change
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Wisely select and apply smart technologies
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
  • Support open data standards
  • Prepare policies for socio-cultural changes due to innovation
Creating Decarbonisation Groups in Community Centres in Santiago de Compostela and Donosti
City/Region : Santiago de Compostela , Spain

The project “Decarbonise! It’s no small feat” has as its main goal the organization and guidance of groups willing to contribute to “decarbonisation” in their own communities, that is, of groups of people willing to enhance community resilience and ease the ecological transition towards low-emission societies.

By means of coordinated work with the Santiago and Donostia city councils and a well-proven methodology, the project has succeeded in incorporating the climate crisis into the sociocultural and community leisure sector and in involving social groups traditionally unconcerned about the climate threat in the implementation of mitigation and adaptation strategies.

Agendas addressed
DecarbonisationClimate change
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
From Bazaar to Shop and to Cooperative: A Women Solidarity Network "POTLAÇ"
City/Region : Kadıköy Municipality , Turkey

To realize “Women Friendly Cities” which refers to the cities where women can benefit equally from economic, social, cultural and political opportunities, it is essential to establish participatory governance mechanisms at the local level. The Potlaç Project was initiated in line with the demand of the women residents of Kadıköy within “Local Equality Action Plan” which is the output of the participatory workshop. Potlaç Project aims to improve the socio-economic situation of women through the Potlaç sales areas and to provide the opportunities for the women residents of Kadıköy to create a strong network of solidarity in the long run.

Agendas addressed
Public spaceSocial inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Nurture a sharing economy
  • Capitalise on local economy and production
  • Create and close local value chains
  • Guarantee equal access to information & digital services
Human Power Hub
City/Region : Câmara Municipal de Braga , Portugal

The Human Power Hub (HPH) consists of a space for training, co-creation and experimentation that generates social innovation. It promotes the construction of a social innovation ecosystem, and as such is an Integrated Social Innovation Center.

The creation of HPH is based on the theoretical assumptions "Community Sense", "Public Procurement / Social Procurement", "Transitional Arena", "Impact Measurement" and "Blended Impact", making it an entrepreneurial, the context of social innovation, structuring, development and implementation of strategies. HPH takes on three challenges: realizing the potential of social innovation; monitoring and evaluating social investment impact; and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Agendas addressed
Social inclusion and integrationLocal economies and employment
Pathways followed
  • Involve citizens through participatory implementation
  • Encourage local private and civic engagement
  • Promote social innovation supporting inclusion
  • Nurture a sharing economy
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